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"HiTEC 067 Y - Systems & Processes III": HiTEC (Histrionic Thought Experiment Cooperative) started out as a group of musicians & dancers invited by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE to try to collectively conduct thought experiments in an attempt to create a group product that wouldn't be based on specific physical instructions. Initially, 53 people were solicited as of Monday, August 25, 2008, & possibly 33 declined (most by just not replying) or dropped out; & 22 were left participating. Over the 20 months of HiTEC's existence, there were 40 participants. No more than 21 ever played together at once. 11 of those 40 only rehearsed w/ us once & then dropped out. The 2 dancers, Ilona Auth (4 rehearsals), & Margaret Campbell (3 rehearsals) never performed live w/ us. That left 24 'hard-core' participants. tENT tried to make this project ever-changing enough to keep it stimulating while preserving the somewhat difficult to learn skeleton of the Systems Management Thought Experiments. The 1st time that HiTEC branched out into an educational situation was when Alberto Almarza had tENT guest lecture to his "Worlds within Worlds" art class at the Mattress Factory installation museum. That was numbered HiTEC 033 Z - with the letters starting from the end of the alphabet. That's why this is "Y" because this is another educational situation.
SO, this 67th incarnation was a continuation of 065 & 066 Y. tENT was asked to teach 4 classes to art students at Carnegie Mellon University by the professor for the class, artist Jon Rubin. The subject was "Systems & Processes", something central to HiTEC. tENT's 2nd of the 4 classes picked up from the historical & philosophical background of the previous class to try to engage the students in more direct participation by asking them to Manage HiTEC Systems. This 3rd class has only about half the students in attendance. tENT is joined by 3 other HiTEC Systems Managers: Hyla Willis, who brought her Erhu; Joy Toujours, who brought his violin; & Josh Beyer, who brought his cello. tENT brought in a multitude of small easily played percussion instruments to give the students objects to manipulate. People were also encouraged to document the actions of the class with their own cell-phones & to share this footage to help make the document collective. The students who were left after the attrition process of the 2 previous classes were the ones who provided the impetus for shaping the final class's product. Even though there was some struggle for the class to comprehend what was happening & for tENT to adequately address their questions some communication seems to've been achieved. Hyla let the students play her erhu. Eventually, the class goes to a student center for a sort of dry run application of what's been learned so far in a guerrilla playfare situation. This class took place on November 4, 2009.
- May 5, 2019 notes from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE
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