Our attention dwells in different places; in dreams or in actions, in memories or in our thoughts. It fluctuates between the space surrounding us and our inner landscapes; our thoughts, memories, and dreams. Our sensations can change from one moment to the next and are controlled by complex stimulations of our inner and external worlds.
The difference between our speaking voice and our inner dialogue is the materiality or the sound waves that travel within the space. When I talk to myself out loud, I transfer my attention from my mouth, to my tongue and down the esophagus. If I look at something in the distance and use my voice at the same time, my attention fluctuates between what I say and what I see, moving from my mouth to my vision. When my inner voice is at work, the radius of my attention can be very flexible, either placed within the body or within different sensations of the surrounding space. The attention is not necessarily placed inside the body like when I use my speaking voice, but is rather freer and travels easily through space. Dwelling with my inner thoughts, my attention fluctuates between what I say and what I perceive from the environment, stimulated by my imaginations.
The movements of my attention travels between the environment and my inner mind, I was inspired by the French philosopher Henri Bergson’s (1859-1941) writings on duration, where he analyses how our attention moves from one moment to the next. I have been developing a method I call filming though the mind, where I use moving images to investigate fluctuations of our attention, focusing on different sensations of the body and its surroundings. My aim is to relate to the spectator a sense of being placed within the mind of the leading performer, as if looking through the performer’s thinking processes and sensations, instead of the external view we recognise from movies.
I believe that rythm is natural to humans and that that is why most people love music and dancing. Physical motions like clapping hands or walking are rhythmical, organs have their own beat and rhythm is found everywhere in nature. The Earth slowly expands and contracts. In the work process I have been collecting various beats and different movements within nature.
My MA project, Fluctuation, is a moving image divided into four sections; 1)Thinking Space, 2)Moving Thoughts, 3.Dissolution, and 4)Specks. I base the structure of the moving-image on sonata no. 2 by Chopin (1810-1849), but Fluctuation is no other way related to the sonata.