A slow turn. Contained. In a corner. She’s completely in, turning and turning on the spot. An opulent background. Painterly. How many different moves in one twirl! Hair, head, hands, arms, torso twisting. Face calm, body caught, somehow, in this repetition. Face is patient, body wants more. Alone. Focussed. Private. A secret dance. Is she searching, enjoying the movement, enjoying being alone in a space, finding something within her by turning? I can hear the inside of her on the outside.
Projected through a curved glass sculpture, this feeling of place-time is extended into this surface. The scratches in the sculpture, the colours in it. Ghostly. Is she an ornament, an artefact, perpetually performing in this beautiful house, in this beautiful shape? The film is visible from 360 degrees and spills out onto the surfaces of the room. Audience, or really participants, are mobile – moving themselves in response, twirling around the sculpture.
Lizzie Sykes (screen based artist, Bournemouth Uni) and Cathy Seago (dance artist, University of Winchester) have been working collaboratively in a range of sites over a period of eight years. As an extension of this ongoing creative partnership we have focused recently on critically reflecting on our somatic-digital process and works. An overarching finding discovered through our reflections and evidenced across our practice is that of a feeling of ‘place-time’. A central question emerging is how a temporal quality of place – ‘place time’ – can be negotiated and disseminated through somatic-digital processes and their outcomes.
Reflective writing about the project can be found here: Re-discovering Time (Ploeger, D., Seago, C. and Sykes, L., 2019. Perspectives 2019. Body, Space & Technology, 18(1), pp.297–320.)
Video edit of Buoy (2011), phase one https://vimeo.com/60663272
Video of The Mottisfont project’s Are you there? (2016), phase two. Projected onto Rebecca Newnham’s glass screens https://vimeo.com/180308074
Video of Note (2010), phase one – screendance triptych. https://vimeo.com/lizziesykes/note.