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Rosana Cade, Claire Nolan and Charlie Cauchi

A meditative documentary exploring identity and intimacy in public space

Film still from Walking:Holding

A film by Rosana Cade, Claire Nolan, and Charlie Cauchi in response to Rosana’s live work, Walking:Holding, is screening online.

Performance art and mobile technology converge in Walking:Holding, a creative documentary exploring intimacy, identity and vulnerability in urban public spaces.

Using the concept of holding a stranger’s hand whilst walking through a town, this experimental documentary asks how our sense of identity is informed and affected through interaction with others, and where and why people feel vulnerable in public.

Shot entirely on iPhones, the footage has all been captured through documenting a tour of Rosana Cade’s award-winning interactive performance project Walking:Holding to 6 towns across the UK, beginning in June 2016, and finishing the week Donald Trump was elected President of the United States of America in November 2016. The performance of Walking:Holding invites solo audience members to embark on a carefully curated route through a town whilst holding hands with a series of very different local participants.

Filming took place in Reading, Colchester, Leith, Stoke-on-Trent, Doncaster and Leeds. Using the framework of the performance as inspiration the film will take the viewer on a journey through the streets, parks, alleyways and shopping centres that make up these towns, giving them the perspective of a live walker. Our companions on these walks will be the voices we hear from a series of intimate interviews and conversations with the participants. Over the course of the film these will interweave to create a complex dialogue on identity in towns in Britain, what connects and divides communities, and what’s common or unique in the urban landscapes we are walking through.

The production period was supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and supported using public funds by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Many thanks to Filament Eleven 11 for the use of their headphones.

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. 

The film is captioned.

Date and time

8–21 March 2021

Please note
This is now a past event.


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