Suzannah Pettigrew: Safety Glass
An interactive, real-time script development performance
Sun 21 Oct 2018 / 2pm - 4pm
Presented by Hervisions
Join us for a real-time script development session, including digital moving image, performance and a poetry-exchange. Commissioned by Hervisions as a follow on from “Honey! I’m Data” online GDPR Data Party, this performance event builds on the romantic drama script Safety Glass, by Suzannah Pettigrew, which was crafted during the live-streamed party.
Safety Glass explores the compatibility of online and offline language and semiotics, the rules of social hierarchy in digital spaces and our consistent data exchange. The script challenges the rhetoric and expectation of gender roles and attempts to dismantle it. The characters exist in an imagined online space that is mediated by offline generated imagery and real life encounters that redefines how navigate our contemporary relationships.
Throughout this live event, a series of digital moving images by George Jasper Stone will cover the walls, alluding to themes in the script with a soundscape from cktrl. This will be followed by a scheduled intervention, where two actors will perform the Meisner technique, using poems taken from ‘A Sphinx looking for a Poet’, that Pettigrew has been developing since 2016. Finally, poet James Massiah will lead a script-specific poetry exchange, exploring language and spaces that mediate real life meetings.
Users / spectators are encouraged to direct-message text for the script throughout the event, which they might see being weaved into the script and projected back to them in the exhibition space. The direct-messages won’t be shown on screen, with the direct-message arena remaining in a private space. Pettigrew will choose what to expose and how to re-assign meaning and context to the text within the structure of the script.
Suzannah Pettigrew a multidisciplinary artist living and working in London. Pettigrew’s practice explores the collective / singular experience and exchange between online / offline realities in post-human society. Adapting a multitude of mediums including video, performance, installation and mixed media to interrogate the systems, imagery and language used to communicate and receive information in our contemporary landscape. Selected shows: ‘Intrapsychic Crisis’ at Guest Projects, London (2018), ’Care Stranding’ at Vorspeil Festival, Berlin (2018), ‘Disturbed, Hacked, Re-assembled’ at Lewisham Art House, London (2017).
James Massiah is a poet & DJ from South London whose work explores ideas about sexuality mortality & ethics through performance writing & visual media. His latest project ‘Euthanasia Party/Twenty Seven’ is a series of poems about fate sex life & death from the perspective of a young determinist. He has been commissioned to produce work for the BBC & the Guardian as well as featuring in campaigns for Selfridges Loewe & Nike. He has performed readings of his work at the Tate Modern the Courtauld & the Houses of Parliament & been profiled in Vogue Dazed i-D & GQ.