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This is a digital portfolio of the research project “Between a Kick and a Cuddle, a fluid-methodology based on DOUBT and CONFUSION” (see research thesis here)

The tangible portfolio is a box containing a deck made of 43 picture cards, an 8-face die and a booklet with guidelines on how to use and read the cards. (click on the photos aside). It also includes acetate inserts and a poster.

It is a tool for training, creating and (artistic) self-learning.

The ATE (Accountable Temporary Expedients) cards are made to:

-practice the ATE fluid-methodology,
-set a structure for a composition,
-or find a focus for the day.

They are divided in three decks:

22 ATE cards, representing tasks constituting the methodology as of today
15 Notion (or theme) cards
Trigger cards
8 Numbers on a die, to distort the tasks

Order a box by emailing



If you do not have a tangible deck, you can use the video on this page (play / pause), to pick a number of cards forming your spread. Spreads and guidelines for reading and activating the ATE will be found in the booklet (direct download here)

Of course there are more ways, and the fluid-methodology allows for as many interpretation and contamination as there are users.
The cards can help challenge you and reveal different ways in which to approach a situation that may have become stagnant.

You do not have to have had a “dance training” to use the deck.
What you need is the willingness to develop an openness to confusion and doubt.

Learning the ATE is a self-paced process that begins with the basics and then moves gradually into more detailed aspects of the practice.


So here is an invitation to you:

To look for moments of loss of attention and help yourself and/or those engaging with you in this methodology to provoke changes, experience uncertainty, be in doubt, and practice becoming comfortable with these states. Feel free to adapt the cards to your own interpretation or apply them to the situation you will be dealing with.

” Think for yourself. Question authority. Throughout human history, as our species has faced the frightening, terrorizing fact that we do not know who we are, or where we are going in this ocean of chaos. It has been the authorities, the political, the religious, the educational authorities who attempted to comfort us by giving us order, rules, regulations, informing, forming in our minds their view of reality. To think for yourself you must question authority and learn how to put yourself in a state of vulnerable, open- mindedness; chaotic, confused, vulnerability to inform yourself. Think for yourself. Question authority. “ (Timothy Leary, 1996)

Now, try to get out of your comfort zone.

NB: The cards can be used individually or with others. Their content emerges from dance practice, but its use is not limited to it. Other creative practices can interact with it as a generative tool.

Enjoy the ride!