felt, thread, textile samples, wood, copper leaf
in collaboration with: Charlie Thornton Chang-Ching Su Aazeen Haqui
filed in: 2021 Fiber Time Object Performance
Sara Ahmed writes in Queer Phenomenology about the act of being (dis)oriented towards other objects and people. Two bodies grapple with the act of orienting themselves in space by aligning their bodies in accordance to a series of spoken commands (e.g. “Left hand, south. Right foot, northeast”) One participant reacts only to commands spoken in mandarin, the other only to english.
Informed by the wuxing of feng shui, the practice mat points in eight cardinal directions using colors associated with the directional energies that flows through that direction. Viewers and members of the public are invited to attempt their own orientation.