Do you sometimes feel as though you’ve hit a wall? That you can no longer see the way ahead, and that your efforts are met only with resistance?
The ‘white wall’ emerged as a central theme of Paolo Maccagno’s Feldenkrais residency, which drew on a variety of creative practices to establish an individual and collective understanding of whiteout, and pursued an in-depth exploration of whiteout through performance.
So, what did our collaborative efforts reveal about the wall?
That we all experience it. You might have to search long and hard, and encounter it at your physical, emotional, or spiritual edges. Or it might envelope you like a bubble, always within reach. The wall is there and you will, at times, bump up against it.
But our perceptions differ. The wall – as a boundary – can be understood as both a limitation and a defence. It depends which side of the wall you think you are on. Is it blocking you in, or keeping something else out? Do you feel disconnected or protected?
And our responses are unique. We each have our own evolving relationship with the wall. During the residency I witnessed fluidity and tension; harmony and discord; acceptance and defiance; security and enclosure. What is your response to the wall?
In itself, it is neither ‘good’ nor ‘bad’. The wall just ‘is’. It is a neutral construct with no inherent moral qualities, and it is defined solely by our relationship to/with it.
It represents a moment of disruption. However we perceive the wall, its very existence disrupts. It prevents continuity. It invites introspection. It commands a pause in activity, thought, or communication. It demands awareness.
Having shared these reflections I hope that your curiosity is aroused, and I now invite you to explore the contours of the wall for yourself.
I trust that you know how to find it.