This is a sensory ethnographic film that explores the different realities of the body within New York City subway and parks.
These sensory explorations implement a free drawing practice and consider somatic dance, improvisational, and sensorial form to foster distinct modes of action and perception in New York City. These practices serve as a tool to act and perceive upon “new realities” and propose my approach to ‘record’ in the body. This Embodied Record film attempts to sensory represent how an ‘archive’ of the body might look like.
The footage was filmed with an endoscope, binoculars, and a regular camera attached to different parts of the body layering different modes of observation into one body. This is an ongoing sensory ethnographic study that aims to understand the sensorial contact between the self and the environment (consciously or unconsciously), not only by physical touch but also through intangible contact sensations.
This ‘Embodied Archive’ proposes to consider the idea of Andre Lepecki’s “will to archive” and Bruno Latour’s suggestion for enacting “new realities” as a form of embodied living and discovering different modes for belonging to space. The adoption of the “will to archive” stems from the desire to implement and incorporate different embodied, kinesthetic, somatic dance, improvisational, and sensorial approaches to the practice of sense-motion as a way to enact “new realities.” Lepecki proposes the “will to archive” as a “will to re-enact a privileged mode to effectuate or actualize a work’s immanent field of inventiveness and creativity.” I propose to use this idea as a form to understand how the different approaches of attunement to one’s body serve as an adaptation to the environment and discovering unfamiliar spaces within it, fostering diverse modes for action and perception. These modes of acting and perceiving aim to contribute to defamiliarize ordinary ways of knowing and relating to oneself and its surroundings and enacting the development of “new realities” generating an embodied living’ common but diverse world.
Lepecki’s “will to archive” and Latour’s suggestion for enactments for “new realities” serve as a tool to interpret how diverse bodies archive knowledge and how to implement that as a way to relate with other bodies in daily life. The ‘Embodied Archive’ performs sensory ethnographic research in order to identify how the modes of knowing/relating and acting/perceiving are present in the environment.