A swollen being draws one’s body into its puffy belly. Inside, there’s only sensation. Aquamarine glowing blue, texture, sound, touch, a gentle compression. The work explores the physical experience of being immersed in a thick body of light, provoking a brief loss of orientation, while compressing the body of the visitor in a full embrace. A tunnel where two people are passing, not knowing whether one will meet each other.
Comprehend – mid-14c. English – from Old French comprehender, or Latin comprehendere, com– ‘together’ + prehendere ‘grasp. , “to understand, take into the mind, grasp by understanding, to include;”
In Latin comprehendere “to take together, to unite; include; seize”; also “to perceive, to seize or take in the mind”, “to catch hold of”.
Late Middle English/Old French – compresser or late Latin compressare, frequentative of Latin comprimere, from com– ‘together’ + premere ‘to press’; ‘pressed together’, from the verb comprimere.
The site specific work was developed in the context of HUBS Immersive Festival, creating a sensorial journey into De Nieuwe Regentes theater building in The Hague. Hubs Immersive Festival is an initiative of Meyer-Chaffaud, in partnership with iii, The Grey Space in the Middle and The Body of the Audience / Ludmila Rodrigues.