Layer by Layer, A Study of Scale

In a single split-moment, we experience the world in multiple layers, in different scales – not as an instant snapshot with a foreground and a background, but more as a long exposure photograph with ambiguous artefacts.

As I step out of my apartment, I experience my thoughts, one stride forward, my pace as I cross the street, the sudden sprint when the red light turns green, the avoidance of a stranger’s eye contact, or the gaze, the leafs that fall, noticing the sun rising later each day, noticing the moon becoming fuller, and vanishing, noticing the seasons change, noticing the shape of my face changing, my hairline, my relationships.

This is time and space. Fine-grained and sparse.

Layer by Layer is an experimental research in the form of choreography, composition and online installation to attempt to peel apart our physical experiences layer by layer.

Research themes:

Locating yourself – How you locate yourself reflects your relation to everything else. Your location is a moving point in space, not a spectrum, a multi-dimensional space that only you define and know.

  • locate yourself in space – where are you situated, which part of the chair, which part of the room, which part of the city, which planet 
  • locate yourself in time – where are you in time, can you move forward, which way is forward, can time stretch, can time contract, can you resist
  • locate yourself in respect to others – how far are you in the physical space, how far are you in the mental space, what is the distant determined by
  • your location is a moving point in space, not a spectrum, a multi-dimensional space that only you define and know

A minute is also a year – What happens in a minute also happens in a year, on a smaller scale. Now is not only the current moment but is part of your past and part of your future depending on where you’re positioned in time.

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Moments versus time –Measured time is an abstraction of a natural cycle, can you sense time without a clock or a calendar?

What can we do to peel apart our physical experiences layer by layer?

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