Monday, 28 January 2008

Mapping and Movement

Maps are abstractions of space and thought, mapping a way of organizing in spatial order what is in and around us. Mapping produces relational movements of thought and body. If we call these movements cartography they will be perceived in the invisible frame of a prototype of map that may be linked to the childhood memory of travelling through the carpet’s cluster or imagining your own place on the panoramic map of the alps….
Ground becomes metaphorical when being mapped – the journey in Chinese opera takes seven days in seven steps – children invent same symbolic ways of travelling through the world when crossing the living room. Another layer of meaning is added to the stage as common ground of performers and audience. To movement in space: a journey. To words: coordinates. Cartography can widen a creative process into two directions: stretching and interweaving the organisation of thoughts in research and “metaphorising” space and ground via movement.

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