Inhabited Geometries

Inhabited Geometries was commissioned by the Keir Choreographic Award in 2016. It deals with the meeting of surfaces, the soft roundness of the body against the hard linearity of the city. It studies the conversation between inside and outside spaces, specifically in relation to the body, with its notions of outer exposure and inner solace.

In March 2016, choreographer James Batchelor spent seven days living on the streets of Melbourne, seeking to better understand homelessness. A restless journey through the city’s labyrinthine pathways and public spaces, James recorded his experiences through sound, drawings and movement. The process was a context for having conversations with people experiencing homelessness and examining this interface between body and city. The daily challenges included finding food, shelter, amenities, privacy, safety and rest. As the journey progressed, the lack of these basic necessities began to take its toll on the body. The hard surfaces of the city left an imprint on the body in the way of accumulated grime and discomfort. At the completion of the week, James

felt isolated and exhausted. Inhabited Geometries responds directly to James’ experience, as well as his continued research and dialogue with people who are experiencing homelessness in Melbourne.

Concept/choreography: James Batchelor
Performers: Morgan Hickingbotham and James Batchelor
Sound: Morgan Hickingbotham
Set Design: Anna Tweeddale
Dramaturge & Video Design: Zoe Scoglio

Duration: 30 minutes

Artist Statement

This work searches for bodily comfort in geometry. It deals with surfaces, interactivity and the dialectics of outside and inside.

Roundness engages viscerally with primal desires, invites touch and intimacy. The waxy skin of the body melts on to soft curved surfaces.

A surface is a membrane between outside and inside. On the outside we are exposed and interrupted, inside we find solitude.

In the act of building, we attempt geometrical perfection. How can the round body find comfort in these violently crystal spaces?

When two surfaces make contact, there is slippage. The sharp edges are softened.

Inhabited Geometries from James Batchelor on Vimeo.