Intimate gestures: A series of explorations on the body's intimate relations with its space
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This paper constitutes a series of explorations around space and intimacy in relation to duration and memory. A prose, at the beginning of the paper, examines household chores as markers of time and space – days carved into discreet timelines and tasks around designated nooks of the house. Yet, by the same token, they evoke a continuous flow of duration in cycles of return. Using this imagery as a platform for bringing in philosophical concepts around spatiality, duration, repetition and memory, the paper examines the fluid relations of these concepts in an attempt to gain an understanding of living as experienced through the spatiality of the body and the temporality of the space. The third component of the paper explores these philosophical concepts, first, in relation to the everyday, then to the shooting of the everyday, and finally, to the screen space in works of Maya Deren, Eija Liisa Ahtila and Chantal Akerman. The thought/writing process attempts to explore acts of living lodged in the in-between of the idea of space and time, of physical reality and psychical imaginary.