This week we have Rural Living in our top floor Project Space. Theo Samsworth, Dan McCarthy and Grace Nicol are using the space to create a cross-disciplinary digital media project resulting in a workshop and performance they have been developing this week. They are setting up a live feed to create a multi-venue sharing event involving performances and audiences in different countries, demonstrating the ethos of the International Performance Research Forum (IPRF). This is a project they have been working on that will attempt to allow emerging artists from around the world to share their research, receive feedback on ideas and help with further research, whilst at the same time offering them a place to advertise their work. Theo, Dan and Grace are using this performance to launch the initiative with the hope that creating performances in this manner, will encourage further research and communication between artists and creators. The project and resulting IPRF will be a catalyst for communication, the development of ideas and outcomes, and a place to share work with creators from other countries and different cultural backgrounds.
The artists are using the space to develop a performance piece for the sharing through task based choreographic ways of working attempting to explore theoretical research through practical application. The space is being used to create a place-memory connection. The piece created during this week is the culmination of a research project investigating place and memory, which their company have been exploring in Bristol, London and Berlin and is informed by their choreographer’s research paper Memory: An unreliable construct? This paper explores a possible significance of memory to our desire to transcend our mortality and questions the importance of memory to performance and to an unchangeable notion of the self that can be solidified and remembered. This ultimately like memory can be faulty. The workshop we offer will also be based on these ideas to allow the participants to explore them for themselves.
You can visit Theo, Dan and Grace in the Project Space this weekend.