Ecological perception through drawing; notation and bodily movement in the gallery site, with a practice-based emphasis on drawing as a means to generate performance.
In the beginning I opened up the drawing process to participants in the gallery, inviting them to draw on strips of canvas or directly onto the 8mm film. I caught the intersections of the mark making across the length of the film.
When the film starts to isolate, discrete instances of movement – a staccato suggestion of the extension ; this results in jolts of mark making, not smooth extensions of line. I like how the film starts to fragment gestural movement, this became a choreographic score for movement work. The film inhabits the space of the gallery and becomes embodied through the performance, where sounds are triggered.
I programmed the sound of the cine player into copper strips that could be activated by touch, creating a playful surface for bodily interaction. In learning how we might begin to communicate, through notation, the tacit awareness of the experience of the body in response to site, I am exploring how we can then use and create notation to inform or structure our corporeal experiences of site. I am interested in using notation both as description and instruction. Notation in this project is used as a method of documenting movement and as a way of creating movement.
This work was later developed further for GAL residency at Attenborough Arts Centre, January 2017.