How to Decode Urban Signs

2016 - 2018

In 2016, the work »How to Decode Urban Signs« investigated the role of urban signs in human movement through the urban environment of Montreal. Several urban signs were decoded as performative instructions, using their pictorial content as a foundation. With Rudolf Laban’s notation system in mind, an alphabet of movement was created that abstracted but still displayed the icons they were rooted in.

Performance, Montreal 2018

Revisiting Montreal in the summer of 2018, more urban signs were investigated and the alphabet grew further during a residency at Matralab. The performative walks and spontaneous interventions in public space reveal the highly complex visual input that cities expose to the human body and translate this constant stream of information into a dance piece.

Images by ©Liese Endler and ©Gabriella Scali