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.
Part installation, part verbatim theatre, A Crash Course in Cloudspotting (the subversive act of horizontality) tells stories of people who need to rest throughout the day.
You are invited to take part in the subversive act of lying down in public, and experience an audio-visual installation that articulates something of what it is to live with chronic pain. The current iteration of the piece, co-commissioned with Camden Alive, focuses on Camden residents, and will add to the archive of stories and be presented in a new installation at Swiss Cottage Gallery 16 Jan – 27 Feb 2020.
By using an app when resting, participants will trigger individual bulbs in the gallery space, creating a collective light show and illuminating the often hidden needs of many.
The project aims to question the etiquette of public spaces while exploring chronic pain experience and identity in illness.
“It’s a 24 minute play with words and light. I really like that neurodiverse people, often isolated and absented from cultural spaces, get to broadcast their rest in a public space, and in a public work of art” Raquel Meseguer, Unchartered Collective.
“This piece is one of the most significant Unlimited have supported, as it redefines not just who can become involved but how. For too long access has ignored the needs of a significant proportion of disabled people – those with energy related impairments. This work makes the invisible visible, and gives agency over to those who are usually ‘unseen’. And it does so beautifully, showing us that we are truly equal after all.” Jo Verrent, Senior Producer, Unlimited.
Conceived and directed by Raquel Meseguer, in collaboration with Artist & Designer Sophia Clist and Composer & Sound Artist Jamie McCarthy. Creative Producer Jo Kimber. Engagement Producer Ralph Thompson.
Originally produced by Ovalhouse, and co-commissioned by South East Dance, the vision is to inspire other venues to take on the installation and work towards a network of ‘resting spaces’ as discussed on BBC Radio 4’s Four Thought.
Camden Alive is part of the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture and is a Mayor’s Cultural Impact Award winner.
London Borough of Culture is a Mayor of London initiative with support from the City of London Corporation’s Charity City Bridge Trust and Airbnb. The winning boroughs are also supported to bid for funds that have been agreed by external partners Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Heritage Lottery Fund.