Kai Fierle-Hedrick

Motion Study


Motion is as fundamental to poetry as it is to cinema, and both mediums are put together in similar ways (through sequences of [sometimes close and sometimes seemingly disjunct] events themselves linked by sequences of conjunctions along trajectories that are arrayed through time and space) and out of similar materials (stills). The sequences (and a number of sequences of different “sets” may be underway at any given time) excite both retrospection (memory) and anticipation (logic). Since sequences (even those we call syntax) imply consequences, they also provoke concern — they excite the sense that there is meaning or the desire to make meaning.

Just as there are no frozen moments, there are no motionless meanings.

— Lyn Hejinian, ‘Motility’

The following stills come from Motion Study, a sequence I wrote from 2004 to 2005. Motion Study was a haphazard exploration of the development of locational identity... as a sort of schizophrenia of overlapping past and present experiences. Also as a process that's inexorably social, and political. The separate pieces were formatted to overlie prints made via still-frames pulled from a parallel video project [available to view at www.orium.org]. In light of this, it makes sense to imagine the texts as permeable screens.


Enter Motion Study:


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Postscript-Cafe Ouky Douky


Kai is a writer primarily curious about interdisciplinary, collaborative, & community-engaged practices. Since earning an MPhil in Architecture & the Moving Image from Cambridge University in 2004, her projects have included supporting an experimental video workshop for the visually impaired [developed by artist Mario Lewis 198 Gallery], working as an intern in the Interaction Department at Artangel, & speaking at the colloquium Partly Writing 4 on 'Writing & the Poetics of Exchange'. Currently Kai facilitates mixed media workshops for young people through the East-Side Educational Trust.

To see more of Kai's work visit http://www.orium.org/

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