At The Spark the table was used over 3 days in workshops and group processes helping to make ideas visible. It offered specific questions to answer certain questions and it was a surface to reflect on the overall event. It was also used as dinner & lunch table and hosted many great conversations.
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Interactive chalk table
The Spark, Human Rights & Social Justice Festival, London 2014
The table which is part of a work series called "Scores for a Widening Field" functions as a place for reflection, dialogue and questioning.
It is a place that invites interaction and the sharing of different views and perspectives. It is a space that can be adjusted to people’s needs, serving a different purpose or question every day.
It is a place to make visible the many invisible thoughts, perceptions and feelings inside us. It can be a place inviting general questions around the event’s overall theme. It can be a place for general feedback and reflection of the whole event. It can be a place to be carried and used in the public sphere.
It can be a place that asks specific questions:
How do you envision the future?
What is progress to you?
How can we stay connected to ourselves and to each other?
SENSORY INTERVENTIONS – SCORES FOR A WIDENING FIELD
MA degree Show, Glass Tank, Oxford Brookes University 2013
A 3 week installation.
The circular blackboard table was an invitation to see, to perceive and to dream in potentially different ways as we are used to. There were no verbal instructions for engagement but eight pieces of chalk, elements such as a drawn eye, a set of drawn hands as well as a book and later some natural objects.
The eye to me was a symbol for the multiple modes of perception that we are capable of. The set of hands was drawn onto the table surface; a symbol for engagement and for action.
In the book one could find invitations to dream into specific elements, objects and phenomena that exist around us. Each page featured the phrase dreaming into: Dreaming into water; dreaming into rock; dreaming into cell; dreaming into form; dreaming into human. This mode of dreaming might open up preconceptions of what one might know about the phenomena beginning a flow of imaginative thought and memory.
The table was cleaned every other day, to allow multiple new beginnings. Tabula Rasa.
Interactive Chalkboard Table
'Explorations of touch'
Interactive table, projection & performance
Oxford Brookes University, May 2013
A work in progress during my Masters degree.
This interactive table was filled with different materials that all asked for engagement and participation. All materials were open to be altered and changed.
There were drawings, poetic imagery, books with movement scores, scores for contemplation, written invitations to look, read, touch, draw, write, take, move, respond in different ways to the many offerings.
The work was intended to unfold individual and collective dialogues with the materials and the space.
A gathering of hand made books, offered ways into contemplative experiences. They offered imaginative language, empiric facts, poetic invitation and creative scores.
‘Towards the Phenomena of Personal Metaphor’ was a book in which I invited participants to make personal associations with terms which’s meaning are already established.
In ‘Bodystories’ I introduced metaphorical imaginative language, proposing images that through visualisation and imagination, can open up a realm for mental and physical exploration and discovery.