Meg Foley’s Action is Primary: #315

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Driven by the principles of responsive awareness, Foley gave an assignment asking willing participants to indulge in an experiment where they would document a movement experience at 3:15p.m. This experience would then be shared on social media using #315.

The subtext of  Meg Foley’s Action is Primary, is that in order for one to affect change, engaging in mobilization is of chief importance.

But what does this mean? And what are we mobilizing to change?

Driven by the principles of responsive awareness, Foley gave an assignment asking willing participants to indulge in an experiment where they would document a movement experience at 3:15p.m.  This experience would then be shared on social media using #315.

While I didn’t physicalize the assignment, I sat in watch of an unknowing individual while documenting her actions.

This was my observation;

At 3:15p.m. on Saturday April 9th, I sat in a Starbucks watching a Barista’s dance. She faced a customer with easy going eyes and a patient, relaxed body, as if she knew the drill – him still deciding, her, the lenient Barista.

His choice led her down a narrow galley way where she pressed a button, activating what appeared to be a cappuccino machine. After a few seconds, she sauntered back to the waiting customer.  He uttered something, causing her adjust her body position, scratched her head, as she turned to look at the menu board hoisted behind her.

Her once laid back stance, pumped with percussive agitation, as her body language moved from tolerant (free, light, leisurely) to annoyance (quick, direct, and short with her answers) as she slid over to the machine to retrieve his initial order.

With only her fingertips touching the cup, she handed him his liquid request… the dance had ended.

Watching the exchange, reinforced my belief that mundane movements, no matter how minute, tell a story. I wondered how many iterations of this dance had been performed and what version I would witness if I were to infringe on the barista’s space, the same time on another day.

I exited the Starbucks and made my way to the performance of Action is Primary.

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