Invitation to Play
According to my experience that the preparation of the physical body has an influence on the production of images, I tend to state that the perception of video footage can be affected by various aspects:
One aspect is that we can link what we see to a somatic experience. How does the way we are seated, standing, lying, what we are touching, what is touching us, affect what we focus on? How does the context we are physically in and furthermore the awareness of the socio-political situation shape our perception? Is it possible to have an individual point of view on an already framed work? Are you reading pictures in a bigger context or are you diving into a detail? Can you generate interest in the point of view of another person? What does it need to change perspective?
I invite you to play with watching for a few minutes. Change your position, take something in your hand, open and close your eyes. If you have the chance, watch someone else watching. You will find a little book to note a few words as a way to gather feedback.
Those who watch online, please use the commentary function.
Andrea Keiz is a biologist and teacher for dance improvisation. Contact improvisation has been her physical practice since 1990 and has been enriched through various body related somatic practices. Improvisation is her practice not only as an art form in dance but it informs as well her practice as videographer.
Ahe has worked since 2000 as a freelance artist in the field of video documentation of performing arts and as video artist. Besides filming and editing, she is advising students in documentation, camera work and archiving in several dance programs in Germany as well as offering workshops in video//dance and perception. Her ongoing interest is documentation as (part of) artistic research – and last but not least the continious exchange with friends and colleagues.