Middle Eight – new research trajectory by Inga Hákonardóttir
– John Rafman MAINSQUEEZE
Middle Eight is an ongoing research project initiated by Inga Huld Hákonardóttir. It takes its initial inspiration from synesthesia; a biological symptom of ‘co-experience’ between senses which are knowingly separate entities. I envision synesthesia as an intersection of sense at which the metaphorical can become a physical reality, and even a physical practice. I am interested in how one sense understands another sense and how this transmission can occur between different media. Middle Eight is essentially trying to make new sense in using the senses, to listen to dance, to dance thoughts, to think songs and to do all of those things in an abstracted manner of empathy. It is searching for connections between the seemingly dis-connected through physical and musical practices, expanding the forms of the moving body as well as the performance of a song.
The project draws its name from the middle section of a conventionally structured pop song. A middle eight, also known as the bridge, is generally of a different character than the other parts of the song, a chapter that expands the established identity of the song and reaches into another
area. The question that I am putting forward is: What would it look like if a middle eight presented itself as a bridge that speaks to other senses than hearing? Can a middle eight operate as a bridge between other media such as dance or other visual stimuli, but still remain a song? Does the middle eight have the potential to create synesthetic experiences in which one sense triggers the other?
April 23 – 29: BUDA
May 7 – 12: CAMPO
June 4 – 15: CAMPO
August (timing TBC): Vooruit
Published by Sam