Kimberley De Jong and Geneviève Robitaille
During a short intensive research of two days in June 2019, we attempted to answer the question “How can the body, which at times is elevated to a living artwork be also something playful, strange, grotesque, noisy?” From this initial question, we explored many avenues. Through the use of sharing intimacy, letting our flesh rebound, finding rhythm, discovering conversations, and sharing our bodies in their most vulnerable states, we let emerge the beauty, the ugly, the disgusting, the fragile.
This lead us to dig more into the intimacy between two beings, particularly that of women. How do women communicate and tell stories with their bodies? And what are the scenes and locations in which these stories are told? How can a place enable and evoke bodies to interact, to speak and create sensations? Locker rooms, bathrooms, places where intimacies are allowed but exist with unsaid boundaries. Only to step out onto playing fields and into the workplace, with uniforms and dress codes. How can women’s bodies transcend these limitations and whisper their secrets and the stories of their sex?
These questions and interactions produced the first offering of this research, wherein our bodies and movements are layered with audio and the implicit messages as a result.