A Barony in the Kingdom of An Tir which is
a Part of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA, Inc)
The Baronial Arts and Sciences Championship will be held at Candlemas. We'll have three competitions at the event: bardic, artisan and reearch. Letters of intent are due to Their Excellencies (with a copy to the A&S Minister) by 15 December. Drafts of research papers are due to the A&S Minister by 12th Night.
The Arts and Sciences Competition of the Barony has been complete revamped into an exciting new format.
There are now three types of competition, object, performance and research. Details are still being developed but the links to the right and the following paragraphs should give a pretty good indication of how cool this competition is going to be.
This competition paradigm focuses on breadth and depth of knowledge as demonstrated in a single field chosen by the artisan. For instance, a weaver would demonstrate breadth of knowledge (both intellectually and "in the hands") about weaving in the medieval period by being able to produce woven objects of some skill from a specific times and place. They should know what sort of materials were used, how to select the ones proper to the task, what weave structures were used, and how to produce woven cloth on the tools used in that time and place.
Depth of knowledge would be demonstrated by picking a particular sub-set of the craft, in this case weaving, done in period, based on what is known about how the people of that time structured their craft divisions, and learning the skill necessary to produce the entire range of objects within that sub-category. In tablet weaving it would mean being able to produce bands in all of the medieval techniques to a high degree of skill and to draft designs rather than just copy the drafts of others.
Once this type of depth is obtained the artisan/scientist is able to create original works that completely embody the skills and aesthetic used by the artisans/scientists of the SCA-period. The artisan has become a medieval artisan and is able to move beyond copying extant works and move into the realm of creating original medieval items.
The competition is based on the following core values:
Each competitor will submit one entry consisting of four objects: one final object that is the competition piece and that is thoroughly documented as to time and place, period aesthetics, period tools, period materials, and period processes, and three objects that demonstrate the development or mastery of the skills required to produce the final object.
Presentation should focus on:
Judging will be done by a panel of three knowledgeable judges and the assessment made by the judges will follow the attached judging sheet. The standard against which the entry will be judged is that of similar objects found in the designated time and place.
The judging sheet will assess the development of skill, the use of period tools, materials and process, the successful integration/internalization of a medieval aesthetic, and the level of sophistication and elegance the artisan/scientist has achieved based on the same level achieved by the medieval artisan/scientist.
The competitor will have up to an hour to make an oral presentation to the judges and answer their questions. At the judges' discretion members of the audience may also ask questions. The judges will then have 45 minutes to deliberate and fill out the judging forms.
In order to encourage and support a depth based competition the Minister of Arts and Sciences and the Arts and Sciences community will:
The joy of "making" is often lost in the preparation for a competition, although it is the foundation of all artistic creation. Artisans/scientists should have a place where creativity is a higher value than documentation or re-construction. Therefore, an A&S tournament for historically-inspired (but not necessarily documentable) objects will to be held separately from the competition and at a different event thus giving artisans free-reign to express their creativity.
A person adequately prepared to enter a competition of this type will have come closer to the reality of a medieval artisan/scientist than is achieved with the current model. In preparing for the competition the participant will also have learned how to do research, to document, and be well on the way to having mastered a skill. All of which prepare the person to enter a Kingdom competition if desired.
This competition used to be known as the bardic competition.
This competition focuses on the demonstration of both breadth and depth of knowledge and skill of a chosen pre-1650 type of performance art. Breadth of knowledge is demonstrated by choosing an example of a specific performance art, locating it in a specific time and place, and then contrasting and comparing the chosen example to the same ( or similar) form(s) elsewhere both before and after the chosen time frame. Depth of knowledge is demonstrated by presenting a performance of how your specific example was done in the chosen time and place.
Judging will be done by a panel of three knowledgeable judges. Judges will assess the level of relevant skills demonstrated in the performances, the use of appropriate aesthetics and performance style, the completeness of the documentation, and the level of sophistication and elegance the performer achieved. Competitors will be expected to meet a minimum skill level in order to be eligible to become champion.
Each competitor has up to an hour to make the presentation to the judges and answer their questions. At the discretion of the judges the audience may also ask questions. The judges will then have 45 minutes to deliberate. Additionally, each competitor may be asked to perform their competition piece in evening court by Their Excellencies.
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