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A chapter from MAKING: ANTHROPOLOGY, ARCHAEOLOGY, ART AND ARCHITECTURE is one of the readings selected by Sarover Zaidy for the participants for the module Working from Memory

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Reflections On Movement

As part of the Movement and Pause module, the participants were given a short writing exercise by Lokesh where in which they brought in their own personal experiences and relations with the idea of movement. Participants were encouraged to write in English as well as in their own languages.

  1. Ajit Kumar

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2. Ritika Mittal

My previous engagement with the domestic space and its everyday activities leads me to relate the idea of ‘movement’ with the intricate tasks women performs on the everyday basis. Specifically from the memory of my mother whose interest lies in the activities like knitting, stitching, cooking etc. triggered me to think about the movement of hands and its constant motion which is being repeated again and again. My documentation of these activities helps me to closely observe their intricate engagement in the repetition which looks more like a pattern of the simple movements. It is interesting to notice that the every object and its performance require specific bodily engagement, from making dough out of Maida, cutting wood by using saw, or the use of crosia with threads etc.

Everything has its own way of moving hands, which helps in achieving different results. At one point it actually transforms into an automatic body performance which looses the control of the mind, similar to the example of Pina Bausch, where the body does not need any guidance at certain point, which is interesting to observe how our body starts performing psychologically.

The way of repeating our bodily movements again and again also reveals one’s state of mind, like in the movie “I you she he” the act of eating food fast express the anxiety and restlessness that is happening inside her. So largely I am looking at movement as the act of repetition in relation to different parameters.

 

3. Debasis Beura

I have tried to catch my shadow on many occasions but i ended up catching mud or floors of marble and sometime water or fire, In this way a lot of things has come into my hand. I have hurt /injured my hands many times but I have failed to catch her till now. No, I don’t know If she sleep with me or pretend to a sleep. But I do believe that one day I will catch . And we shall hug each other like soulmates do.

 

4. Akup Buchem

“5:30 light, sound and action”

Woke up by the creak of the door opening

Then I open my eyes, I can see images changing as the light fall on the window..

I can hear a humming sound

Then I Lent my ear’s on the humm…

I could hear the pigeon enchanting before the start of day…

Suddenly I realise I was not at east

I was at the center

The center of life…

 

5. Vinati Sehgal

Lost in thought, like i usually am, a slight sway of curtains brings me to reality. A change in breeze can change the course of my brain. Initially thinking about life, I’m observing the swaying curtains. They touch the wind chimes hanging in the corner and the whole room is filled with its echo, my attention gets drawn towards the sound, my eyes start rolling around the room. A shadow moves, someone opened the door, suddenly there’s a burst of light on the wall in front of me. The air changes its pace I look outside the window; the trees are rushing into one another, birds are flying away, black clouds move in. Wind gets stronger and colder, flashes of thunder fill the sky, it’s starting to pour. The heavy raindrops are falling on my window sill, and I’m lost again.
That’s movement. It keeps changing, it disrupts my thoughts and asks for attention. It turns everything around sometimes slightly and the other times completely. With its every move it takes me forward.

Little moments of silence, hands clinking on the keyboard, a child running into you, the fans rotating, glass falling on the ground, the water spreading, wet feet. And then having to get up, to clean the wet feet, wipe the floor, pick up the glass shards, increase the fan’s speed, take the child away, hands are not clinking anymore. My silence has been taken over.Maybe movement takes us backwards as well. If I think of its meaning, the first thing that hits my head are these little incidents from everyday. And they remind me to keep up. Keep up with its ever increasing or decreasing speed, to accept change. With its ever changing forms, it inspires.

We move, then stop. Fast Forward, too fast? So we rewind. Right there, pause. Now move.

 

6. Utsuk Shrama

Blink

Here lies berated

‘neath solemn disguise.

Breath –

he breathes.

Soil –

moves.

Stand still, lest grass disappoint.

Skin is moist.

Dry wind to come.

Smile

it is dark.

 

7. Ritika Sharma

Movement in Diurnal

My observations and ideas in day to day life revolve around the immediate reality of the urban living. It marks a contrast between the actions and the ideologies by tracing the changing activities of different people according to their needs and environment which creates a contradictory situation.  These implied actions altogether creates a movement in resistance and disagreement which creates a continuous a continuous shift. I draw a similitude of this movement of different people belonging to different class and culture with the irresistible behavior of different particles in a solution, forming a “scum” like situation; where some of them try to amalgamate and other creates a ruckus like situation.

8. Sagar Gupta

I relate to idea of movement with music, earlier i was listening to electronic music and it was in 2015 when i first started listening to instrumental music (mainly rock bands) and on that very moment i completely abandoned the electronic music and started exploring every genre of instrumental music, i felt that the music has a soul and i instantly connected to the artist playing the instrument because it provoked my emotions and compelled me to move as he moves himself to play the instrument.

 

9. Ponraj Kumar

I grew up in Chennai. We all know how cities glow during the nights and evenings under the street lamps. I grew up in those lights, traveled in those lights since I was a kid. And I am always aware of the lights and sounds that exist around me and it registers in my mind consciously, sub-consciously. We all know how the world changes fast through technological growth and how things are being changed and modernized  and replaced. And this movement replaced the sodium vapor lamps into LED lights which is bright but I personally feel those sodium vapor lamps had lot of memories of moments. And my own physical and psychological movements that happened in the existence of those lights makes me realize how the world is moving and not moving and also sometimes it makes me feel sad about it.

 

10. Pallavi Arora

Movement for me allows one with the possibility to be free. It lets one not to be static, frozen or constrained in a given structure. It enables to push or shift boundaries, be it in our physical surroundings or our own psychological restrictions, which distances us from our Being.

Movement in its subtle ways can make us conscious of our Being. It can make invisible visible for us just like air which is there but it makes itself felt when it moves/ blows. Just when it sways the curtain taking form in the loosely held fabric, making its existence felt.

 

11. Samriddhi Kukreja

I started this week with a technical drawing of Multiple Bar Paddling mechanism. Its the 612th mechanism out of 4700 of them. This specific one was made by Chebysev, a mathematician.

Multiple Bar paddling mechanism, is about trying to achieve a near perfect straight line. This mechanism consists of many parts, and many parts consist of difference mechanisms. But most of the mechanisms have complex elements that try to form something as simple as a near perfect straight line. The complex amalgamation of different sizes,speed,function & materials tries to achieve the simplest of things: A straight line.

Why do i find “a straight line” being parallel to”perfect” ? Why do i see the need to add an adjective like “perfect” next to a straight line ? Why do i sense a verb like association to the terms “perfect” when its associated with a straight line ?

I began to associate the straight line as an ideal life path we try to follow, and perfect or near perfect being our attempt to reach the straight line. Which lead me to think about the need of the multiple bar paddling mechanism. The need for a near perfect straight line. I began to look at this mechanism, as an association with my life.How multiple,complex elements are used voluntarily or involuntarily to achieve near perfect life. “Perfect” : Is not an absolute term here. Perfect can be described with so many interpretations of the word. Perfect can be described as convenience, beauty, acceptance and many more different meanings of the same. But what makes this interesting is the imitation of our thoughts of what we perceive perfect which is then implemented,designed and executed through mechanisms and technology.

If I don’t associate the perfect straight line with life, I do begin to look at mechanism in a different perspective. The idea of man and his obsessive nature of producing, some times voluntarily & involuntarily: has this caused the need of mechanisms all together. Where something as simple as a mechanism of a straight line can be associated with the identity of a human and its contribution. Did we begin to feel less about ourselves in front of mother nature ? Is our lifestyle and the world created an attempt to compete with mother nature ? To feel that we are as strong as her with our man made creations ? When we accomplished a straight line to through a mechanism, Was that the beginning of destruction as we know of today ? Did this mechanism cause a movement that we can never undo ?

 

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