Glossary

This space is dedicated to a glossary of key terms in Performer Science. All definitions are subject to change – the aim is to maintain a pragmatic terminological corpus, to be extended and renewed in the process of dialogue and joint action.

Constraints: Applying a «general complexity» perspective (Morin), processes are always constrained by the way structures are organised at distinct systemic levels. Actual or potential processes depend on what the organisation of structures affords. We may illustrate this point with a statement attributed to the late Maltese philosopher, Fr. Peter Serracino Inglott: «I am body, organised in such a way that, with language, I say, ‘I have a mind’».

Knowledge: In Performer Science, knowledge is defined as the knower’s dynamic state of being, the complex organisation of dynamic structures which the knower is and which determine the knower’s actions and interactions, the knower’s “sphere of action”.

Pedagogy: Following Fabrizio Cruciani’s lead, Performer Science defines pedagogy as a process of growth each individual undergoes autonomously, scientifically, creatively … never in a vacuum, of course, but always with(-)in specific cultural, socio-economic constraints.

Performer: Given that, according to contemporary theory, all are performers nowadays, Performer Science follows Jerzy Grotowski’s lead in considering Performer with a capital “P” as a cognitive (knowledge) potential, a state of being that allows for receptive action and active seeing.

Science: Within Performer Science’s complexity perspective, science is primarily defined essentially as any systematic approach or method which builds upon the innate cognitive faculty to establish distinctions, relationships, predictions and evaluations, abilities which are developed diversely, subconsciously or consciously, by each individual within biological, sociological, cultural and ecological constraints in the course of the individual’s life practices.

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