Saturday, 23 July 2011

Transformations 3: skin and image

Developing the 'becoming insect' improvisation (below) to focus in upon the sensations on/of the skin.

Imagine ants crawl across your hand, arm, shoulder..
                                       they move across your check, back...
Imagine a swarm covers your body...

Let the sensations evoked give rise to movement...
note the changing texture of the skin, pay attention to the detail to the smallest (re)action.
(This task is inspired by butoh practices)

Video: Becoming Insect 2 - Ant
(two versions of this improvisation are overlayed - one filmed in close up, the other mid shot. A 'strobe' effect is added to echo the internal sensations not otherwise evident in the image)

Transformations 3: skin and image from Vida Midgelow on Vimeo.


Franc said...

I watched, then I read and I watched again. I noticed that as I watched I felt distanced, that I was receiving only through my eyes. The layering of the images may have contributed to that. I wanted to feel it on my skin. I watched again, this time allowing my body to respond simultaneously to movement and text, feeling sensations on my skin.

Next I turned on the camera, stood up and moved whilst playing the video. After a few moments I left your video and focused on my own movement in response to the text.

Afterwards, without explanation (and without any request for feedback), I played both videos for Julian -- he saw spiders and butterflies in both pieces and also caterpillars in mine.

I'm uploading the video but it's in a vimeo queue -- will send on link later

Vida Midgelow said...

Becoming Insect: a response to Vida Midgelow

Hiya Vida, here's the link to my improvised response, love Franc

About this video:
"This an improvisatory response to Vida Midgelow's Transformations 3: Skin and Image.

It was filmed in my study using PhotoBooth and the iMac's built-in videocam. The restrictions of both physical and virtual space created a performance box which I was aware of as I moved and added a level of intensity -- a trapped ant-with-wings, or moth, beating against the edges of the frame.

These two images emerged on watching afterwards rather than in the doing. I took Midgelow's instructions to imagine ants crawling across my skin and to allow the sensations to give birth to movement."