Experiments in the Women’s Centre Nottingham. Melanie Jeffs, manager of the Women’s Centre Nottingham has given me access to a space that I am currently using for studio experiments around the body and technology. As with my previous experiments I am particularly interested in how the body learns – picking up information about an environment through tacit inference whilst distracted (with technology).
The first movements were considered by using my technology (the laptop) in the space, then through developing some of the postures without the technology present. A kind of mimesis – but a re-learning, questioning what my body is picking up from the point of interaction between the device and the environment.
A few hours spent moving, testing, extending and replicating the postures I use when working on my laptop. The weight of my body as I worked on the floor with my laptop was shifted to one side. My shoulders were often rounded and my back included a top of the shoulder curve and a lower back curve. The raised wrists gave my hands an awkward hanging look.
The postures were less dynamic than other tests due to the sedentary nature of my engagement with the laptop – when working with a mobile phone for instance, I was able to move and test myself against the space more readily. The shapes of my body were often flaccid with a certain ugliness and replicating them gave me a sense of impatience. It is interesting to note that the laziness induced by the interaction with the laptop would normally be overcome by the distraction it provides. When repeating the postures without the technology I had a heightened awareness of the stultifying effect of my body’s posture.