In Shanghai, the park is a place for uninhibited actions, where residents flock in the morning and evening. In Liyuan Park, a group of people gathers everyday at 8:15am for an hour of stretches and tai-chi.
Its a social situation, however as soon as the routine finishes, the group quickly disperses. Its the movements that bind them together.
Through participating in this exercise most mornings whilst in Shanghai in September 2011, I came to know these people and learnt basic tai-chi. I had been bound to the city and its inhabitants by these exercises.
Within this performance and its documentation, the body is replaced by the park. The park, once site for these bonding movements,becomes kinetic ~ embodied through the performance.
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