Safety Glass is an interactive performance exploring relationships in online and offline spaces. This builds on Suzannah Pettigrew’s romantic drama script of the same name, initiated during Hervisions’ commissioned online GDPR party (watch the live-stream here).
The afternoon will evolve through a real-time script development performance, including video installation and poetry exchange. Throughout, the audience are encouraged to direct-message text for the script, which may be weaved in and projected back into space.
The script follows a series of exchanges between characters OUTPUT and INPUT, who exist in an imagined private space online. The audience becomes a spectator on their first date, taking place inside their direct messages, where they go to an e-restaurant and eat emojis for dinner. By dismantling the rhetoric and expectation of gender roles, the work attempts to redefine how we might navigate contemporary relationships; exploring the compatibility of online and offline language, the rules of social hierarchy in digital spaces and our constant data exchange.
The afternoon’s performance will be accompanied a video installation from artist George Jasper Stone, and a soundscape by musical project cktrl. The performance will conclude with a poetry exchange between Pettigrew and poet James Massiah.
Commissioned by Hervisions.