[NetBehaviour] corps

Michael Szpakowski szpako at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 3 01:01:36 CET 2007

That's an amazing story Marc.
I think I have quite a childish view of what I'd want
to do in art -  to show people a bit what it's like
inside my head -on the assumption , I think, that
there's some commonality, that, like reading a good
novel, a shiver will creep down one's spine at a
passage that reflects one's own experience perhaps
with just a few small, but mysterious & significant,
differences,a passage that might point the way to
another way, that is both familiar and intensely
strange, of being human.
The trance like quality of 'corps' for me is a
reflection of just how much I love big cities & in
particular London -I find them captivating and oddly
relaxing palces to be, especially when by myself. Of
course I'm totally aware of the undercurrents of
violence and loss and desperation and inequality that
are there not so far beneath the surface & I'm
intrigued that your reaction to the piece should
summon up both the darkness & the beauty of it all.
I'm grateful to you for your response - both for
itself & also because it makes me feel I'm doing
something right :)
warmest wishes

--- marc <marc.garrett at furtherfield.org> wrote:

> Hi Michael,
> I really like this video piece - you've captured
> something quite special 
> here.
> It reminds me of when I used to work in a homeless
> hostel (in London for 
> about 10 years), and I had to leave early one
> evening after having a 
> chaotic fight with a drug crazed male possessing a
> hammer. He had 
> already bashed another homeless resident in the head
> with it earlier on, 
> and I chased him around the building with Eileen, a
> friend who also 
> worked there. After much noise, comotion and blood -
> we got him and the 
> police got there in time to take him away. We were
> both unharmed.
> Soon afterwards, another staff member was kind
> enough to let me go and 
> ordered me a taxi. I left the building to stand
> outside and get some 
> much needed air, on Rosebury Avenue, Endell St (near
> Covent Garden). I 
> was in a daze, watching people walk by me as I felt
> distant from 
> everything that was happening - for they had no idea
> what I had just 
> experienced of course. Everything seemed like a
> dream, and when the taxi 
> finally turned up I just sat in the vehicle silent,
> as it drove me away. 
> My senses were alert yet ambient at the same time;
> the noise out there 
> whilst the window was open, it felt like a
> visualscape + soundscape from 
> a film. Everything felt hyper-real as well as like a
> dream, all was 
> gently gliding about and around me, it was all just
> moving on by. I was 
> in a state of shock, but with a type of
> blissfullness had overcome me at 
> the same time.
> Scary, yet magical - I'd recommend it to anyone ;-)
> marc
> >
> >
> >has music, quite big - 36.2MB; sort of a
> found-dance.
> >
> >HNY!
> >michael
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