Monday, December 27, 2010

Bodies in Urban Spaces

These photos are from a public art installation called "Bodies in Urban Spaces" by a choreographer (Willi Dorner) and a photographer (Lisa Rastl). I recommend doing a google image search to see more, but I chose a few of my favorites to share below.

I love the democratic nature of the project. The artists use their bodies as a form of expression but we don't see them in any really hard poses, looking athletic or idealized, as so much art tends to do. Anyone could do this. A mere turning upside down in an everyday space (and we can't discount the charm of the bright colored clothing) creates instant playfulness, humor, and joy.

How much of our posture and carriage comes from socioeconomic and cultural factors? How do our cultural and political beliefs literally shape our bodies? More on this in a couple days when I finish reading Yoga Body by Mark Singleton, which puts yoga in a broad context of politics, colonization, morality, and a constantly changing societal relationship to the human body. I know your breath is bated.


alain said...

I beg to differ... :-)
Being "stuck" between a handrail and wall is quite a "sticky" situation, which I would imagine would need some assistance for "removal"

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Wow - what a striking installation and interesting to think about how environment shapes us (literally!)

Zen Muffin said...

Alain, you are right!! I should say, they make it LOOK effortless. I think the effect is very human-looking despite the mad skills required to lodge yourself in funny places like that.

Thanks for commenting, both of you! Isn't the installation amazing?!


alain said...

I loved Ashley and will goggle up some more photos...
Next time I am in Ojai, we should try and some of our own pics around town! :-)

Zen Muffin said...

seriously! i would really like to do our own version of this.