As our lives are increasingly lived through disembodied online interactions, the work explores alternative digital representations of an individual. The portraits of Movement Alphabet are sketches of the physical personality of a person: how they move in their everyday life, the lifetime of experiences, choices and habits entwined into every physical gesture. They are intended as writing from the body, carrying the same individuality as handwriting.
Meaning coming from feeling, feeling coming from within, you absorb a massive amount of information, it goes through your whole body, a little bit of it floats up to your head where there is deliberation. You are conditioned by the way your whole body is responding to what is going on …. Everything you know about the world comes to you through your body.
I realised that I would never have such perfect communication with any creature again, that this, you know, this being two and being one at the same time was so magical, that he was in there, in there… He knew everything that I was thinking and feeling. He just knew. And, that would be lost. And that seemed really sad and I’m tearing up. So all the time you’re in there you know exactly what’s going on, and then… then you’re this totally bewildered starfish thing, like “I have no fucking idea what is going on.” And before I knew exactly what was going on but now I’m… yeah. Knowing everything to knowing nothing, it must be tough.
“Much like how we write, the habitual patterns of movement from our body are ingrained from a mesh of influences. The natural mechanics of our physical selves mix with influence from others – parental instructions to sit up straight, teenage attempts to walk in a sexy way, unconscious mirroring of those around us and the assimilation of gestures much like we learn language.”