CLARA J:SON BORG

It is smooth where the world ends

(2018)


Choreographed Walk / 40 min / In collaboration with the inhabitants of Blanca, Spain


Performed as a part of Open Studios August, AADK SPAIN, Blanca, Spain.


It Is Smooth where the world ends is a choreographed walk with a focus on notions of borders; made, natural or imaginary; wester ideas and choreographies of how a free body moves and interact with open spaces.

The walk started from the art center Centro Negra where the group got asked to look out in the landscape and for themselves, decide where they thought the horizon was. A local inhabitant explained where she thought the village started and ended and what she based her ideas on. The walk continued to an open place in the city where chorographical approaches around the middle were presented; when do we enter into the middle? Where are its borders and where can you find it in a space that is not symmetric? Then Locke's theory about that movement is only distance between two point where discussed. The walk moved to the river side where natural borders were thought about; the water in the river and the mountains in the background. The group then visited an open space in the outside of the village where the conversation continued about what it is to be in the inside or outside of a certain border and the western concept of that a free body needs borders, laws and regulation to be able to move. What happens when a western body gets the opportunity to move freely in an open space? Can we? Are we trained to do this? How would we move?

The walk reached a house belonging to a local man and he told the story about how he got his house and the how he had interpreted that space with his body. The walk ended looking out over the orchards and the groups shared their ideas around what feelings they felt when they came to the specific place and  it all ended with the story from the Pueblo People in New Mexico, USA, which believe that the feelings that we feel then we come to a place is a knowledge passed down to us by our ancestors.

The project was supported but CBK Rotterdam and the Mondriaan Fond.