CLARA J:SON BORG
It is smooth where the world ends
Choreographed Walk / 40 min / in collaboration with the inhabitants of Blanca/
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, both made, natural or imaginary. It also focuses on western ideas about mobility, choreographies of how a free body moves and physical interpretations of open space.
The walk started from the art centre Centro Negra where the group got asked to look out over the landscape and for themselves decide where they thought the horizon was. A local inhabitant then told her perspective of where she thought the village’s borders were and what she based her decisions on.
The walk continued to an open place in the city where ideas 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 directly
Locke’s theory about that movement only is distances between two points were discussed before the walk continued to a point by the river. Here natural borders were thought about; the water in the river and the
mountains in the background. The group went further and visited an open space outside of the village where a conversation about what it is to be on the inside or outside of a certain border took place. The conversation also touched on the western concept that a free body needs borders, laws and regulations 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 continued with a local man telling the story about how he got his house and 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 that specific place. The walk ended with the story from the Pueblo People in New Mexico, USA, who believe that the feelings that we feel when we come to a place are knowledge passed down to us by our ancestors.
The project was supported but CBK Rotterdam and the Mondriaan Fond.