2010 Stainless Borders

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Stainless Borders: Deconstructing Architectures of Control

Industrial pole fixtures in the urban landscape such as handrails, sign posts and gates most commonly function as disciplinary guides and constraints on the body. Unaware that our bodies are dictated by these architectures of control around us, we move monotonously, efficiently and mechanically in the urban landscape. These industrial structures control and manipulate human traffic and individual movement.

In pole dancing the vertical stainless steel pole is used as a prop to dance around on and to perform advance physical maneuvers similar to gymnastic. The body in pole dancing is challenged to go beyond its horizontal orientation towards possibilities of moving and expressing in a vertical plane using the pole as its apparatus. This movement construction enables and empowers the body to move creatively in a vertical dimension. The movement vocabulary of pole dancing is continually being constructed and reconstructed under different contexts.

Stainless Borders: The Deconstruction of Architectures of Control is a project that merges the urban landscape and pole dancing. Its a series of public interventions that moves the practice of pole dancing to the public landscape using urban fixtures as sites for play. These architectures of control strategically placed as constraints and disciplinary objects is transformed into playground fixtures for movement exploration. The pole dance vocabulary is used as a starting point to initiate other possibilities of moving in a given site with urban fixtures. I tag and document each public intervention, in the process mapping the fixtures in the urban landscape. The public intervention intends to provide an alternative practice and a different perspective towards how our bodies move within the urban landscape.

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