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... An exploration of participation, art and architecture in the city to inform a concept for engagement with the local community via artistic intervention... offering to our client a point of departure for the continuation of these ideas in their future work.

Monday, October 13, 2008

'Plan' of dancing



Tried to do some research on funding but end up daydreaming about dancing in the public.

I think it could be challenging to invite strangers to dance with us in the street as it is not ‘normal’ behavior in the public. So I try to find some interesting ways to break the ice.

Going back to my initial thinking of this project, I began in the search of the common ground between architecture and dance. I started looking in different ways of recording both art forms. Then I found the similarity of the plans of buildings and the steps of Waltz: both are 2-dimensional, yet by looking at them one can hardly picture what the building or dance could be like. And from the steps of Waltz, I start thinking other 2D images that restrict a person movement. Then I found Hopscotch.

Anyway, below is some suggestions of how to start a dance with stranger in public using the steps of Waltz and Hopscotch:

1. Teaching people how to dance.
Print the steps of Waltz on cardboards, and then invite people to dance by following the steps.
Or, just simply compose a set of movement and invite people to follow.

2. Learning how to dance.
Ask people to show what sort of dancing they like, and then we follow.

3. Playing games.
Print Hopscotch on cardboards, and then invite people to play with us.

Hmmm… these ideas are not yet good enough, but hopefully it helps!

Good luck!

2 comments:

trish said...

Hi Sunyung,
I like these ideas for engagemnt very much - it's made me think more about the presence of 'dance' in our everyday lives - the movemnt of play, of travel, the movemnt and rhythmn of life - and the patterns of movement we create and repeat in order to live - the habits of movement. And how structures influence, inhibit or enhance movement. I like the plan/diagram of movement/dance- hope some of the group try some of these ideas out with you in order to see how people do or don't repsond.

trish said...

Hi Sunyung,
I like these ideas for engagement very much - it's made me think more about the presence of 'dance' in our everyday lives - the movement of play, of travel, the movement and rhythmn of life - and the patterns of movement we create and repeat in order to live - the habits of movement. And how structures influence, inhibit or enhance movement. I like the plan/diagram of movement/dance- hope some of the group try some of these ideas out with you in order to see how people do or don't respond.

To all the group - just wondering if you are in the process of thinking up questions ? Here's a few that you can ignore if you wish!
Think up questions to ask people ... about dance, about bus shelters
What would you like to hear in a bus shelter?
What would you like to smell in a bus shelter?
What music would you like to hear in your local bus shelter?
If you could dance in a bus shelter what song/music would you like to dance to?
What's the most memorable thing that has happened to you in a bus stop?
What's the most memorable thing you have seen at a bus stop - from a bus - on a bus?

Bus stop jokes, recipes, food, dreams, ideas, dances, music, colours, names,
Bus memorabiia, shelter memories and stories, shelter encounters/meetings,
Shelter feelings - fear, joy, apprehension, excitement, friendship, loss,
reasons for catching the bus - to go to work, to meet a friend, to leave home, to go shopping, to go to hospital, to dream, to find true love, to get drunk, to find sex, to buy something beautiful, to sing with friends, to colect a pension ....