Interview: what the body does remember?
Can you explain what you are doing right now?
At the beginning of the week, we all had to bring an item from home, with a history attached to it. Every day we work around this object, today we went to collect trash on the street. Right now the purpose is to make a sculpture that represents our item, and the next step is to become the item.
Yesterday when we went by, you were also working around the object, but then it is was about emotions and senses, is that right?
Indeed, yesterday we told alternately what the object means to us. We also needed to represent the object in different ways, such as clay or paper.
We do the same exercises every time, but in a different way. The goal is to represent the meaning of the item as good as possible with the use of very simple materials.
And will it continue like this the whole week?
Yes, our workshop doesn’t actually have a program. The plan is that there isn’t a concrete plan. This means we have to improvise a lot. But you can see a global structure during the week. We are working to make an installation with all the items we build around our own items.
Are the works of all the participants related?
No, not at all, everybody works individually.
Do you think what you are doing is interesting?
I like it because it is something completely different than the other workshops. To a lot of people, this workshop may seem strange and vague, but i don’t care about it. It is fun that everything is possible and that everything may be done. You are free, there is no right or wrong actually.
Do you think it is educational as well?
Yes, i certainly think so. Because you learn to think in another way. And it is something different than the plans we always have to draw (laughs).
Are there things you learnt from the workshop that you are going to use the time you need to design something?
I think that I will use this new way thinking the next time. So instead of starting to think about my design, I am just going to start designing from my feelings. So design first, think later.
Interviewed: Djoeke Capaert