Augmented Body in the Landscape
workshop series for body, landscape and augmenting technologies · 2020 + 2023
The workshop Augmented Body in the Landscape aims to develop new pathways to experience the relationship between our bodies and the places we inhabit, and the ways that technology changes that relationship.
Participating artists choose from several sensing technologies: a stethoscope, a thermometer, a field recorder, a scent cone, and binoculars. Each technology extends parts of the body that offer us sensory feedback — ears, eyes, nose, fingers (for touching). The participants explore the area using the technologies. They bring observations back into the studio, which they process through a series of language- and gesture-based prompts.
Participants are challenged to synthesize what they have generated – observations, gestures, language and sensory experience – to create a site-specific perfomance activation.
Augmented Body in the Landscape happened in collaboration with students of Katie Schetlick’s “Performing the Environment(s)” class at the University of Virginia on March 14, 2023.
The goal of this workshop was to offer a myriad of ways of connecting technology with landscape that could be translated into classroom settings for K-12 students in Chicago Public Schools.
It took place in Douglass Park, Chicago in February 2020.
This workshop was facilitated by Chicago Arts Partnership in Education (CAPE).