A ‘Re/Action’ is a form of experiential art which resembles a workshop and consists of a series ‘actions’ performed or experienced by participants who interchange between roles of experimenter and audience. The focus is on reflection and introspection, for both the experimenter and participant. The process should generate new questions and evolving iterations for future action and re/action.
1. Initiation: Preparatory sub-actions, questionnaires and tasks that serve as cognitive primers which inform the following actions.
2. Action: The experience [an experiment] This should include qualitative and quantitative measures, further questionnaires, biometric data [sweat response / Heart rate] that feeds back into the experience. Importantly the process and apparatus of data collection are part of the experience.
3. Reflection: Interview and discussion. This should comprise of structured and un/structured elements, recorded and transcribed.
4. Analysis: The experimenter should engage in a process of self/reflection. … Analyse the results in detail and extract meaning from the data* and devising forms of presentation.
This will inform step 5.
5: Re/Action – Re/setting of parameters. After making necessary modifications if, steps 1-4 are repeated.
5a. Documentation: This can include ant documents data* and residual artefacts [apparatus, tools] generated through steps 1-5. This should include detailed notes and diagrams which would aid and potential future Re/Action.
* Qualitative and quantitative data should be thought of as a form of documentation. Similarly, collected audio-visual material should also be thought of as data.