1 Click on Away: Artwork because the medium for Environmental Motion

Phrases by Paula Catalina Riofrío.

“Towers falling down” replayed one of many children. “Issues break on a regular basis” stated the opposite. “Waste, lots of waste” stated the tallest one. These had been the solutions of the youngsters attending 1 Click Away by Comply with By way of Collective, a participative workshop and efficiency that explores the themes of reusing, decreasing and recycling the wrappings and containers that come to our door virtually each week. It left me questioning, how does it really feel within the physique to have an excessive amount of, how does it really feel within the physique to have much less?

I’m at Higher Norwood Library on the second ground. It’s a classroom with two black curtains and an uncovered elevate. Comply with By way of Collective is on stage, however so are the viewers. We’re invited to assist construct a wall on the again and there are additionally purple carpets for us to sit down or lie on. Then the wall is torn down. 4 movers on the ground go used cardboard containers to one another. It is extremely coordinated, upbeat, and repetitive. What’s the consequence of the repetitive motion of shopping for; the repetitive motion of storing? The musician transitions us into one other scene; with a looping machine and a laptop computer, she dilates the dancers actions, she bends time.

Get Britain shifting says one of many containers. Work exhausting says one of many dancer’s t-shirts. Have Enjoyable, Make Historical past. The final dancer wore a smiley Amazon T-shirt. Our bodies are used as constructions, our bodies used as machines; chains of resourcing energy. The movers stroll with carton cubes and cuboids inbetween their legs and arms as they construct a wall between us. The youngsters whisper secretly, they play cover and search. It appears a thriller to them how the containers appear to drift on the again.

Dancers stability the containers and ask the little ones to hitch. They handle to stability because the wind blows from the audio system into the background. It turns into like a Chaplin film or clown routine; the cardboards discover themselves again to the ground. It ends with a few of the dancers coated and masked in wrappings.

Greta Gauhe the Creative Director of Comply with By way of Collective made me realise how borderless the codecs of artwork are within the technique of training. The workshop they ran after the efficiency was completely inspiring; it constructed a bridge in between the concepts skilled throughout these 40 minutes. The youngsters used the cardboard containers to write down, draw and recreate a brand new area. The influence of this summary artistic work can delve profoundly into the emotional and the rational cords of ourselves, in a approach regular speech wouldn’t. I left the Library interested by all of the attainable brave issues to do to reuse an deserted area.