Kinesphere

installation – human body in space

Kinesphere can be defined as the ‘space which can be reached by easily extended limbs’. It is the total volume of all potential movements body can perform, the intangible space moving body produces. It is best described by the geometrical form of an icosahedron with its center in the solar plexus. Such volume is the basic tool for all dancers and choreographers but also for all the people. It is our personal space.

Cube is the fundamental type of space. Very simple, regular and understandable. But what is the actual relation of a human body to that space? What happens if we materialize a kinesphere and place it in a cubical space? What spatial subdivisions does it create?

Everyone knows their body and how to operate it. However, dancers have their body-awareness developed up to the highest level. They know and visualize exactly where their limbs are, what shape they create and what is their position
in space. What if we observe our body from different angles based on our kinesphere? What if we break this and deconstruct our perception?

This installation is a design proposal for the competition ‘Art of Change’ / ‘Konsten att förändra’ by Akademiska Hus organized in spring 2013. Materials such as rusted iron and semi-transparent mirrors were chosen according to the surroundings with the aim not to create something that stands out, an object. The focus was put on twisting and deconstructiong what we know and what we’re used to.

location: Chalmers Johanneberg Campus, Göteborg
competition: Art of Change / Konsten att förändra
institution: Chalmers University of Technology
year: 2013

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