Start from a condition of total isolation, alone in a dark and silent room: concentrate on your body. Think of it as unit of measurement, as a compass, a pointer. Control your organic rhythms, natural and often unnoticed: eye blink, heartbeat, respiration, sleep, hunger, bodily needs. Move out into the city, as you walk look for a synchronicity and harmonic resonance between your personal rhythm and the tempo of the city. Steps: the basic cadence, merging and synchronising into crowds of passers-by. Traffic lights: alternation of bodies and vehicles. Metro trains: their flow increases and decreases according to peak hours… List every urban rhythm you notice and compare it with a human rhythm; mechanic and organic, artificial and natural, individual and social, regular and syncopated; try to understand to what degree they are interrelated, determined or influenced by one another. Evaluate their periodicities, irregularities, accelerations, intensifications, beats, breaks, accents.… Try to graphically represent your walk as a polyrhythmic composition.
Milano. Rhythmicity - Orsola Sinisi