Envision turning a street corner going to school as a child or tracing the steps from your current home to the nearest shop – a path emerges. A path that with time slowly embeds into your routine, daily and bodily. A multitude of paths emerge, walks traced in memory, perambulations you recall from distant landscapes or from years past.
We reclaimed one such stroll as a score we could displace to distant locations as conceptual walks, meditative landscape crawls, micro-excursions. Poland, Croatia or the United Kingdom. Snow, cobbled streets or lake views; fields of grass or paper. Steps forward or lost amblings. Navigating the immediate while keeping pace with each other displaced in locale and time. A connection.
Following a set score gets one into trouble – a hedge, a wall, a stumble, even a fall – or an unexpected “hello” from a passer-by who finds herself enveloped in an untold story, if only by the gaze of the camera.
Airports, backyards, parks and street corners. Busy or vacant. Every time a probe into the here-and-now. Or maybe a there-and-elsewhere?
Take a walk, count out the steps, recall that path that took you on an everyday journey, go on…
Each coloured spot on the map indicates a place of home for each of the participants of my Intervention ‘Home’ in Bradford on 24/08/12.
Six degrees of separation is the idea that everyone is on average approximately six steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be made, on average, to connect any two people in six steps or fewer. It was originally set out by Frigyes Karinthy and popularized by a play written by John Guare.
We are investigating whether we can connect a friend from Poland…
… and Bradfordians who might have connections to the country.
Do you know anyone living in Poland? More specifically in Warsaw or Gdansk? More specifically in the following streets:
Ul. Długi Targ
Or if not, does she look familiar or remind you of someone you know?
If your answer is yes to any of these questions please do comment on this post with your reply!
As part of the Corners East Xpedition we were set a challenge by the Artistic Director Chris Torch: devise and perform an intervention for a ‘piazza’ session in Kaliningrad, Russia.
Rita and Ivana first set up a methodology for the devising process: a bus correspondence.
This resulted in a performed intervention…
Image: Phil Wood
The performance now has another life as an online work which you can view here.
Playing with an Layar app called Dance.AR!, where the user is instructed to do a dance. The user sees 2 feet and he has to move in those feet’s same direction. There is also a cube that instructs how the user moves the arms.
Categorising our AR experiments.
A 3D graphic geo-located in Ilkley.
A 2D graphic geo-located at Gamanta Hotel, Palanga, Lithuania.
Information on Klaipeda Theatre geo-located in Klaipeda, Lithuania.
On printed material
A link to a Youtube film on the Corners East Xpedition map.
Still in Lviv. Still on our small group tour. It’s very hot. We climb to the roof terrace of a cafe for a rest and a drink and… There is a car on the roof terrace!!!
Lviv, the first day of our journey. We split into smaller 4 different groups and explore the city with a guide. My group encounters a sculpture/playground. Aleksandra (our guide) explains it is a playground devised for adults, and that they keep moving it around the city to different locations.