The Blob Club mix
I am a blob. I am a cloud. I am a lump. What are they fictional characters I inhabit? How can I enter a fictional body that can dance in another way. I can move like tall person, I can move as dog, I can feel like tank of liquid. I can dance as a blob. A blob is a kind of entity that has no shape. It has no specific knowledge but at the same time it can absorb anything. An object that never strives towards a definite form. The blob allows me to reach an energetic and sensing state where anything can happen.
The dance takes over and I start to think of the dance as something outside of myself. This way of thinking allows me to be with the dance, toaccompany and witness it. It co-exists outside of myself and inside myself. I stand on the threshold.
I am tapping in while zoning out
I am trying to enter the in-between, The Void.
I want to relax in the void, careful and curious
I never really want to get it
I am witness, I am witness to my own movement
The object is a witness to my movements
The movement quietly observes me as I go
I quietly observe the movement as I go
Together we forget what we observed and just go.
We laugh, we stop, we look, we listen, it goes away, I go somewhere and it comes back when I go around the corner. We talk, we go again. I befriend the dance. Withholding is beautiful.
Vielleicht kann man nur sagen “Die Stille war voller Geschrei.”- Aber niemals: “Das Geschrei war voller Stille”.
Maybe you can only say “The silence was full of screaming” – but never: “The screaming was full of silence”.
Together with Bettina and Nikola we researched on the rhythm of hesitation.
We were interested to work more intensively with the physical quality and dynamics of hesitation focusing in particular on the element of ‘pre-gesture’: What internal organisation of tension and weight organisation takes place in the body before a decision is made and what visual effect does this process have on the quality of the movement that results from this hesitation? How can this rhythm of hesitation be made tangible?
In this video you can see a try out with contact microphones touching different kind of fabrics in order to create a rhythm which emerges out of little weight shifts and specific movements. In the video you see us getting more familiar with how the structure can work for us experimenting with what movements create which kind of sound and improvising together with the notion of action and reaction creating specific rhythms in the sound and in the movement itself. It is still a rough draft that we expose here and the sound quality is quite poor on the video but still we thought its worth sharing this step in our process.
when i watch your dance i feel moved. its like you merge with all around and at the same time you move space.
or does space move you?
while filming you, I couldn‘t see the whole picture…in some
moments i felt a bit overwhelmed because there was so much happening. so many details.
for me, it almost looks like the movement are flowing through you. its so natural and clear.
~when i watch you dance i feel moved-
from a film, to a scene, to a story.
“Like pregnancy, being a foreigner, Ashima believes, is something that elicits the same curiosity from strangers, the same combination of pity and respect.” – Jhumpa Lahiri
Audio credit: Namesake reprise by Nitin Sawhney
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film and sound by Joséphine Auffray
“ I look at it. I know I have the power. I am the predator. I know I can devour it any time. But I want to take my time. The best is there: taking my time to enjoy the ‘before’ than the moment itself. But I am weirdly drawn to it. Almost like if I was dependent on it. But didn’t I say I had the power? The power of choosing when is enough or when I want more? It is almost like if this thing was controlling me. I can not take my eyes away from it. It is hypnotizing me, controlling me. But I like it, I enjoy it, I desire it. It seduces me and I seduce it. We are becoming one.“
What kind of material can calm down anger, what can increase it? How can material underline or disturb this explosive mood? We have a space full of hanging empty frames that can be interpreted as open doors or closed frontiers, mirrors, swings, friends or enemies. Different shapes of foam and air objects are ready to absorb strong movements without hurting it or oneself. A stuffing machine offers an experimental and productive field to transform anger into masses or objects to interact with.
Visualization: Claudia Gali
Is this blog giving a view into my piece or a view into me as a person? In the case of the solo, which was created with the theme of “self-portrait,” is there a difference?
I once heard about an art exhibition where the walls were covered in pages from people’s personal journals. Little glimpses into their lives and inner worlds and feelings in a straightforward kind of way. I imagine you wouldn’t have to read too much into the words or spend too much time interpreting. No poetry. Just some things that happened. Some documentation. Maybe it was something important, but maybe not. Possibly inarticulate and with grammar errors. Entirely unfiltered and honest because it was not made self-consciously with an audience in mind. And I imagine that reading them would be like observing people who think they’re alone.
I appreciate the idea that life in itself is art. The little, funny, passing moments as well as the long, complex, painful ones. Just as they are. Without any frame or contextualization or abstraction.
(But I did edit and caption that photo, so I guess it’s a balance between truth and fiction. Perhaps being able to see both sides is what’s most intriguing. To see the facade and what’s underneath. Am I just describing intimacy?)
A while ago we did an experiment with our sound designer Nikola. As we could not share the same space due to the Corona Pandemic we discussed different formats of still working together and decided to overcome our hesitation of trying a jam over a video transmission.
Within the form of a Skype Jam Session we investigated our ideas of sound and movement. This session we captured in three different perspectives: Screen recording, video recording of studio action, video recording of Nikola’s home sound studio. Due to the video transfer, converting and editing some of the sound got lost. For that reason editing the video became also a little experiment of matching sound and image and of what we hear in the different spaces.
For us it was an interesting experiment and experience of having some kind of ghost presence in the studio. Nevertheless this try out was also connected to a feeling of melancholia and frustration due to delayed and transformed transmission and the absence of Nikola in the space manifesting itself through a weird and challenging tech set up. We told ourselves: don’t judge before you have tried but as a result of the experience we would say you can not replace a live presence and personal connection via the internet. And maybe that is also a comforting thought?