Using my body as receiver of spatial information, this piece investigates mutual interaction between myself and people in common open space. Aspiring to the reformation of spatial qualities, I translate the immersive city soundscape that captures the essence of urban life. Developing on the relationship between physical and mechanical process of data, I examine how the skin receives contact from the material world and sends the report of them inwards.
Recognising the city as a place of intersection, I stopped in the station where I change trains during my quotidian commute. I have constructed a clay disk by diluting the soil and dirt collected throughout my travel. A condensed version of the physical landscape commenting on the relationship between body and its settings, the disk is embossed with a continuous path as my fingernail changes pressure according to flow of air currents surrounding me. These currents are created by trains crossing and circulation of public around me. Taking advantage of my body and its sensory apparatus, the breeze is felt by my skin as temperature fluctuations. I sense these variations through the wind friction that triggers my skin and muscles. Following the engraving process, I have cut my nail and put it in place of the stylus, so that it can follow the grooves and the resulting vibration of the disk. Turntable functions as a pottery wheel that ‘reads’ the sculptural clay surface through my fingernail, enabling collaboration between organic and mechanical elements in the conversion of data. An equation where body is the constant and city is the variable, as I am trying to capture memories of people’s flow in the environment, complexities and overlapping actions.
The train’s movement next to the crowd’s motion in the city. Signs of people and activity in space are conveying their energy through wind vibrations. My intention is to investigate qualities that usually constitute the background of our acts in environment, using my receptors in order to reveal and reform them. Transitioning from the visible to the hidden, I focus on uncovering the unseen forces surrounding us that form a meshwork of interconnection, trying to see my surroundings from different perspective.
This is an effort to analyse with measuring mechanisms that depend on human element, as senses provide the biological basis for behaviour and communication in city space. Studying the levels and depths of space enables me to further understanding of public domain, manifesting that the stimuli are not the causes of the perceived world, but rather its developers. By creating records and evaluations of place, I aspire to bridge human factor with space, time and movement, translating environment’s dynamic energy to a medium that we can understand.