Walking on a Path

Walking drawing | Pencil on paper
Two parts, each: 91 x 91 cm
15:23-15:37 EST, 2 Oct, Providence, USA

Our sensory systems activate only in the presence of change, and our cognitive awareness of heat, light or sound is not of the environment at all, but of the manner in which our own bodies are reacting to the environment.
-Michelle Addington, ”The Phenomena Of The Non-Visual”

Cognition arises through a dynamic interaction between an acting organism and its environment. Our environment is thus considered as one type of perceptible order, that we selectively create through our capacities for interaction. When we perceive, the abstract information is extracted from its context; once they translate into an internal representation, it becomes independent from its origin and is able to be processed and manipulated. The intention of this project is: to observe our fluid bodily changes and self-adjustments toward space and time.

I documented the sensations of light, temperature, sound, and space in digital numbers while walking down a street, capturing data from both my physical body and electronic sensors. These data were translated respectively into concentrations of charcoal lines, illustrating that my body experienced two distinct versions of the same path.