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# UP PEN DOWN 
### [Théâtre la Balsamine (9-10-2017 → 13-10-2017)](http://balsamine.be/saison-16-17/up-pen-down.html)
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Up Pen Down is a research based on the encounter between digital typography and
choreography. By transforming the code into physical movement the project traces
the borders between the practice of choreography and programming. After five days
of preparation open to external participants the research will be closed through
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a public lecture-performance

[Théâtre la Balsamine, Avenue Félix Marchal 1, 1030 Schaerbeek](http://balsamine.be/)
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---

Up Pen Down est une recherche basée sur la rencontre entre typographie digitale
et chorégraphie. Par un processus physique de mise en mouvement du code le
projet trace des ligatures entre partitions chorégraphiques et programmation.
Après cinq journées de préparation ouvertes aux participants externes, l'atelier
se terminera par une performance commentée publique.

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[Théâtre la Balsamine, Avenue Félix Marchal 1, 1030 Schaerbeek](http://balsamine.be/)

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Up Pen Down is een onderzoek gebasseerd op de ontmoeting tussen digitale
typografie en choreografie. Door code als een daadwerkelijke beweging uit te
voeren onderzoeken we de lagunes tussen de praktijk can choregrafie en
programmeren. Na vijf dagen van voorbereiding ― open voor deelnemers, wordt het
atelier gepresenteerd met een lezing-performance open voor het publiek.
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[Balsamine theater, Félix Marchallaan 1, 1030 Schaarbeek](http://balsamine.be/)
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##  Process path
The research has developed itself in stages through several workshops over the the past two years. Reworking a workshop OSP organized to explorer performative typography with graphic design students, OSP invited Adva Zakai as a professional performance artist, close to us.

#### 2015 - Workshop Up Pen Down at la Balsamine theater during the “Quinzaine numérique”

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<figcaption><p>Example of logo drawings code. Human grid as an excersice for collective drawing. Or the mapping of a path.</p></figcaption></figure>


For this 2 day workshop OSP invited artist / dancer / choreographer Adva Zakai to reinterpret a workshop originially organised at xxxx Valence. And took as a starting point the relation between typographic movement and code. We started by executing simple commands or computer code ― walking on the lines a computer would have drawn. We quickly tried to develop movements through more abstract ways. In a exercice, movement rules were regulating the move of a groupe of people, in other each participant was inventing its own movement rules that other participants had to decode. Rapidly we developed a new game of coding and decoding.


#### 2016 - Workshop Metahoguet at La Maison du Livre in the frame of the Saison numérique 
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Hosted by the Maison du Livres a digital typeface was drawn collaboratively using Metapost in a two day workshop. Metapost is a specialized  programming language developed for parametric drawing. As letters were drawn using code rather than manipulating a preview through a graphical interface we could drawn together live and simultaneously with a collaborative text editor, Etherpad. During the workshop, this shared pad was projected in parallel with its graphical interpretation. This way all the participants could contribute with their letter(s) being aware of the evolution of the letters drawn by the others.

Linked up with this common screen; a *plotter* (pen tracer) allowing live drawing of the designed steps. These snapshots where exhibited so that visitors could feel the collective font process. Next to these snapshots specimens of the final font were drawn with a mural plotter during the opening of the exhibition.

Drawing collaboratively through code asked for a different process in considering shape.


#### 2016 - Worksession at Buda (Courtrai), at OSP WTC and GC Ten Weyngaert (Forest)

In order to analyze and further the research started at Balsamine we organized three working sessions.

In the two first sessions in Buda (October 2016) and at WTC (January 2017), we looked back on the experiment at la Balsamine theater. Throughout our discussions we developped a common vocabulary and tried to precise our research scope. We identified three programming languages, each being able to describe or encode a drawing but all coming with their own approaches on how to desribe shape and motion. These languages were linked to approaches of movement we had developed to arrive at strategies of interpretation.

During the last session at GC Ten Weyngaert (January 2017) we invited two external guests, Louise Baduel and Sarah van Lamsweerde, to reflect on the work we'd developed and to find new insigts and directions to continue This last session helped us to realise how each worksession was preceded by exchanges on practices of the participants and that these sessions are crucial to establish a shared vocabulary and shared base of knowledge. The "lecture performance" we're organizing in Balsamine in October 2017 is for us a logical next step.

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<figcaption><p>Session at Buda Kortrijk, with 3 Recipes for an 'R', drawn by the plotter, performed and exploration of the Bezier curve.</p></figcaption>
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<figcaption><p>Session at WTC, excecuting the recipes in a grid.</p></figcaption>
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<figcaption><p>Research session at GC Ten Weyngaret, with Sarah van Lamsweerde and Lousie Baduel.</p></figcaption>
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## Inventory



### Dance notations

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Besides the two schools of Laban and Benesh, we can mention other notation systems. 

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* [Eshkol-Wachman movement notation](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eshkol-Wachman_movement_notation )
![](https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d1/Manuscript_page.png)

* [Le Danse.R, Raphael Bach](http://notadanse.asso-web.com/uploaded/Notices/notice-du-danse-r.pdf)

### Tools, dictionaries, programming languages

* Understanding Bezier curves 
![](https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3d/B%C3%A9zier_2_big.gif/240px-B%C3%A9zier_2_big.gif)
![](https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/db/B%C3%A9zier_3_big.gif/240px-B%C3%A9zier_3_big.gif)


* Logo language
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Seymour Papert, «Talking Turtle», video documentary
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[Logo commands](http://derrel.net/ep/logo/logo_com.htm )
[Logo Interpreter PZI](https://gitlab.com/pzi-prototyping/seymour)
* [Another Logo Interpreter]https://github.com/inexorabletash/jslogo

* HPGL [HPGL Manuals](http://music.columbia.edu/cmc/chiplotle/manual/chapters/tutorial/shapes.html/ )

* Metafont 

* Hektor 
![](http://etat.augmenter-partager.ensad.fr/content/01-home/03-jurg_lehni/10-script.png)

* INkML
[InkML](https://www.w3.org/TR/InkML/ )
![](https://www.w3.org/TR/InkML/hello.png)

* GML
[Graffiti Markup Language - GML](http://www.graffitimarkuplanguage.com/g-m-l-spec/ )


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## Mediagraphy, ressources

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### Readings

* Fernand Baudin, L’écriture au tableau noir, Retz, 1984
* [Walter Crane, Line and Form, 1900](http://www.gutenberg.org/files/25290/25290-h/25290-h.htm )
* Tim Ingold, Une Brève histoire des lignes, Zones Sensibles, 2011
* [Vilém Flusser, «Le geste d’écrire», in Flusser Studies, n°8, Mai 2009](http://reader.lgru.net/texts/le-geste-decrire/ ) - http://www.flusserstudies.net/pag/08/le-geste-d-ecrire.pdf (english link is broken)
* [Donald Knuth, «The Concept of a Meta-Font», in Visible Language, issue 16.1, January 1982; traduction «Le concept de métafonte», in Communication et langages, n°55, 1983, pp. 40–53,](http://www.persee.fr/web/revues/home/prescript/article/colan_0336-1500_1983_num_55_1_1549 )
* Donald Knuth, «Lessons learned from MetaFont», in Visible Language, issue 19.1, December 1985
* Gerrit Noordzij, The Stroke — theory of writing, Hyphen Press, 2006
* [Femke Snelting, «Scenes of Pressures and relief», 2009](http://snelting.domainepublic.net/texts/pressure.txt )
* [Seymour Papert, «Talking Turtle», documentaire vidéo](https://youtu.be/bOf4EMN6-XA?list=PLlUr-fJyB7_jbEOS0sgQ9HutBN3LUJLa7 )
* [François Chastanet, «Dishu: Ground Calligraphy in China»](http://vimeo.com/album/1877116 )
* [Typographic vocabulary relating to body](http://www.zigzaganimal.be/elements/zigzag_anatomie-typographique.pdf ) 
* [Of the Just Shaping of Letters by Albrecht Dürer](http://www.zigzaganimal.be/elements/just_shaping_scan.pdf ), traduction anglaise à partir de la version latine de Underweysung der Messung mit dem Zirckel und Richtscheyt, livre III


### Researches
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* [Possible bodies] http://possiblebodies.constantvzw.org/inventory/


### Dance and drawing
* [Drumming, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas & Ictus] http://www.rosas.be/fr/productions/355-drumming
* [Trisha Brown Drawing/Performance](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7DQVW6qRq8)
* [Penwald: 8: 12 by 12 on knees, Tony Orrico](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UeuL5BUgBM)


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### Scenography of writing
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* [The Powers of Katsu](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UK6_cp5Q6I)

same movement/sign with differents parts of the body

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* Stanley Brouwn.
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In 1960, Stanley Brouwn started *This Way Brouwn* serie, itenarary sketches 
En 1960, il commence la série This Way Brouwn, sketches of itinerary sketched by passers-by to whom he asks his way and where he then imposes his stamp.
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![](https://walker-col.imgix.net/wac_7776.tif?fm=jpg&w=1440&h=1050&fit=max)

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