When tracing the history surrounding St. Ives and the studios, it is inevitable that one ends up reading alot about pilchards and the 'Huers' that helped locate shoals of fish from clifftops. This led me to thinking about the subtleties of shoal behaviour.
In my research I came across a useful behavioural model, designed by Craig Reynolds, that described elements of shoal behaviour, also known as 'flocking'. The three rules of flocking are:
SEPARATION: not crowding/colliding with others
ALIGNMENT: facing the same way
COHESION: staying close to each other
As shown in the picture to the left!
These rules make for interesting performance instructions. Imagine multiple performers following these rules in a sonic/musical way to create a 'shoal' of sound that contains multitudes but moves as a single organism? It would certainly be exciting to explore.
Since these rules were originally written as a computer model, I have began to research the possibility of a visual shoal, programmed or filmed, as being the impetus for the performers' movements (sonic, not spatial!)