Test 3 A shadowcatcher
On one frosty morning in April, the icebound lake Kilpisjärvi is in incessant interplay with shady and luminous movements. I become magnetized by these movements and by the space that this play reveals. The transforming luster turns the field of ice onto a big moving threshold on the verges of shadow and the light.
I take 5 poles and walk out onto the ice. I wait for the verge to arrive. I hold my poles and can feel the wind on my cheeks and the cold air sneaking down my throat. When the threshold arrives, I start to chase and mark the line, which splits the light and the shadow. It’s not possible to master the circulating movements; the choreography is formed by the movements of the clouds, the wind, the sun, Earth, and me running around the ice, striking the poles into the icy field. A continuous alteration of composing the poles exhausts the body on this field.
The assemblage of the human, natural, and motional is present in various scales at the biological station in which the Ars Bioarctica residency takes place. Diagrams, charts, and maps exemplify the human curiosity and desire to take over the surrounding circumstance and its movement. Shadowcatcher is a choreographer who actualizes this kind of relation to the surroundings.