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Heather B. Swann
Unforgettable (introversion vehicle for Timothy Hill) 2018
wire, silk, velvet, copper
Courtesy of Michael Bugelli Gallery
I LET MY BODY FALL INTO A RHYTHM develops artist Heather B. Swann's idea of the ‘performance tool’; a sculptural object activated by a human body.
Born from a moment during a residency in Japan when she overheard the ‘chink – chink’ of an unseen stone mason carving a tombstone in a cemetery, Swann experienced an unsettling, surreal sensation of unbound sound. In that moment she understood the beautiful melancholy expressed in the Japanese concept of mono no aware – the pathos of things.
The regular intervals of breathing, the pulse of blood, the movement of tides are encoded in consciousness. We drum our fingers or click our tongues when searching for a word or an idea. We tap our feet with impatience. We hum tunelessly when we are contented or concentrating. Then there is work. We cut. We sweep. We sew. We fold. We hammer. We rub and pat and shape... In the pursuit of these tasks the body is enlivened, possessed by patterns of motion: swinging, swaying, rocking, pacing... At an abstract extremity, such movements are both a site and a source for the expansion of consciousness. They are a choreography for the nervous system.
In its combination of art installation and live performance, I LET MY BODY FALL INTO A RHYTHM explores the idea that repeated, rhythmical actions – particularly those of physical and skilled labour, create powerful emotional states.
Commission developed by Global Project Space, an initiative of Asialink Arts, supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.