Bursary Showcase: Hetal Chudasama
A durational performance and installation
Artsadmin Bursary artist Hetal Chudasama shares a durational performance and installation, entitled ‘Directing water into a dew point – Incremental Repetition.’
Any presence is no more familiar
Than our goddess of the jungle
Arms in arms they levitate
Stray bundles of blessings
You pick and choose
Sit – Sleep
Spool that thread you just picked from the air
I’ll deliver just the tool
The day sets and I’m old
Come as water
And bring a stone
Together we shall hang it.
Directing water into a dew point – incremental repetition is a long duration performance and an installation . Films, text, drawings merge with live-action to turn the space at Toynbee Studios into a cave where spells are broken. The performance is divided into 30 minute slots. Six members of the audience will be invited during each slot to experience/ participate in an intimate space together with the artist in order to create a collective imagining and thought making process. The visitors are encouraged to bring a stone or a pebble of any size they may feel fit to carry during their visit. Stone acts as a metaphor for a painful burden. There is no real scale to measure pain. Pain is immeasurable in all its forms. The pain of loss is the worst – loss of active body, loss of freedom, identity, and self. And yet we must scale it, lift it, lower it, lighten it. Deriving from a point of widespread despair, mental illness, disconnectedness and spiritual loss the artist will create a space for collective mourning and re-imagining of a stronger moral strength. This piece is an exercise to touch on a very individual sense of joy snatched out from loss. It enables the conditions for conceiving visions of our present and future collectively.
“It’s been so inspiring working alongside these five artists over the last year. I’ve learned so much from their capacity to adapt, imagine and rest in unimaginable challenges of a pandemic. I see in all five of the Bursary artists an energy to take on an uncertain future and map a new landscape of artistry that leads from curiosity, criticality and hope.”– Michael Norton
- BSL on request.
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- The event takes places in the theatre. There is a wheelchair lift to access the stage, if required.
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