Sensing into the virtual

I will translate these exercises in a while.

Kuulemisen kehät
1. Kuuntele itseäsi lähinnä olevia ääniä, myös kehon sisäisiä ääniä.
2. Laajenna kuuntelemisen kehää sisällyttäen siihen kauempana ja kauempana olevia ääniä. Mikä on kauimmainen ääni, jonka pystyt kuulemaan? Jos kuuntelet sen toiselle puolen, mitä kuulet?
3. Pyri kuulemaan kaikki äänet samaan aikaan. Pyri olemaan erottamatta ääniä toisistaan ja nimeämättä niitä.

Zooming / Telescoping Awareness
1. Liikuta havaintoasi kaiken samanaikaisesta kuulemisesta pienimpien yksityiskohtien kuulemiseen.
2. Zoomaa johonkin äänelliseen/materiaaliseen yksityiskohtaan ja kuuntele sitä. Pyri eristämään ääni ympäristöstä.
3. Voit liikkua näiden eri mittakaavojen välillä: pyrkiä kuulemaan kaiken kerralla ja syventyä välillä äärimmäisen pieneen yksityiskohtaan tai yksittäiseen asiaan.

Virtuaaliset äänet
1. Laajenna kuulemistasi kuultavien/konkreettisten äänien ulkopuolelle. Miten voit kuunnella ääniä, joihin kuuloaistisi ei yllä? Ne voivat olla esim. liian hiljaisia, liian kaukaisia tai muutoin kuulemattomissa.
2. Laajenna kuuloa tilassa ja ajassa. Miten voit kuunnella tilallisesti äärimmäisen kaukaisia tai laajoja ääniä, esim. ilmastonmuutoksen tai sään ääntä? Miten voit kuunnella maan geologisten kerrosten ääniä? Entä avaruuden ääniä? Kuinka kauas galaksiin voit kuulla?
3. Ajallinen laajentaminen historiaan ja tulevaisuuteen. 10000 vuotta taaksepäin ja eteenpäin. Pyri kuulemaan kaikki nämä ajat samanaikaisesti.

Kuuntelevan subjektin poistaminen kuvasta. Mitä äänille tapahtuu, jos sinä et ole kuulemassa niitä?

Sensing into the virtual

Sharing practices

BEING-WITH THROUGH MATERIALITY

1. Stand still or lay on the ground, focusing on your breathing. You may keep your eyes closed. Sense your body as material. Sense it’s materiality through movement, touching, breating and stillness. Sense the body material as deep as you can. What materials can you be aware of: fluids, muscles, bones, skin, cells etc. You may focus on individual materials in you body at first and then on your body as being a composition of these.
2. Extend your awareness to the materials that are physically connected to you body’s material: clothes, air, the ground. Sensing their quality and their affects on your body’s materiality and being. Being-with them.
3. Extending your awareness to all the material that is surrounding you. Sense their qualities and the affects they arouse in your body’s materiality and being. Sensing everything in connection to each other, as one whole, as one material that is formed by many materialities, which you may explore closer if you wish. See how this forms/transforms you body. Being-with all the materials.

 

And here is another exercise that I did in Öland with the sea. Just  wanted to share it.

BEING-WITH A SEA

1. Go to the seaside. Encounter the sea. Set yourself beside it, before and behind it. Locate yourself and your body.
2. Let the sea attract you and affect your body and your movement.
3. Let the sea and it’s affects entry your body.
4. Now you may travel with the sea as far as it reaches. Extending your sensing. What knowledge can the sea give to you?
5. When you want you may start to locate yourself and your senses again there where you are physically. Slowly move away from the seaside keeping your awareness, body and senses still connected to it.

Sharing practices

Sharing Practices

Some notes from our practice session at the Theatre Academy

Gravity + Anti-gravity
Gravity + tonic labyrinthine reflex
Bonding with the space
Allowing the underside of the body to feel its undersidedness
Yielding to gravity without collapsing
Anti-gravity + positive support (reflex)
Sensing the rising force in the body

Cosmogonia
Stand in the space. Later, you can see if there’s another position that feels helpful to you in relation to the practice.
Breath in through the left nostril and out through the right. Allow your breath to arise from the Earth, to touch the cosmos and to fall back into the Earth. Change direction.
Move your awareness to your perineum (the spot between the anus and the genitals). Visualize a red fire ball (?) in that spot. Feel the connection between the ball and the Earth. The Earth is infinitely abundant and gives you everything you need. It also receives everything you don’t need.
Around you, there is a 360° circle. On your left, you have all the people and beings that were before you – your ancestors, your family, and everyone else. In front of you, you have the people who are present at the moment. On your right, all your descendants and everyone that will come after you. Behind you, your teachers, and the teachers that awakened the planet.
Begin sinking or falling into the Earth. You fall through all the layers, including the top soil, the crust, the mantle, the outer core and the inner core. Finally, you arrive in the center of the Earth. In the center, you can hear the background radiation that was there before all matter, and which patterned the first matter.
Repeat the breathing practice you did in the beginning.

Sensing the weather
Sense the space as weather.
Ask yourself whether there’s a way of becoming more susceptible/available/receptive to the weather instead of protecting yourself from it, whatever it may be.
Extend the sensing into the weather that lies beyond the space and the building we’re in.
Ask yourself whether there’s a way of becoming more susceptible or receptive to the weather “out there”.
Look for a way of bringing some of the weather you’ve encountered inside the space into the lobby, and outside of the building – and some of the outside weather back into the space. You can think of this as a way of circulating the air, mixing the weather, or as form of breathing.

Being with cameras
Pick up a camera. See how it invites you to move in the space, and to perceive the space.
Does the camera have access to things that are invisible to you?
Move together with the camera and the whole space.

Sharing Practices

Thursday will never be the same – Some rough ‘podcast’ tests from last Thursday

Last time in Suomenlinna, after an exhausting (but productive!) day we tried out a couple of possible ways to do podcasts for our exhibition at Gallery Augusta. So here’s three short drafts to start with. Sounds super tired, as we were, but should give at least some sort of impression.

 

 

Some possible questions:

1) Are ‘podcasts’ interesting form of documentation in this context? What do they offer?

2) What kind of information do they give on our process? Can we communicate our subjective experiences like this?

3) When we hear also the place/space these are recorded, how does it affect?

4) Is this kind of subjectivity something you could relate to even if you listened to it from your mobile phone, for example?

5) Does this reveal something from our process, something we haven’t heard in the actual recording situations? Does this extend our hearing?

6) Does hearing the handling sounds take in the recorder as a more like a contributor rather than just a documenting device?

7) Does recording ourselves talking and doing exercises give us a different kind of ‘mirror’ than what videocamera would do?

Etc…

Thursday will never be the same – Some rough ‘podcast’ tests from last Thursday