Daniela Bertol - Finding the Axis Mundi in the Water at Sun Farm - 2008 Daniela Bertol - Finding the Axis Mundi at Dog Rocks (Batesford, Australia) - 2016 Daniela Bertol - Finding the Axis Mundi at Dog Rocks (Batesford, Australia) - 2016 Daniela Bertol - Finding the Axis Mundi at Dog Rocks (Batesford, Australia) - 2016 Daniela Bertol - Finding the Axis Mundi in Torquay (Australia) - 2016 Daniela Bertol - Finding the Axis Mundi in Torquay (Australia) - 2016 Daniela Bertol - Finding the Axis Mundi in Torquay (Australia) - 2016 Daniela Bertol - Finding the Axis Mundi in Torquay (Australia) - 2016 Daniela Bertol - Finding the Axis Mundi in Torquay (Australia) - 2016 Daniela Bertol - Finding the Axis Mundi in Torquay (Australia) - 2016 Daniela Bertol - Finding the Axis Mundi in Torquay (Australia) - 2016
FINDING THE AXIS MUNDI

"In ancient cultures the axis mundi (axis of the world) is an axis, connecting a place with the center of the world: "Every Microcosm, every inhabited region, has a 'Centre' that is to say, a place that is sacred above all" (Eliade 1961). The axis mundi represents also the link between the perceiving self and the perceived universe and can be thought of as an imaginary axis connecting the navel with the center of the earth, also called the navel of the world.
" My interest in the axis mundi, as an architect, has revolved around the establishment of built interventions in the landscape (Bertol 2013a): the axis mundi"(Bertol 2017)of a place has a particular connection with the natural features of the site, such as topography, and is clearly defined in terms of geospatial coordinates. The art in nature project Sun Farm has been the main site for investigations on a contemporary interpretation of the axis mundi (Bertol 2017, p. 59)."
"Since 2010 I have developed several somatic practices based on movements of my own body, centered on the concept and physical presence of the axis mundi...
Most recently the axis mundi practice often happens in public outdoor places, connecting my body to a place in its socio-cultural context and natural settings (figure 3.17). These somatic practices consist of the ritualization of movement sequences within a spiritual intention. In this way, I see these events as a moving meditation, or a body prayer, where I am focused on the visualization of the axis mundi connecting the navel with the center of the world...
The spiritual focus is in achieving awareness of where we are in space and time, where movement is the embodiment of such awareness.

Bertol, Daniela. 2017. Form mind body space time - the geometry of human movement. Doctoral Dissertation.
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