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).
I’ve arrived in Rio de Janerio to prepare for our “situation”, taking place next week as part of the Multicidade International Festival of Women in Theatre. It’s my first visit to Rio, so as well as preparations I’m fitting in a little bit of sightseeing before what will be a very busy week. On Monday, we will start the workshop to create the performance; there are 5 local participants, and the online team will join as time zones allow. more »
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.
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 »
We are half-way into the workshop for the Graz situation, and I’m happy to report that all is going well. Nearly all of the technical issues are sorted – today we will test sound and make decisions about the number of laptops the network can handle – and we have a pretty good outline and a lot of media already created. All is looking good for a run-through tomorrow! more »