embodied by land – was made during LABverde Art Immersion Program 2017 in The Amazon/ Brazil
made with Canon Super8 Camera and Kodak Super8 Film
Filmed and Edited by Aleksandra Borys

with financial support from Adam Mickiewicz Institute

The film was made during LABVERDE art+nature+science Residency – Arts Immersion Program in the Amazon/ Brazil. It wishes to represent the sensation of rainforest and how it affects human body. It was a wonderful experience to observe how human body and the environment became each others prolongations.

embodied by land

The physicality of Amazonas is what I miss everyday. My body is longing for the physical state and sensation it experienced back in the rainforest.

For ten days I was exposed to the power and greatness of Amazonas. The experience was overwhelming for my European mind, that could not follow what my body had already understood and begun working with. It took a couple of days until my mind could cope with the physical experience of the senses opening to their fullness, the feeling of the body expanding, losing its boundaries, blurring with the environment.

At first I wanted to produce/create a dance inspired by the experience, by the body was smarter and made me realize that ‘the dance’ started when I arrived in Amazonas, it was my mind that could not process what was already happening. By welcoming and accepting the overwhelming unknown, I started to learn from the environment through the physicality of my body. The physical experience of my senses uniting with uniting with the senses of the Amazon. My body stopped belonging to me, it became part of the environment, it became an elongation of the forest. The fascia that used to define the borders of ‘my body’ connected with fascia of the environment. Entering the network of the forest, my physicality took part in the flow of physicality’s between bodies, beings, tress, water, land, air.

This physical experience is a bottomless source of learning, which I try to come back to every day. It was one of the most profound, overwhelming physical experiences I have ever had.
All of it happened within only 10 days. I cannot even begin to imagine what it is like to be born into a community which has been living in the Amazon for generations, and see/experience/feel what is being done to the rainforest today.

9.81* states of attempts – is a work where I try to recreate the imagined experience of body in minimum gravity environment. Setting rules for movement research based on scientific research on what changes are happening to the body while away from gravity ( expanding space in joins and between bones, weakening muscles). I wanted to experiment with body/space relation which on Earth can be described by up or down, front or back and leads to falling and rising setting base for movement orientation. For this project, following research on movement experience in zero-gravity those descriptions mean nothing because this kind of relation of body and space does not exist.
Looking at qualities and physical states of the human body when in the zero gravity environment I worked with movement and composition of body and space.
London 2015
Filmed, Edited and Performed by Aleksandra Borys

song by Federico Luz
directed with , and edited by Aleks Borys, 2021

password: uni
directed by Aleksandra Borys
filmed and edited by Justyna Calinska
performed by Aleksandra Borys and Maria Zimpel
Borie 2013
Unisono – re//mix Anna Halprin – was created within re//mix 2013 program of komuna//warszawa. There are two parts of the project: the creative/ research process and the performance. For the research part Aleksandra Borys invoted Maria Zimpel ( dance ) and Justyna Calińska ( video ) to take part of the work. Finally there are two twin products of this project: a dance performance and a dance video. Both are titled Unisono – re//mix Anna Halprin, since both were created under the same circumstances, coming from the same idea, following the same choreographical methods of Anna Halprin, as well as her saying “a body as a part of the landscape”.
Ciala z Wody
by Centrum w Ruchu http://www.centrumwruchu.pl
performance: Maria Stoklosa, Izabela Szostak, Aleksandra Osowicz, Izabela Chlewinska
camera: Laura Ociepa
video edit: Aleksandra Borys
sound: Aleksandra Borys
Poland 2020
“Bodies of Water” is a series of activities realized for the Department of Presence at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw by Centrum w Ruchu.

Lumen Studios have commissioned artists from all over the globe to create a time-lapse of the night sky. Artists filmed a time lapse of the night sky safely from their back yard, garden or isolated park. Looking up at the sky is a shared experience, and is an act that connects us to our distant ancestors as they would have seen a similar view. Due to the constellations differing depending on our position in the Northern and Southern hemisphere, we see the night sky from slightly different angles. By combining the views of the stars together in one video, we get a feeling of the Earth spinning through space from a range of vantage points. As a result, the video seems both disorientating and dizzying. During these times of coronavirus, we may feel as though we are not able to explore the landscape as we usually would. Instead, we hope that viewers may be encouraged to explore the universe above their head from their immediate surroundings. There are many things to be seen by looking up, and it helps us to connect to others that may be enjoying the view at the same time.
Commissioned Artists
Aki Poon (Hong Kong)
Aleks Borys (Poland)
Andreas Olesen (Denmark)
Ashwin Ezhumalai (India)
Dorothy Cheung (Hong Kong)
Yukako Tanaka (Japan)
Esther Hanko (The Netherlands)
Elody Libe (Montreal)
Gil Zablodovsky (Tel Aviv)
Jaz Morrison (England)
Jenny Akerlund (Sweden)
Joe Patrick Shellard (Scotland)
Karolin Schwab (Germany)
Louise Beer (New Zealand)
Nenad Nedeljkov (Serbia)
Pauline Woolley (England)
Roman Gaditskiy (Russia)
Thomas Lord (New Zealand)

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