Movement of Tree by Julie Angel
Why Movement of Tree?Because it rhymes with a previous film I made called Movement of Three. Sometimes it’s best to keep films and projects simple and fun. I can think about them deeply and write essays about their meaning and the sociological, anthropological and political interpretations, but as well as that I just need to know that they make me smile and there’s an original nature to them. I’m a bit lazy so if I’m going to make a film then it has to add something to the existing landscape of images, actions, people and places. If it doesn’t then I can’t justify my work. I was lucky enough to attend the North American Women’s Parkour Jam in Seattle last July. Great locations, conversations, action and new acquaintances. I took a lot of photographs and generally hung out. One of the locations we went to on the first day was the brutalist concrete fountains and walls of Freeway Park. A Parkour nirvana some might say. The organisers had set the bar high but little did I know about where we were heading after lunch. Volunteer Park in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle is home to some magnificent and beautiful trees. Some of them offered the height at which mind games are played out whilst others were perfect for simple challenges and an ease of options to move through. I’d never seen so many women (I think there were 100 at the event) training in such an inspiring wooded environment. I knew that the gathering of so many athletes was a great chance to create a new piece of work but an event isn’t the right time and place. It’s not what people signed up for. What to do? Film the day after the event with those who are still hanging around and willing. Luckily for me those who were some of the finest and inspiring movers from North America.
It’s not smooth, polished and flawless. Neither am I. And nor are the trees.
The camera can invite various behaviours that wouldn’t occur otherwise and I’m very aware of that, hence the instructions ‘whatever you’re comfortable with’.