Tiredness is the title of the research that I’m doing and it is about how people lives in big cities and how it relates with the inhabited space.
I have an image for Tiredness: someone is sitting on the subway, her eyes are not quite closed and her head is leaning on the glass. She looks through the window to all these people moving during the rush hour. She is just leaning, looking the stations pass and unable to move; only contemplating. Sometimes I have this sensation about myself. The body doesn’t want to move but it is supposed to do it.
When I arrived to NY, one of the first impressions I had was that everything was too much: buildings, kinds of food, infrastructure, people leaving and arriving, clothes, theatre plays, work, languages, traffic, sizes, proportions, money, etc. You have to keep moving to be here. It is the city that never sleeps and though most of the people seem to be really tired. That’s the reason -I think- for which the people uses the time to get from one place to another to get some rest.
Closing your eyes can be like consolation, or like consciously disappearing, a way to get some relief. It is a time for not having to act or to think. In that sense, Tiredness is the rebellion of the body when it has reached its limits.
For me, Tiredness is a symptom of a body collapsing under the structure of life in big cities; it is a physical and rebellious response to the overwhelming activity, the production and exploitation in modern urban areas.
I really like the title: TIREDNESS. I think I wouldn’t find a better one, no one wants to be tired and it’s impossible not to be. The body gets tire, the ideas wear out and nothing moves but everything is still about to happen.
Katia Castañeda, 2012, Movement Research Artist-in-Residence.


  • March 28th, 2013
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