Friday Feature: bodies in urban spaces

Today’s feature is a really cool project called “bodies in urban spaces“. It is a collaboration between choreographer Willi Dorner and photographer Lisa Rastl.  Performers run through the urban environment and create visual pictures and ephemeral installations with their bodies – some are simple and others are remarkably complex.  Viewers follow the movement of the performers through a set route/tour and watch the intriguing interactions between people and built space.From Willi Dorner’s website:

“bodies in urban spaces” is a temporarily intervention in diversified urban architectonical environment. The intention of “bodies in urban spaces” is to point out the urban functional structure and to uncover the restricted movement possibilities and behaviour as well as rules and limitations.

By placing the bodies in selected spots the interventions provoke a thinking process and produce irritation. Passers by, residents and audience are motivated and prompted to reflect their urban surrounding and there own movement behaviour and habits. “Bodies in urban spaces” invites the residents to walk their own city thus establishing a stronger relationship to their neighbourhood, district and town. The interventions are temporarily without leaving any traces behind, but imprints in the eye-witnesses` memory.

The project has been performed in several locations in North America and Europe (the photos are from last month in New York). More great indoor and outdoor photos and info of the show here and here.  Is your brain over-flowing with ways to play with the built urban environment?  I know mine is!

Have a great weekend!

** photos via The Wall Street Journal (credit: Bryan Derballa)

Friday Feature: bodies in urban spaces

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