Common Agency Projects, Rehearsing Commoning Actions At Wanstead Flats October 2020. (Photo: Felicity Crawshaw)
During COVID-19 restrictions, visual artist Shane and dance artist Laura met weekly in parks and commons. Public spaces developed a new function, more than safe spaces to socialise in, they became cultural centres where people went to be entertained, share ideas and experiences.
Witnessing this, the artists chose to work in green urban spaces and with nature: the weather, seasons, the site and all that grows in it. Through observation and play, they developed and rehearsed making and performance scores, exploring the idea of nature as a commons. They created work through movement improvisation, recording and discussing it with each other and interested park goers.
Common Agency Projects, Commoning Action #14: How to stand your ground generously
This video contains instructions to be re-enacted by visitors. Each time the works are remade, new knowledge is created amongst a growing community of performers. We ask ourselves how does this material feel? How does it behave? How do I connect with it and others? What can I do with it? How can it support me? How can I nurture it?
Film: Felicity Crawshaw
Common Agency Projects, Rehearsing Commoning Actions At Wanstead Flats October 2020.
(Photo: Felicity Crawshaw)