Tuesday, May 16, 2017

practice | dual body patterns in the 'ico-fit'

On March 15 the 'ico-fit', formerly known as 'movement infrastructure' has been used as framework for a practice performed by two movers. Two movement sequences were performed. One practice was based on 'Finding the Axis Mundi', a flow of movement based on a vocabulary of yoga asanas.

The other movement practice was inspired by the geometry of the structure, in the sequence Octahedron in the Icosahedron. Each mover performed movement in rotational symmetry connecting arms and legs to the midpoints of the edges.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Memories of My Mother: Grace and Kindness

My mother and I in Piazzale degli Eroi, Rome

Today is mother's day, another celebration so exploited by this consumerist culture. Yet for me, transplanted from the other side of the Atlantic, this day brings so many sour-sweet memories.

I remember my mother for her great teachings of grace, kindness and compassion. In this day I have memories of my childhood in a place in times long gone: Roma of the 1960s. The world, so different now, is often associated it with the narratives of Italian movies from that time, in the city which was beautifully portrayed by Fellini and Antonioni. Going through photos of my mother, makes me so nostalgic, sad but peaceful.

Au revoir, mamma.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

camminando | Walking Through Geometry, Stars and Moon

I walk to Chelsea. My main destination is Frank Stella's exhibition at Marianne Boesky Gallery. His sculptural work explores star polyhedra. Uncannily the word "Stella" in Italian means star.

Polyhedra and other geometry inspired sculptural forms at "Frank Stella"
 Another geometric encounter is the exhibition "Modulated Space" at Luhring Augustine of the Brazilian artist Lygia Clark (1920-1988). Lygia Clark was a founding member of the Neo-Concrete movement, whose work revolved about geometric abstraction, non-representational and mathematical art. Uncannily Lygia Clark's ouvre shares commonality with another Brazilian artist with the same first name, Lygia Pape, whose work is currently shown at a remarkable retrospective at the Met Breuer.

Two-dimensional and three-dimensional geometries at Lygia Clark "Modulated Space"

My visual memories of the day end with the full moon framed by buildings of 14th Street
Total walk length: 4 miles

Monday, May 8, 2017

workshop, performance, exhibition | Eiko "A Body in Places: Queens Edition "at Topaz Arts

Eiko's perfomance at Topaz Arts
On Saturday, May 6, Eiko performed at (and outside) the multidisciplinary arts organization Topaz Arts. The performance was accompanied the exhibition A Body in Places: Queens Edition displaying work by Eiko Otake and photographer William Johnston – on view May 6 to 28, 2017. The images were from the 2016 collaborative work (performance + photography) at Indian Point Energy Center, in  Buchanan, New York. The photographs from Indian Point were displayed with selected images from A Body in Fukushima (2014-16) the collaborative work in irradiated areas in Fukushima, after the 2011 nuclear meltdowns, following the earthquake and tsunami. The live performance by Eiko was "a poetic response to disaster and proximity".

Eiko's performance in front of  video and photo recording of her performance in Fukushima
The performance is taken to the streets, which uncannily border a power plant:
the signage recalls the potential of a disaster

The performance and exhibition opening from preceded by the workshop Delicious Movement also taught by Eiko. I was familiar with Eiko's work as a spectator but being immersed to become a participant provided a very different level of perception and interpretation. My work also revolves about making of movement from a different yet complementary perspective: I use geometry as internal proprioceptive as well as external physical framework as a means of awareness. Eiko's workshop inspired me to explore movement in a more fluid, personal and emotional expression.