On Ways To Disappear looks into the use of optical instruments as portals into new ‘realities’ that intertwine with the fiction of everyday life. These site-specific, performative and screen-based works, installed in windows, doors and other architectural gateways, re-imagine and re-choreograph ‘what lies behind’. Viewers are invited to position themselves at the centre of situations that are seemingly at arms’ reach yet out of their control. Non-existent personages from a present future accompany you, while binaural sound recordings reinvent the soundtrack of everything, even your own voice.
Site-specific versions: ... Without Leaving A Trace A telescope set high above the streets of Manchester lures the audience to pry into an unfolding cinematic drama, with the city as stage and you as central character. Future Everything 2011, Manchester Site: Piccadilly Place (brand new, extensive, white, clinical, shiny-floored office building in central Manchester).
I Came By Myself To A (Very) Crowded Place Starting in the room behind the door and moving further and further away from you, this jigsaw story of longing invites you to become one of its pieces by never being quite there, always one moment too early or one moment too late. Brighton Festival 2011, Brighton Site: Meeting room at the Thistle Hotel, with a view over Brighton seafront promenade.
Created by Sam Pearson and Clara García Fraile.
With the collaboration of Chloe Ducharne
Project developed during residencies at Battersea Arts Centre, Blast Theory studios, The Basement and The Nightingale Theatre.
With the support of Arts Council England, South East Dance and Nottdance11.