The interactive net-artwork bodies+bags (moving-in-between) is part of a creative research project investigating how travellers pack their bags. Packing becomes an everyday activity while travelling and presents an instance where human and non-human actors are engaged in processes that are mobile, fluid and participatory. Although packing can be considered as a mundane, everyday process, it is highly engaging and creative, and provides a scenario where bodies and materials are brought into proximity with each other. Packing, as well as the many other everyday processes undertaken while travelling, presents subtle material interactions that afford creative ways to investigate and value the mobile interactions that are often beyond our own subjective decisions.
When we travel we bring with us an array of objects, which are gathered together and arranged within bags, suitcases, backpacks, etc., and as the journey continues we acquire, discard, consume, and interact with these objects. They take on important roles in the relationships that are developed in-transit, and have the ability to provide insights into the many minute moments where our interactions are between human and non-human actors. Each object being packed and transiting with us becomes an active participant, influencing our mobilities and experiences.
As part of my research, I have photographed myself and fellow travellers packing and unpacking bags. This work collates excerpts of these stop-motion photographic sequences together. It functions as an annotation of the movementsB between the body and the bag, where they begin to move together. Often in the frenzied packing process, where objects are being squeezed and stuffed into the bag, the objects are conceived as fluid, malleable substances, rather than singular forms. A mass of material emerges, through negotiations of the body of the person packing, the objects within the bag, and the bag itself.
I have traced over these key movements, where the body meets the bag, or when the body places an object into the bag and the material of the bag shifts slightly in response. The sketched lines present moments where human and non-human boundaries are blurred; the bodies blend with the materials in the packing process. The sketched lines linger around points of contact, as the material of the body, the bag, and the objects congeal in negotiation with each other.
These images are excerpts from the online interactive work, which can be viewed online at:B http://www.kaya.com.au/in-transit/moving.html
Kaya Barry is a PhD candidate at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. Her practice-led research project bCreativity in-transitbB focuses on material and spatial intersections with contemporary travel processes. Her academic and creative research involves site-specific interactions that engage with processes of perception, imagination and embodiment. She has exhibited her creative research artworks within Australia, Iceland and online, and teaches in the area of new media theory and practice.
 To view, visit:B http://www.kaya.com.au/in-transit/moving.htmlB (Flash player required).  de Certeau, M. (1984).B The practice of everyday life.B London: University of California Press, Ltd.  For discussion of the fluidity of matter and material, see Grosz, E. (2011). Matter, life, and other variations.B Philosophy Today, 55(00318256), 17-27.