I think the movement of the cartwheel and the relationship between the head and knees is interesting. In modeling it you see a compression and expansion that you don't see in the photos. In modeling the connection of the eye line and where the body moves I found it interesting that the body lands pretty much in the exact spot the eye looks to. My two movements are very different but in each movement the eye looks ahead to see where and how the body is going to get there. With the cartwheel the eyes spot where you need to place your hands then whips around to spot where your feet need to land. In both cases the eyes lead the body.
Both activities can be used for a means of transportation, exercise and fun. Walking is something we take for granted, do without thinking and perform multiple times a day. Cartwheels tend to be an activity younger people do. I don't know of many senior citizens that cartwheel for fun or for a means of transportation. It is a planned activity whether it be because you do it for gym class or something to do for the heck of it. It is also something that as you get older you embark on with caution. I didn't second guess walking for class but I did take awhile to determine if I could still do a cartwheel without injury. Fortunately I can. :)

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  1. Amanda, I really like your use of the words compression and expansion in your description of your movements. These terms can also be applied to spaces we inhabit and in turn might start to suggest certain modes of occupation. I am extremely interested in your observations regarding the view of eye and its relationship to movement in space. I think this could start to inform some unexpected spatial relationships when we get around to developing structures. Think about how your acknowledgement of this characteristic of human movement could be used and manipulated in the organization of spaces for a variety of uses.