Inspired by a dream to capture the ‘moment’ of stillness as well as movement using the body and water.
There are moments throughout life in activities of high concentration and engagement when we cannot understand how time ‘went so quickly’ or ‘flew’ by. Such perplexing moments, which seem to move in contradistinction to the normal everyday experience of living in time as generalized by western forms of historcism, have been characterised by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi as the ‘flow experience’ (Csikszentmihalyi 1988). This experiential state is specified as both psychic negentropy and optimal experience in which “all the contents of consciousness are in harmony with each other"(ibid:24).
This state of ‘flow’ exemplifies the moments of happiness and pleasure (psychic negentropy) when we feel as though we are in the right place at the right time. It is the state of ‘being’ where time is one continuing force, deconstructing the common notion of the past, present, and future as separate temporal states.
Words by Mushi
We would like to thank The Composing Rooms for introducing us to Mai Ueda.