Welcome to our Collective, collaborative, interdisciplinary toolbox

In spite of a long history of interdisciplinary creation, from our earliest recorded arts to our present moment, artistic pedagogy has created divisions between dance, music, theatre, visual arts, poetry and film. This has left artists in a "post-Babel" condition where we don't share the same language and definitions. It has also encouraged artists to develop practices for devising, creating and composing work that are distinct to their disciplines.

Here are some projects and tools we have collected and used in workshop settings and classes.  Some are from choreographers, some from composers, visual artists and other resources. Some are just quotes about art making, process, senses, composition, technique, how bodies think and more.  Others are ideas for throwing a wrench into your process to shake things up and take a detour from your own habits. 

Feel free to:

  • combine different structures depending on what element of composition you want to focus on (space, dynamics, text etc.). 
  • use the tools and projects with a large groups, small groups, and solo projects. 
  • jot down ideas using large paper for group projects so artists can write or draw ideas as they plan their work.  This way, any of the projects can be done with a range of disciplines- so if the project is about making movement, you can use the same project for making sound.
  • adapt the ideas so they work for your project or activity.

This websites is devoted to the practice of building bridges between disciplines and encouraging artistic promiscuity. To that end we have developed a growing TOOLBOX that includes some practical DEFINITIONSand an archive of TOOLS & PROJECTS for implementation in the classroom or any other site of creation. We've also developed an array of RESOURCES that include a BIBLIOGRAPHY of published texts organized in useful categories, page devoted to some important examples of interdisciplinary collaboration from HISTORY, and a collection of REFERENCES including websites, videos and other examples of work.

This TOOLBOX is a living document and we eagerly welcome you to CONTACT us with your contributions and feedback.