what is movement?
if i believe what i once did – that we are time carved by movement into being – then all of existence (including ground, light and brainwave) is manifested by and manifests as: movement. What interests me here is how movement can be used to locate different beliefs. Throughout human existence we have controlled things through the sustainment and disruption of movement. Movement is experienced by each being from a place of perception. Each place of perception is co-constructed by individual and collective practice. In this place we are moving, the place is also moving. Movement allows for recognition of form, perception and experience. Repetition + Adaptation = True. The same form has many instances of what is true, manifest differently from places of perception.
in my self-prescribed search for structure : for recognition of form – I can see it, in the vague and definite ‘system’. A system that I am unavoidably a part yet mostly unaware of how I move it – it which both abhors and sustains me. the system is not the people. not any Body. though it only exists in bodies of people, moving or motionless. so now what? after the self-loathing and hopelessness rise to meet my breath and i begin to swallow fear, then i remember i trust. not religion. not hope. not god. not you. i trust faith. i’m not sure i can name what it is i have faith in. i have asked you several times to put it into words, but i don’t know if i can. i know that something makes me thankful for existence. something sustains my wonder and joy. something makes me love. something good pulls me toward it and holds me, even when i let go.
we are formed into being by movement.
we move from/in/of/with/through/around/to our place.
our place of perception.
in this place we are moving.
the place is also moving.
this allows for recognition of form.
countless life(time)s have contributed to a society played out across time and location – an always already yet wildly unknown strata of death, negation, and constraint by humans on humans and life itself. this way is had because it seems like power: when you take from another it can feel like power. actually it is a weakening of the species, a literal lowering of human value. we will destroy ourselves or be ended in time as the universe exists without us. movement forms time and we move from our seat of perception.
how to do this?
prompted by time, excerpted from a paper I submitted 2Dec2016 for coursework under Dr. Harmony Bench, read texts include:
Cervenak, Sarah Jane. Wandering: Philosophical Performances of Racial and Sexual Freedom. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014.
De Certeau, Michel. “Walking in the City.” The Practice of Everyday Life. Trans. Steven Rendall. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984. 91-110.
DeFrantz, Thomas and Philipa Rothfield, ed. Choreography and Corporeality: Relay in Motion. London: Palgrave, 2016.
Dillon, Elizabeth Maddock. New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic World, 1649-1849. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014.
Goldman, Danielle. I Want to Be Ready: Improvised Dance as a Practice of Freedom. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2010.
Kotef, Hagar. Movement and the Ordering of Freedom: On Liberal Governances of Mobility. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015.
Lepecki, André. Singularities: Dance in the Age of Performance. New York: Routledge, 2016.
Lowe, Lisa. The Intimacies of Four Continents. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015.
Wilkie, Fiona. Performance, Transport and Mobility: Making Passage. Houndmills: Palgrave, 2014.
painting: ‘ariel’ by lydia, 2011 (age 8)