The following text is an excerpt from the performance score for my Aug, 23 2014 work, Five Silent Structures. Adapt, embody, and re-envision these words as suited for you:
The body is: building. structure. flesh. waiting. being. past. future
The building is: body. structure. canopy. awaiting. being. history. tomorrow
The body is a building. A building is a body.
We are extensions of the buildings we inhabit, the places we know through repetition and time. Through our daily lives we enact the process of being with these spaces. Through this performance we will enact the process of being with these spaces attentively. The Fort Lawton structures are restricted, vacant, and empty. They contain histories of use but are now silently observing the world, patient and overlooked by most. Create silent spaces in yourself that mirror the spaces within these buildings. Stand with them as you might stand with a dear friend experiencing deep struggle, a family member undergoing incarceration, or a loved one constrained by limitations that prevent them from enacting their basic humanity. Become observant, patient, perceptive, generous, and open.
"to make meaning from the fragments we get, which are also all we get" -Anne Carson.
1. How do our daily rituals activate a building?
2. What is lost when a space is constrained?
3. How does a structure (a home, a shelter, a refuge) transform our bodies.
4. How do our bodies and the spaces we inhabit break silence?