THE SHI SERIES (2006 – ongoing)

Shi Revision, lecture-demonstration as part of “Mythological Landscapes of the Body.” The Subterranean Arthouse. Berkeley, CA. 2009.


The Art of Shi video stills, by Jim de Seve, Troy, NY 2008

Adventures in Shi, duration installation. Part of a years’-long investigation in inscriptions. Little Italy Studio. Troy, NY. 2008.

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photos by David Hurwith

The Shi Series are an on-going embodied research project. The Series take the form of a writing, movement, lecture-demonstrations and performance practice in which I investigate the term “shi” as the source and all I have found it connotes. Shi is a Chinese term for dynamic composition, dissolving the boundaries between the making and the forms made. This series has been a forum for research into Chinese cosmology, including the breadth of the five elements. This project was inspired by my study of qigong, the Feldenkrais Method, and most specifically, a book I found called The Propensity of Things, by François Jullien, who devotedly investigated the term shi in a dense and beautiful tome, so rich it required I take reading into a full-body act, or page to stage. Several of my writings from this period are posted on the Compositions page- In this period I developed Inscriptions, a fuller incarnation of the emodiment of writing as it is inscribed into space. Some notes in which I describe some elements of shi are below:

shi notes 2

Inscriptions: The interaction of language and movement. Writing and movement. Embodied language. Poetics of movement and composition. Shi (dynamic composition). Moving words, writing dance, dancing text, dance-as-text, dance as communication, “writing” as a loose term for all that is inscribed. Write now. Being situated. Habitats and environments as meaning. The human form as a live landscape, therefore action (making) not separate from the art. Construction as act and that which was composed. What remains in the mapping and tracking of our embodiment, therefore what is inscribed?

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