This captioned film is available to watch for a week.
Performance art and mobile technology converge in Walking:Holding, a meditative documentary that journeys through urban landscapes exploring identity and intimacy in public space with a focus on LGBTQ+ experiences.
In partnership with Take Me Somewhere, the film will be made available for free online for one week. This film is a response to Glasgow-based artist Rosana Cade’s award-winning interactive performance, Walking:Holding, which invites audience members to embark on a carefully designed route through a town whilst holding hands with a series of different local participants.
Shot entirely on mobile phones, the film follows the performance to six towns across the UK between June and November 2016, bookended by the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump. This unique collaborative documentary offers an insight into the intimate work at a particularly poignant time in terms of identity politics, weaving together a range of perspectives and experiences from across the country.
“It has been exactly a year since the Walking:Holding film was screened at Take Me Somewhere’s 2019 festival and we are now in a moment where many people are experiencing the sudden loss of touch, and of needing to reframe the way we show and experience intimacy and care without this as a tool. Rosana Cade's Walking:Holding explores touch as a means of communicating with strangers. We wanted to share the film at this time, as a gentle reflection on what touch can mean... and what it may mean again in the short and long-term future societies we are now in the process of collectively imagining and building. The film is a meditative reminder of the beauty and importance of connection and care."
- Mary Osborn, Artists Projects and Public Programme Producer, Artsadmin & Siân Baxter, Producer, Take Me Somewhere.
About the artists
Rosana Cade is a Glasgow-based artist who mainly works in live performance. Their practice is rooted in a queer feminist discourse and straddles performance, live art and activism.
Charlie Cauchi is a visual artist, filmmaker, researcher and curator, who currently lives in Malta. Her 2018 project Latitude 36 formed part of the island’s European Capital of Culture programme. This transmedia project included the documentary short, From Malta to Motor City, which focuses on the Maltese diaspora in Michigan, USA. Her recent installation Sempre Viva, was a three-screen projection commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Malta.
Claire Nolan is a filmmaker in Performance Art and Documentary. Over the last decade she has been consistently making trailers, promotional videos, creative documentation and short films in collaboration with artists and institutions. She has also created video content for use within live shows and installations which have been shown nationally and internationally. Claire is currently working with new charity Something To Aim For (STAF) which launched this year and is in the early stages of production in a new feature documentary about legendary performance artists Split Britches.
Supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation and using public funds from the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The film was produced by Sally Rose. Co-presented with Take Me Somewhere.