IRQDS: THE WORKINGS OF AN INTERRUPT DISCUSSION SESSION
IRQds are organized so as to encourage open discussion. There will be a number of artists, theorists, and researchers who have been invited to speak, but we do not ask them to give papers or even panel-style presentations. Instead, they will prepare a five- minute IRQ. An IRQ may take any form. Typically, it will be expository or performative. However, an IRQ should invite further processing in terms of discussion. The IRQds will be moderated by a designated CPU. The CPU will process but not generate IRQs.
> Invited speakers are asked, if at all possible, to attend all the IRQds scheduled for the Studio whether or not they hold an IRQ for a particular session. Invited participants will be seated in a large circle or semi-circle during each IRQds, with other attendees surrounding them.
> At each IRQds four or five of the named speakers will have the right to use their IRQ. At any time, they may interrupt the discussion and hold the floor, uninterrupted, for a maximum of five minutes (no minimum).
> One of the named speakers—chosen randomly or by consensus—will begin each IRQds with his or her five-minute intervention, and so use up an IRQ. If the chosen IRQ holder does not wish to begin the discussion, s/he may instead nominate another IRQ holder.
> Once a speaker has completed an IRQ, discussion is open to all attendees, including the other IRQ holders. Discussion will be strictly moderated: all interruptions of all kinds must pass through the CPU.
> The remaining speakers with IRQs are asked to attend to the discussion carefully and—rather in the manner of an old-school Quaker meeting, minus any ritual or dogma—listen for the moment when their prepared IRQs would be most beneficial to the overall IRQds’ expressive processing.