Body is hidden behind a lot of shields and mediators. When we see a homeless lying in an underpass we rather seldom realize that actually it is a human body lying on a cold concrete floor. The whole set of frames within our perception starts working in our heads: “he drinks, doesn’t want to work, begs, etc.” Human body is always incorporated in the body of social relationships through which we see - and at the same time don’t see. People lying under bridges and next to fences and steam tunnels are seen as the heap of dirty clothes and social problems. We don’t notice them and they literally grow into pavements and become part of landscapes.    

 

To see this abnormal interaction of the body of a homeless with urban space, to see him lying on concrete floor in an underpass we have to separate the layer of clothes and social relationships from the body. My experiment consisted of several stages. Firstly I observed homeless people and made the footage. I was interested in typical situations and positions when the body of a homeless comes into contact with the city - while sleeping, resting, searching for food and other resources. Then I tried to repeat these situations through my body and the body of a close person.