Changing Positions
...exploring a hierarchy of physical positions, postures, gestures.


In English we have words, sayings, songs, which show how highly placed standing is:-
understand, outstanding, stance, standard, stand on your own two feet, stand up for Jesus, stand up for your rights,
yet many, perhaps most, important activities, ordinary activities too, take place whilst sitting. Social relations are developed mainly when sitting. At meetings people sit and in this position many vital decisions are made.

Not only was and is traditional, visual art displayed to be seen best when standing but displays of contemporary computer projects seem to have followed this same approach. Painting, sculpture probably acquired their display position from the way artists stood to make them. Computer projects are usually done whilst sitting yet, when displayed, we still need to stand, not only for optimal viewing but to control the interaction, with the mouse set on standing height plinth. This frustrates, excludes, not only wheelchair users but anyone who wants to approach work beyond the superficial glance. Presumably artists want a longer consideration of their work.

Does the preeminence of standing, particularly in art making & display. relate to men standing to urinate, with the symbolism and associations of this act, repeated so frequently during a day? It's alongside other men and we could speculate on the origins of men's need for clubs and secret societies, yet it doesn't encourage a togetherness, there isn't the friendly talk of women's toilets. Would it have been different if we all sat for this basic bodily need? Was there development in this, was there any time when they crouched too, or was standing safer and marked their territory. Is standing a readiness to run, men not constructed for contemplation? Isn't it time though, for the potential of sitting to be recognised, perhaps the art world, updating itself, needs to acknowledging ideas, thought, concentration are all the better when sitting