A CRASH COURSE IN CLOUDSPOTTING
Raquel Meseguer Zafe (Bristol)
24.10. 17:00 – 18:00
24.10. 19:00 – 20:00
24.10. 21:00 – 22:00
25.10. 18:00 – 19:00
25.10. 20:00 – 21:00
26.10. 18:00 – 19:00
26.10. 20:00 – 21:00
The digital audio project A CRASH COURSE IN CLOUDSPOTTING tells the stories of people who have to rest in public because they suffer from invisible disabilities like chronic pain or chronic exhaustion. For several years, artist Raquel Meseguer Zafe has collected these stories about lying down, leaning against something and resting in public, and the resistance that results from an environment which is only designed for certain people. A CRASH COURSE IN CLOUDSPOTTING produces a new form of collective experience in which the audience can rest at home and attend the audio-performance. In addition to the stories told, an App creates sounds from a group of neurodiverse people in real time who rest in the course of the day in order to master pain or fatigue. A CRASH COURSE IN CLOUDSPOTTING understands resting as a creative and brave act and sees in horizontality a new, inclusive form of audience arrangement which allows a different way of absorbing, listening and participating.
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Conceived by Raquel Meseguer Zafe Devised in collaboration with Artist | Theatre Designer Sophia Clist Composer | Sound Artist Jamie McCarthy Associate Artist Laura Dannequin Designer | Artist Tom Metcalfe Sound Designer Charles Webber Software Developers David Haylock | Joseph Horton Publication Design by Lily Green (No Bindings)
Theatre practitioner Raquel Meseguer Zafe is the foundress and artistic directress of the Unchartered Collective, a small group of creative minds from Bristol who all suffer from chronic pain. She herself has been living with chronic pain for 14 years. To be able to travel or take part in events without triggering a flare-up, she started to lie down in public in 2015. This lead to different reactions, she faced resistance in some instances or was asked to leave. When she lay down in the Southbank Centre, London, in 2016, she triggered a security alert. Since 2016, Raquel Meseguer Zafe has been developing projects and aesthetics which understand differences as a creative tool. She supports The Resting Spaces Network, a movement of artists who demand the provision of resting spaces or horizontal event concepts for the inclusion of people with invisible disabilities. Through her projects and conversations, she wants to put the conventions of public space into question and promote a new way of thinking for its use.
Production and realization
Commissioned by Unlimited & Camden Alive Produced by MAYK Supported using public funds by Arts Council England In cooperation with the Grenzgänger Festival