(con tener) cuerpo, ongoing
Through this project I create conversations between body-object, mind and space. To become aware, by practice and observation, how the body is many things. It is as much a safe space as it is an accumulation of shame and past. The body as a surface is like a rock on which time settles.
For this project I focus on single-use objects that have been created to wrap and protect a product that is sold or for sale. These objects are often made of plastic, paper or cardboard; and are referred to as wrapper and/or packing material. Once the product the wrapper and packing material contains has been taken out, what is left for them to do? While examining my relation with these objects, I saw a connection between them and the human body. To give an example, a fruit net serves as a 'house’ for the fruit as does the body become a house for the human, in both cases keeping what is inside safe. The objects function as active partners in the performances helping me battle my fear of the body as a standalone tool. Their presence generates feeling of comfort and guidance for body improvisations. My body massa takes in the place that the initial product that was contained had. I treat them as a 'second skin which invite and lead my body to move beyond established rational patterns.
The first phase of this research project has taken place in the Project Space at Het Wilde Weten.
This project was financially supported by Stichting Stokroos and Het Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, in collaboration with Het Wilde Weten.