The Bag O’ Bones Project [1995 -]

CiCi Blumstein dancing Makeshift Body on scaffolding, Brighton. Photo: Christopher Hornzee-Jones

CiCi Blumstein dancing Makeshift Body on scaffolding, Brighton. Photo: Christopher Hornzee-Jones

I’ve always been drawn to derelict spaces. For me, this is where present, past and future intersect, making a playground for the imagination.

 
The Bag O’ Bones is an on-going series of works concerned with architectural space and the body. It is an international project exploring designed and natural environments through performance, installation and film [see also Plant Life here]. It explores especially those spaces that are in radical transition, to reveal subtle resonances, memories and stories. For example, what does it mean to know and own a space on a physical level, to feel at home, or connected to a place?

The project seeks to develop and enhance this experience of felt structure and body-space interaction and to feed it back into architecture, science, technology and engineering. Each Bag O’ Bones work is a uniquely created response to spaces and people. The resulting films & performances record a history of physical change, in the way humans work, build and live.
Cement factory workers in the early 20th century, including CiCi’s great-grandfather, August Kättker. Photo taken circa. 1922, courtesy Hildegard Matysiak

Cement factory workers in the early 20th century, including CiCi’s great-grandfather, August Kättker. Photo taken circa. 1922, courtesy Hildegard Matysiak

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