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Iris Athanasiadi

Artform:
architecture, choreography, performance
Year:
2021-22
Location:
London
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Project summary:

My work focuses on researching common threads between architecture and choreography, developing new ways of working interdisciplinary and creating participatory experiences which primarily address senses other than vision. My purpose is to create experiences that enhance the body’s sensory awareness and facilitate a poetic exchange between the body and the world, challenging the ocularcentric culture of the western world.

Starting from the body as the first space we experience, my methodology considers movement as a space-crafting activity; an ephemeral space formed by connecting our movement traces as we navigate the world. Our body is a living space which occupies the commonly referred to as Cartesian or Euclidean space; it articulates, shapes, encounters, echoes the physical space.

Within my practice, I am interested in the dynamic and qualitative essence of space and our felt experience of it before we intellectually understand it; how the body inhabits the performative space and how its spatiality affects the nature and construct of it. In performative experiences, the body is an integral element of space as, rather than adhering to designated space plans which direct the body’s movement decisions, it is through which that space is constructed, unfolded, revealed to its wholeness.

Mindfulness and self-awareness are also an important element in my practice as a choreographer and performer; attending to my own bodily sensations as they emerge, manifesting presence through bodily movement and connecting to my body and the environment I’m in, have functioned both as a coping mechanism for living in the pandemic era, and an inspiration for my artistic practice. There is something really rich about trying to bring embodiment back into our everyday life, by having physical experiences and forming an almost ritualistic practice around the body, space and time, which I am very interested in exploring further.

My work focuses on researching common threads between architecture and choreography, developing new ways of working interdisciplinary and creating participatory experiences which primarily address senses other than vision. My purpose is to create experiences that enhance the body’s sensory awareness and facilitate a poetic exchange between the body and the world, challenging the ocularcentric culture of the western world.

Starting from the body as the first space we experience, my methodology considers movement as a space-crafting activity; an ephemeral space formed by connecting our movement traces as we navigate the world. Our body is a living space which occupies the commonly referred to as Cartesian or Euclidean space; it articulates, shapes, encounters, echoes the physical space.

Within my practice, I am interested in the dynamic and qualitative essence of space and our felt experience of it before we intellectually understand it; how the body inhabits the performative space and how its spatiality affects the nature and construct of it. In performative experiences, the body is an integral element of space as, rather than adhering to designated space plans which direct the body’s movement decisions, it is through which that space is constructed, unfolded, revealed to its wholeness.

Mindfulness and self-awareness are also an important element in my practice as a choreographer and performer; attending to my own bodily sensations as they emerge, manifesting presence through bodily movement and connecting to my body and the environment I’m in, have functioned both as a coping mechanism for living in the pandemic era, and an inspiration for my artistic practice. There is something really rich about trying to bring embodiment back into our everyday life, by having physical experiences and forming an almost ritualistic practice around the body, space and time, which I am very interested in exploring further.

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