a series of live, trans-border, online-offline participatory performances addressing current cross-cultural issues.
During the second half of 2016, I will be working with staff, students and artists in Coventry, UK on the creation and presentation of the sixth “situation”. We’ll be focus on the social and community situation that has developed as the university has rapidly expanded in the town centre, dramatically altering the population demographic and the daily life experience for the people of Coventry. For this project, I’ll be the Disruptive Media Learning Lab‘s first International Artist in Residence, and will collaborate with Rachelle Knowles, associate head of the School of Art and Design, who participated in the Graz situation in 2013.
Here is a 6-minute video of excerpts from the screen recording of “Temos uma Questão!“, in Rio de Janeiro on 7 November 2015.
Thanks to Gretta Louw for the screen recording, and to everyone who made this “situation” happen! (Credits are at the end of the video).
Our research for the Rio situation began with the issue of water quality in Guanabara Bay: world attention is turning to Rio de Janeiro and its waters as the Olympic Games draw closer. However, the pollution of Guanabara Bay isn’t a new problem, and its impact is much greater than a one-off sports event. Many communities’ livelihoods are based on and around the bay, and of course all life is dependent on clean water.
Here is a short video collage of excerpts from the four “situations” created and presented in 2013. Thanks to Jenny Pickett and the APO33 interns for making it!
Remember those protests we heard about, before and during the 2014 world cup in Brasil? Do you know what they were all about, if anything was achieved, or if social unrest continues? I’ve been invited to create a “situation” in Rio de Janiero, so I’m starting to look at what’s going on there these days – and I’ve discovered there’s a situation brewing in the water. more »