In the framework of the TKB research project (coordinated by Carla Fernandes - PhD Linguistics at Universidade Nova de Lisboa: FCSH), the Linguistics Centre of the New University of Lisbon (CLUNL) and Espaço do Tempo have organized a series of six research Labs-in-residence throughout the 3 years of the project, dedicated to several topics related to performing arts analysis, creation and documentation.
The motivational idea was to provide a time and space for the organization of several hands-on Arts&Science Labs in the intersection of cognitive linguistics, performance studies and new media, leading to a productive interchange of research results or works-in-progress and to the natural development of simultaneous "art labs" and "science studios".
The first anual Lab (TKB Lab #1) took place at the choreographic centre "O Espaço do Tempo" in Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal, between 22 and 28 May 2010.
The research topic was "New models of documentation for contemporay dance", mainly focusing on the then emerging TKB project - while based on Rui Horta's material - and the follow-ups of the "Inside Movement Knowledge" project from Emio Greco/PC, Amsterdam, accommodating other research projects in this or similar domains, small or big-scale, based in Portugal or around the globe.
At the crossings of cognitive linguistics, contemporary dance and new media, researchers on the choreographic work of Emio Greco l PC (Bertha Bermudez and Scott DeLahunta: DS/DM installation), Rui Horta (Carla Fernandes: TKB Project), Siobhan Davies (Sarah Wahtley: Archive Project) and William Forsythe (Norah Shaw: Synchronous Objects) have participated in the LAB and presented results at the public conference.
Intermediate hands_on Labs:
- Novembre 2010 at CLUNL and FCT/UNL under the topic “TKB Creation-Tool and future online archive”
- June 2011 at Teatro Maria Matos, under the topic "The TKB Creation-Tool: a digital notebook"
- July 2011 at the choreographic centre "O Espaço do Tempo" in Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal:
"Usability tests on the TKB Creation-Tool"
TKB Lab #1 - May 2010 at the choreographic centre "O Espaço do Tempo" in Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal, under the topic"New models of documentation for contemporay dance"
TKB Lab #2 - Octobre 2011 at the choreographic centre "O Espaço do Tempo" in Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal, under the topic "How a contemporary dance archive can become a Knowledge-Base".
TKB Lab #3 - June 2012 at the choreographic centre "O Espaço do Tempo" in Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal: last Lab-in-residence of the project, under the topic: “Video annotation and archiving of performing arts practices”, dedicated to final tests to the Creation-Tool, using Motion Tracking functionalities, and to the programming of the future archive platform to be launched in March 2013.