Exploring surfaces of the space with our eyes closed, creating mental images and questions through touch. What did I discover?
Heat, Mobility, Draft, Dust, Trails, Danger
Large cables running under a smooth door with a cold draft and a metal shield with small circular holes radiating heat. The longer I questioned what was in front of me, the more it did not matter. I stopped wondering what these shapes or objects could be or lead to and started to enjoy the variety.
Sitting again eyes closed, in a location of my choice. Listening.
Contact, Direction, Location
I sat catching sound from nearby then slowly sinking into a deeper focus. Could I hear people upstairs? Muffled noises to my left made me cautious of where I had chosen to stay. How close could they be? Can I make out what they’re saying? There was a constant play between listening closely and listening to nearby surroundings. I forgot I was sitting in a room (possibly alone) facing a wall with my eyes closed and suddenly felt blended with the sounds I was focusing so hard on. When Charlotte eventually tapped me on the shoulder to say I could go back upstairs I suddenly felt more sensitive to where I was. It made me feel extremely relaxed and I am surprised how satisfying it is to just stop and listen.
Walking backwards. Eyes closed.
Firstly we walked with partners leading the direction, light pressure with their hands on our shoulders guided us through the space that slowly evaporated into nothing. To me. I eventually stopped wondering where I was, how many times I had gone in circles or how close I was to the walls. Walking backwards seemed easy, natural and grounding. After what felt like 5 minutes we were instructed to think of our favourite place. Now it was not so easy to walk backwards and react to my partners touch. Then I found my favourite place. We described them out loud to our partners and this made me completely remove myself from what my body was doing. After being so used to shifting backwards it almost felt ‘backwards’ to walk forwards.
Backwards walking with the group.
Weight, hands, adjust, step, who is behind, look, eyes, hair, why, where
We created a line with our hands on the shoulders or waist of those in front of us. To be told you will walk around a building backwards in a line is daunting at first. You almost can not believe it will be possible. Then we moved through the space and slowly stepped out the door and towards the stairs. We had 30 minutes to explore. Weaving through desks, into small corners, up and down stairs I realised I’d set myself little techniques for approaching certain challenges. I was very aware of the weight distribution in my body as well as Kirstin who was in front of me. Every now and then I would accidentally step on a foot or be stepped on but we kept going. We really committed to experimenting with help from our leader. Eventually it was nice to be back in the studio knowing there was no more ‘blind walking’. I had to fight my urge to look where I was going. Playing between walking or running forwards and backwards made me realise that if you try something for long enough your body gets used to the sensations.
We combined chosen words from what we had built up after each exercise.
CONTACT, LOCATION, FLOATING IN THE AIR, GENTLE, WHO IS BEHIND?
LOCATION, CONTACT, WHO IS BEHIND? GENTLE, FLOATING IN THE AIR
TRAILS, IN THE AIR, GENTLE, CONTACT, WHO IS BEHIND ME
We finally organised our words and read them out with options of pause, repetition or emphasis. Anything we felt appropriate to our experience.
TRAILS…. IN THE AIR…. GENTLE… CONTACT, WHO IS BEHIND ME?…. TRAILS