Task 46 – Carnival Geography Relay

Marie writes:

The definition of ‘relay’ in the Cambridge Dictionary refers both to ‘passing something on’ as well as to ‘a team effort to continue an activity’. Based on this I will continue the current activity and pass on the baton based on my Response 46 – Tripped up by documentation. 

Throughout the project we have discussed the possibility of repeating tasks. And although many tasks are based on and inspired by the previous response(s), Task 14 – Car Journey Relay is the only one that deliberately passes on material (prompted by your previous Task 13). 

Because we agreed on a doing a four-week relay and because Task 45 was somewhat opaque to me—or at least a lot to take on—your next task will be a repeat of this task. Despite my temptations to give the task my own stamp I will not make alterations to yours but simply allow you to reread it (and the previous response which informs it) to see what you would do with this task. I encourage you to consider or react to my Response 46 in your reflections. 

So, here is an exact copy of your Task 45 – Carnival Geography:

In Task 44 you asked me to begin a series of ‘relay’ tasks by setting you a ‘score’—a set of instructions that frame a physical exploration—that will allow you to play and improvise around ideas to do with circularity, the carnivalesque, and the breath. You ask me to provide a time limit, some instruction about space, and some generative limits on the exploration.

As set out in Response 44, here is the score:

Erin Pickle’s map-drawing of a walk through Viby

Erin’s drawing is the record of a walk through a particular area, but I want you to use it instead as a set of cryptic instructions (like a treasure map) to move through the ‘territory’ of our house in Charlotteparken. By ‘move’ I mean ‘dance’. By ‘dance’ I mean whatever your body can enjoy of creative movement *.

Parameters and koans

  • Space: what your body recognises as our home
  • Frequency and duration: interpret the score more than once; your physical capacity (the onset of fatigue) determines the length of each dance-exploration
  • Circularity: in your exploration, note and return to (or resist) points of affective intensity (places where feeling is strong)
  • Carnivalesque: have fun
  • Breath: your body is a bellows; your body is a lung

Documentation

Consider the ruminations from Drucker in my Response 44. The experience of home-space generated by your interpretation of the score should be shown in a somatic-affective diagram. Your physical experience and emotions are the metric: use them to graph our home.

*I have deleted ‘given your advanced pregnancy’ here. 

See Alan’s response here.