Candy, Fiona Jane
Toeing The Line : a sequence of video stories on the theme of feet, shoes and walking life's path.
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Official URL: https://vimeo.com/35093365
The clothed body is at once subject and object, natural and cultural, physical and social, and is so central to our everyday activities, so embedded in our social and cultural experiences that it is often taken for granted. When worn shoes become part of the body, changing the way we move, and our bodily experience. However, in museum or gallery settings, clothing artefacts are invariably static and not able to convey the ways they were/are given life when worn. This research aims to bridge the interpretive gap and push the boundaries of innovative display by further exploring ways to document and examine clothed bodies in action, to access and convey their essential dynamism.
A series of video vignettes put viewers ‘into the shoes’ of another, to draw on empathy and personal interpretation. Several ‘characters’ are walking along separate lines or pathways that interconnect or collide to suggest serendipitous events, loss or damage. Mass produced shoes are worn in each of the vignettes, which call on attitudes towards collective identities, as well as those of personal agency and resistance. All the ‘characters’ are enacted and filmed by the researcher, to convey shoes as material manifestations of identity that transform or define an ‘individual’ person, and to highlight the connections between clothing, time and place.
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