MASONIC BASEBALL, 2007
SOUNDTRACK "Monster Beat #9" BY JEREMY HOEVENAAR
Video 1:35 min
“If you come to the fork in the road, take it!” Yogi Berra
In the 1960’s Dr. Frank Belgau was experimenting with solutions to assist non-neurotypical children with sensory and language processing differences. Belgau would go on to create a physical system of unifying attention between nervous systems–one that relies on vision, balance, and movement–instead of treating sensory differences as purely psychological. The fruitful trinity Belgau modeled shares a framework with the therapeutic models of Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, and EFT and sports psychology.
In 2008 I created a Teamsports#1® version of Belgau’s system to use as props because I loved the strange economy of his designs, which get pretty close to my idea of Masonic Baseball. My athletic friends Lisa and Bruce were sporting enough to play a game on film. A decade later, Belgau still works at the crossroads of balance and perception. For me, a video that began as a loving parody became something of a testimonial for his work, which you can find here.
Thank you to L. Reed and B. Davis.