Urban Adventure

Wednesday 6/17 I spend the day with my good friend Paul Deering, a photographer, dancer, sculptor and fellow explorer. We set out to explore liminal spaces in the city. Spaces that exist somewhere between the functional, the industrial, the urban, and the natural. Our adventure leads us to an unusual site on the shore of the Willamette River near the Burlington Railroad Bridge.  "Somebody lives here" it says in a tent, set among refuse on the beach. Empty spray paint cans, odd things marking the surface: shoes, beer cans, blankets, pieces of plastic. How to move, behave in a space like this? The space has evolved following a different logic all together. As we spend more time here, the physical body starts to adapt, navigate the space in a particular way. Synesthesia. The senses become alive in a particular way that is unusual from the every day. Train tracks just a few feet away, ships and cars in the distance, it is like standing between different time/space realities. The place itself speaks about what is appropriate, what it wants. The space dictates how it wants to move through the body...