Interview with Jan Lee: Movement Alphabet from A…  / @janleeuk / @janleeuk

calligraphy, ancient, futures

Hi Jan, please can you introduce yourself and your background?

I’m a movement artist and performer. I also studied Sociology. I feed these together to look at how different cultures codify our physicality and shape how we see ourselves. Working with Tim Murray-Browne, a creative coder, we’re interested in the physicality of our moving body: the calligraphy of our gestures, habits and preferences. We were inspired by the desire we have as humans to make permanent marks on the world around us and the urge to live on through this symbol of ourselves. This is present in the remnants of cave drawings as well as in our newest technology.

How did you get into it all?

I receive a lot of information from body language, intonations of the voice, the touch of a human hand, seeing the softness or tension of the face. As a dancer, musician and living with bilingual parents, I’ve grown up sensitive to listening to the multiple layers of senses as knowledge, information, wisdom.

What do you think people can look forward to with Movement Alphabet?

A space for you to immerse into your imagination, sift through the vivid colours, sensations, impulses of your memories, finding out how this source of creativity can generate a portrait unique to yourself.

How would you describe it in three words?

Calligraphy, ancient, futures.

Why do you think the senses are so important?

They give us freedom to interact with the things beyond our skin.

They allow subjectivity and objectivity to live alongside each other.

They allow autonomy for the individual.

A tool to make social rituals that bind us together.

They give us more ways to ‘think’, to be democratic in our perspectives, not just favour one over the other. 

Three words to describe how you feel about the festival?

Regenerations. Reconnections. Revelations.

Start your own conversation @OpenSensesUK #OpenSenses2017, this conversation initiated by Natasha Blok.