The space between landscape and character.

Perhaps when faced with an image, a scene, a notion; the body cannot help but respond.

The image reveals and conceals.

In the cold glow of my computer in the early hours sorting through endless images place has become confused.

I skip from the sensation of the Irish mist on my skin to the despair felt witnessing a police man accuse.

My camera, my eye collects these scenes. They have been stored now for some time. My body, my muscles, my mind collects sensations.
A complex maze of understanding, comprehending and journeying to allow them to become something complete.

Moving from the sensation of the body in landscape moving as score to the stimulus of reaction; to endless notations of these characters I will always collect.

The space between landscape and character.

How can one landscape be remembered on the body as it shifts in arduous journeys from one scene to the next?

Landscape can become a human entity.

Sifting now through a mountain of images, these faces, glimpsed only in a moment, become narrative, The man who sleeps on the grass, the noble eyes of the old man, the two blondes, the lady with the tesco flags, the tribes man in central London. Each portray with their body autobiographical fragments of their context, culture.

The body as an archive for the experience of site and the movements encountered by routine of daily life, the body acts a transmitter and carrier, which can promote the notion of embodied performance.

The built environment within this research acts a container for human activity; rather than a constriction.
In my meanderings between scenes of landscape and character; I keep asking; how does place affect the ways in which people move and how the built environment creates a certain codes of movement which through history begin to shape the ways in which spaces are designed to cater for the presence of such action.

The practice of choreography in this context extends beyond the limits of dance; choreography here reflects a socio-spatial practice exploring and framing the movement of bodies in space and time as means to a cultural discourse as to how people use space and the various social syntaxes this encompasses.

But also: I return to landscape; the sensation of the body at liberty; indulging in sensations of the rural which do not have to interact with urban codes and conventions, but how far do such codes actually exist; or is the case rather; in the urban realm where bodies co-exist within higher densities that certain conventions occur as code simply because of mass abiding and mutual co-enforcement.

I wonder if I can be so free in the city as in the wild hills; to remove social preoccupation; but then it becomes a consideration of stimulus; a the roaring sea, vast open plains; endless mists; or rubbish bags and the heaving mass of other bodies. If I am using reaction to context as movement stimulus then the liberty and freedom experience of the rural exists because of reaction to context; which therefore shifts when applied to mounds of rubbish.

the space between.

~ by beatricejarvis on June 14, 2011.

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