Gesture Lab 3 BODYWORKS REIMAGINED.
Video installation, CRATE St James, London, 2019.
Image source: James Robertshaw.
BODYWORKS REIMAGINED is a video installation based on imagined choreographies of gestures and recorded body movements. These projections were recorded during the first public GestureLab at One Hoe Street, where participants responded to archives of recorded body movements of people at work.
BODYWORKS REIMAGINED explores the echoes of original movement through secondary mimicry.
I hypothesised that abstracted viewing of gestures may still generate a notion of own movement in the viewer through mirror systems. That secondary mimicry can draw from a memory bank of own action and muscle memory. A format of diptych edit created a more intimate presentation and a form of triangulation between two projected bodies and the viewer, rather than a more sociological comparison of movement differences between the bodies. The viewer tunes into the simultaneous movement and synchronises with the projected bodies.