Time in Three Trajectories

This exercise is borrowed and adapted from a score (a set of directions) in “A Field Guide to iLanding” (2017): “Time in Three Trajectories” — iLAND Symposium, 2013.


This is the cover of the book the exercise was borrowed from.

For our purposes, we are going to add a mapping component to this score, either via a GPS app on your phone, or by hand-drawing your paths on a map as you go. If you are using GPS, you may want to try to have your trajectories go at least 1 block long so the GPS can pick up on your movements more accurately. In this exercise, the result will be an abstract line drawing created by your walking body. For example:


Individually select 3 trajectories to follow through space:

  1. one driven by movement or a sensation you remember
  2. one driven by responses to the immediate perception of a sensation
  3. one driven by imagined movement or sensation in the future

Travel along these trajectories in any order.

When you intersect with another body, change your trajectory.

At some point start moving backward and forward, retracing your steps.

You can choose to be outside of the trajectories at any point. Any space outside of the trajectories is a space of dissipation or suspension, undoing or unknowing.

After completing these exercises, please post a photo of your map (abstract line drawing) on our discussion board with a little bit of reflection, so others can see what you did.