Week 9: Tension
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Just like a string music instrument, vibration in rope creates an invisible music that is felt rather than heard. It allows to communicate in silence through touch. Tension is an essential element of the solidity of a tie and influence how sustainable it can be. It is is felt more than seen, which is why it is so hard to describe but so important to the experience of rope.
The goal of this week is to get a better understanding of how tension works and improve control with practical exercises.
- Day 57: Presence – With a partner, each hold the rope with a distance between you. Explore different level of tension (pulling hard, letting go). Move around the room. Close your eyes and feel the other person. Solo variant: attach the rope to a piece of furniture that can move.
- Day 58: Uniformity – Pick a tie and focus on having even tension. Every time the person being tied feel a variation of tension, they make a sound to indicate the issue. Tie and untie while maintaining even tension
- Day 59: Intensity – Pick a tie, then make it 20% tighter, now make it 20% looser. Which one is more comfortable?
- Day 60: Shifting – Explore with moving the rope once on the body, move a wrap up, then down, how does it feel? What happen when you pull on the different rope and move the pattern around?
- Day 61: Holding – Friction and tension can work together to hold rope. Just wrap the rope on itself to make it hold, then continue tying without the first wrap failing.
- Day 62: Dressing – Explore with the tension of the skin under the rope. Tie a stucture with wraps, pass a finger between the skin and the wrap and slide. Compare different direction (front to back, back to front, from the top, from the bottom). Which one feels better?
- Day 63: Vibrations – Try adding some vibration to your tie, either by using your hands to wiggle the rope or a vibrator. Try different location in the tie and notice the differences and how tension influence the propagation of vibration