I always thought that architects and urbanists should have part of education dedicated to contemporary dance and movement for better understanding of body economy in space and time. I’m truly lobbying for education curriculum which includes department of movement and basic human sensors. So its a long term work and to begin with and reach wider audience with that idea I choose the most common object of showing cityscapes – the postcard.
The set of postcards consist of one map of the city, introduction text about the solar plexus which is important for the movement and guidelines for potential audience giving them instruction with photographs of particular locations and text explanation of particular movement tissue on that location.
This work is about human bodies and their urban vocabularies. Research started by mapping our sensory experience of urban surroundings and decoding particular movements, investigating the architectural punctuation modalities and their influence on our movement, on our everyday choreography.
The first element is our sense of touch. We perceive our surrounding through five sensory channels: sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch. All of these modalities are fused together into our brains perception. While we typically place the most importance on our visual sense, it is our sense of touch that provides us with much of the information necessary to modify and manipulate the world around us. This sense can be divided into two categories: the kinesthetic sense, through which we sense movement or force in our muscles and joints; and the tactile sense, through which we sense shapes and textures.
Another element is punctuation, and in the same logic like in syntax of our language, the city architecture give us punctuation of our everyday movements/choreographies so based on that through I’m decoding different movements influenced by urban punctuations and POSTCARD is a little push up in that direction.
>>>postcards introduction on solar plexus and guidelines
The solar plexus is a crucial point of body balance from that point every movement is starting as a neutral and correctly connected flow. Use a map as guidelines for observing urban movement patterns. Start re:search with simple tasks of finding location and positioning your body in a ‘place of security’, then tune in with the environment, relax and focus on some particular interactions. Step into the movement. To be part of the re:search there is no need to have any previous knowledge about kinesthetics, performing arts or urbanism. Use your natural capacity, curiosity, excitement to interact and explore with your city.