Concerning the Landscape: A Study in Relationships

Humans are tuned for relationship. The eyes, the skin, the tongue, ears and nostrils- all are gates where our body receives the nourishment of otherness. Otherness, while being difficult to pinpoint its vast nature, includes everything that is unfamiliar to the way of being human.

 

This work explores the idea of creating a relationship with the landscape by using aspects of the beginning human developmental stages as a starting point – including innate reactions, mimicry and non-verbal communication. This series of performances focuses on the complications of communication, which is used to visualize reality, the attempt of dialogue, the dissonance between form and content and the possibility for trial, success and dysfunction in understanding. By examining the ambiguity of this relationship via reactionary approaches, these performances seek to investigate the dynamics within the space of landscape as well as the limits of our experience within it based on the intentions of our actions. These simple relational interactions with the landscape make way for the possibility of the landscape to be thought of in regards to emotion and connection. These works focus on concrete questions that determine the limitation of our human experience.