Abstract: The space and times that shape our life are rarely static or constant, it’s an evolving fluctuation on a day to day existence. As people we tend to learn to adjust, coordinate and move through, material, natural, social and symbolic environments that keep evolving. We dive into the conceived influences of both spatial and temporal configurations which we learn, remodel and use to develop ourselves.
Indawo lesikhathi series looks at the ideas around space and time and opening up the possibility to conceive our relations through the concept of rhythm. The experiences of ‘Dissonance’, ‘Alternance’ and ‘Resonance’. Like a cloth woven from different threads so is our diverse relation between space and time. Our sociology of everyday life upholding the dedicated look on the lived experiences as a way to describe, interpret and eventually influence the process in which we survive, develop autonomy in sustaining our agency in different contexts and environments throughout our lives. Our lived experiences define and shape the rhythm in our way of life as we find ourselves deep in the trenches of adverse conditions set by evolving influences but yet able to navigate through our altered configurations creating new ways to adapt.
Our prescribed formation may require us to interact differently but the embodied experiences and the environments in which they are lived or observed makes it easier for us to transform and align.
Our human experiences cannot be envisioned in isolation but also in the production of space, which is the perceived, the conceived and the lived. That space is lived through experiences that we as human beings attain in our everyday life. The banal and emptiness of our everyday life within our social scope becomes that space. Everywhere where we interact between space and time there is an expenditure of energy which creates that pulse that we recognise as a routine.
Our day to day activities and the way they unfold through space and time form that sequence. Our repetition, variation and dominant spaces within a society manifests that rhythm as we make do of every circumstance to survive. At times that routine leads us to the organisational dysfunctions that mismatch our biological make up versus attained social activities forming double belonging. That experience of pattern disruption is linked to the interplay of our own existence as an effective engagement in space and time lived.
Indawo Lesikhathi – looks at our encounters as we queue and await for our turn to be part of the ever evolving environments. We are faced with the idea of familiarising ourselves with others as we find our fate predetermined by the forces set for us by others, as we wait and see each other that shared sense of relatable experiences give us comfort to be able to withstand and stick together when faced with adversities. We find resonance to our diverse make up of self whereas people we become a reflection of each other’s existence. It becomes clear that what moves one within does exist in the other and together forms that chain of like embodied experiences forming the strong force of resilience. Our allegiance steer up revolutions as we are moved by the same cause which is the lived within each and every one forming that sequence.
Within the chance encounter we find ourselves questioning our own orientation about how we tend to be different yet have the same experiences. Indawo gives us that space to feel and sympathise with one another especially in times of challenge as that underlying human nature lets us find each other and align with our true self which is being human.