In Transit: Sensorium Gymnasium
Here’s a summary of developments so far by Catherine and me for our explorations at Sydney Performance Space, July/August 2009
How do we stay in touch with who we are in essence, at the level of the body, when we are using/interacting with technology?
Along the continuum of travelling between worlds indifferent, imagined & emergent, we are in transit.
“Travellers” have entered the “Sensorium Gymnasium” (SG) via the “Living Room” space where they learn about our (proposed) “Awareness Through Movement/thinking through the body”/mp3 player/voice guided journey” through the SG.
Travellers, tuned in to their mp3 player, leave their personal belongings safely in the “Living Room” and are free to interact with all or any of the SG’s various installations.
The sound track through the mp3 player is a sequence of mini Feldenkrais “Awareness Through Movement” explorations that will draw attention to the felt experience of the body and to the question of “how we stay in touch with who we are in essence, at the level of the body, when we are using / interacting with technology?”. Long gaps between voice-cued mini explorations allow for ease of participating in all that the SG has to offer. The content and timing of the mp3 soundtrack can be refined during our workshop days together. Catherine and I are currently working together to develop the basis before then.
As we’re imaging the SG, we see the Video-Cued Recall (VCR) installation as the finale, an exit point. Prior to that, we imagine the “Transit Lounge”, which can be as simple as 6 chairs lined up in a row. The mp3 soundtrack provides the instruction for what to do in each chair (See below). The traveller begins in chair #1 & goes through the 6 transit processes, then moves into the VCR booth for #7 (The Telling Wave).
If there can/is to be a sensor data component that can reflect in visual and/or sound scape the variations of movement quality in the 6 lounges, fantastic! For example, can there be a generative screen in front of the 6 chairs that can be experienced by other travellers from the other side?
IN TRANSIT: (experience is the test of reality)
1. The responsive wave
I am waving just to get someone’s attention: automatic, external aim, achieves end, attention seeking; time is compressed
2. The conscious wave
I am waving; I am a body waving in time; change of context; there has been a pre-wave influence (an imagined experience of my body/myself waving); there is reflection through the body’s experience
3. The attentive wave
I am noticing how I am waving; I am attention; my wave is embodied; time is elongated
4. The passive wave
I am feeling my arm being moved through the waving pathway; unbound experience through the body (in relation to the body of another).
5. The integrated wave
I am feeling the sensation of my arm, my whole body, myself waving; I am waving for the experience of waving
6. The double feedback wave
I am joined with another person; we wave; shared experience (in response to one another, waving as one)
7. The telling wave
Reflective wave; considered experience; video-cued recall
EMERGENT: (aesthetic experience is the judge)