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Mytiline is a city where I went to study. I lived in the island of Lesvos for three years. During this short period of time, I got invovled with situations that their diversity still surprises me. I find that Lesvos is not only a beautiful island but with multiple of hidden stories and micro-societies through its length. My first aytumn in this island I remember migrants walking from a north and closest to Turkey part of Lesvos -Sykamia that most of them reached the island to the city of Mytilene. I wonder how the path they created remembers them.
Broadening this first question, I wonder how the paths remember generally. Is it a matter of materials left behind? What about the tracks that aren’t visible or tangible? That can be smelled or narrated. I imagine my presence in Metochi with Georgios and whomever else would enjoy participate as period of picking stories of movement in the field, and “metabolise” this experience in the best forms that trasnfer its sense.
The book of Frederic Gros, Περπατώντας (original title: Marcher, une philosophie) was the first reading that made me rethink the otherwise norm of walking. It narrates stories of walking philosophers.
Moreover, Contact Iprovisation has been a source of isnpiration about movement and communication. I would like to share a video of Steve Paxton, not really because what he says is directly related to this site or project, but because for me this is an idea that keeps following me in the back of my mind and because I found the settle of the video poetic.
When it comes to my challenges on this course, one could be expressing myself in english, a language that I am not fluent enough. Though, I believe that this course is a way for improving this.
Further, another challenge for me is time. I so desperately need time to understand and react that I think that a 2-weeks-course will be a great challenge for me to participate. Though, I found this first warming-up really useful to get a sense of it and an idea of each other.
to be updated…