I work as a play & support worker at a inclusive community centre, The Markfield Project,& created workbooks for neurodiverse adults who’s weekly art club had been cancelled due to Covid-19.
I named these workbooks ‘Home Body’ as I felt it is a state we could all relate to. There was no explanation needed but just that our bodies were always at home. It was an invitation to explore where our bodies are sat and expand outwards into the spaces we are surrounded by.
My body is in my bed, my bed is in my bedroom, my bedroom is in my flat, my flat is in a building, the building is on the street, the street is in London, London is in the England, England is on Earth.
My aim was to wonder through these spaces and explore the senses and feelings they give. This booklet was for people to draw, note and to be expressive or unexpressive as they wish. There was no expectation to show anyone.
The title and theme of these booklets were prompted by the book ‘Species of Space and Other Pieces’ by Georges Perec written in 1974.
The original structure which he bases his book on is from the children‘s song from ‘Les Deux-Sevres’ (Paul Eluard, Poesie involontaire et poesie intentionelle).
See below. In Paris, there is a street;
in that street, there is a house;
in that house, there is a staircase;
on that staircase, there is a room;
in that room, there is a table;
on that table, there is a cloth;
on that cloth, there is a cage;
in that cage, there is a nest;
in that nest, there is an egg;
in that egg, there is a bird.
The bird knocked the egg over;
the egg knocked the nest over;
the nest knocked the cage over;
the cage knocked the cloth over;
the cloth knocked the table over;
the table knocked the room over;
the room knocked the staircase over;
the staircase knocked the house over;
the house knocked the street over;
the street knocked the town 0/Paris over.