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A woman lying on her back on a door step.

Raquel Meseguer, A Crash Course in Cloudspotting (the subversive act of horizontality). Photo by Synnøve Fredericks

Raquel Meseguer / Unchartered Collective – A Crash Course in Cloudspotting (the subversive act of horizontality)

Combined arts | 2017 Research and Development Awards

Region: South West

An invitation to pause. To listen. To rest. A journey for the ill, infirm and sick. That is all of us. If not today, then maybe tomorrow. An ode to invisible disability and to acts of bravery we don’t see. 

A Crash Course in Cloudspotting (the subversive act of horizontality) will highlight the invisible disability of chronic pain by creating a physical space that represents those who experience it. 

In this space audiences will be invited to partake in the subversive act of lying down in public, to experience an audio-visual installation that articulates something of what it is to live with chronic pain. 

The project aims to: question the etiquette of public spaces; explore chronic pain experience and identity in illness; explore access for invisible disability communities and use pain science to influence modes of listening. 

Raquel Meseguer will collaborate with composer Jamie McCarthy, designer Synnøve Fredericks, and dramaturg Owen Calvert-Lyons, with input from pain researchers and Unchartered Collective. Produced by Ovalhouse, and co-commissioned by South East Dance, their vision is to inspire other venues to take on the installation and work towards a network of ‘resting spaces’.