Imitation is the first step towards an outbreak. It is the point where everything starts. We begin to imitate other people before we can even process the fact that we are going to. This happens because of the development of mirror neurons that are present in our brain.
Learning too, comes from imitation. From early on, we are taught to replicate others movements in order to learn how to do them ourselves. Although we mostly do them voluntarily, it is proven that we involuntarily imitate others' actions on a daily basis. This also makes us feel more comfortable in uncomfortable settings.
Dancers too are told to mirror people or videos as a form of learning. As they start to repeat a movement, when they later watch someone else do the same, the activity in their brain increases since their mirror neaurons fire at a higher speed, and connect the movement to how it would physically feel. As a dancer, you know this is when you have learned how to do it.
After staring at the words for hours and watching videos on topics that I thought combined some of my interests, I decided to look into human behaviour and neuroscience, purely because of my interest on how we learn or rather, how we learn to learn.
Further, my experience and interest in ballet made me question my own learning process and I just became very intrigued with how the form started off being practiced in just one town and spread to the whole world. I wanted to know why.
I first made basic digital sketches for the elements I required for the installation. I also tried to sketch out the mechanism of the movement that I would later carry out using an arduino.
My next steps were to physically make the ballerinas and the layout. For this I used wires, net fabric, handmade paper, wooden slabs and broken mirrors.