Workshop 2: Imagining the ‘Sensorium Gymnasium’

Excerpts from Saturday’s discussion at Bundanon, on aims and possible outcomes for the Performance Space workshop and public showing:

Jonathan: I think for me the bridge between Feldenkrais and media arts is not really what Feldenkrais can do for media arts or what media arts can do for Feldenkrais. What I’ve taken away from this workshop is the idea of a shift in attention. And I think Feldenkrais is good at creating that shift in attention, and I think that Media Art is good at creating that shift in attention – I think that’s the bridge – that’s the area where we are really working.

Maggie: The organising principle of what we’re doing, is beauty, aesthetics, experience.  For example I go to an art gallery because I want to emerge from that place into the world – into a world that is more beautiful and inspiring.  And this is also why I do Feldenkrais. And I have a taste that these experiences are possible through media art. So it seems to me, that through being together… our process is not something we can transpose literally but rather we have this organising principle; we have this intention that if people interact with us next time we’re together, that they are invited in – in order to emerge out of there seeing the world differently because of the aesthetic experience they have had.

Lizzie: We’ve got to this point where we all agree that Feldenkrais as a process and methodology is like art, in that it brings awareness to, attention to aspects of our felt experience that then allows us to grow and develop.  I think the next stage is to make some art, with that in mind.  That art making need not necessarily be technological or “ART” with a capital A, that then goes on to be in a gallery. Instead we should think of making “aesthetic experiences” for each other.  I think there is value at Performance Space in inviting people in to take part in those experiences. I think we should make some aesthetic experiences for each other and then invite people to come and share them. We can do it in groups of 3 or 2 or 1 or whatever, and the experiences can be time-based workshops, they could be objects, they could be simple installations, they could be a set of instructions, they could be tasks.  Within that, we’ve got an objective to create something new together – and that those experiences are going to open up our minds and our bodies to new things – and that’s the legacy of this project.

Catherine: (paraphrased) That’s basically what we’ve been doing here at Bundanon and at Campbelltown but I think it’s changed now from each of us trying to teach each other, to us asking ourselves, and working together to discover things about our felt experience of our bodies and the way that relates to our practices. And that’s what we can try and build on together and share with the people that come to Performance Space.

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