Staging Conversations

by Liz Kirk Channing and Fié Neo

Staging Conversations is the coming together of two languages; wearable art and movement.
A three year long collaboration and development, this project is a sharing of the conversations and connections of a growing and evolving friendship. It is an on going experiment of how experience can be communicated through contrasting creative art forms.
This section is on grieving and how the overwhelming sensation of loss can be comforted through this sharing and friendship.

If I’m a refugee, will you take me in?

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Performed at Battersea Arts Centre as part of Homegrown festival, 8 April 2017.

Sally carried the memories of refugees and volunteers at camps. This performance in particular was a social experiment to see the response of people in lieu of growing political tensions and xenophobia.

Continue reading “If I’m a refugee, will you take me in?”

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Under the Counter. Royal Albert Hall. 6 March 2017
Students from University of the Arts London present Under the Counter at the Royal Albert Hall on 6 March 2017

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Immersive and interactive performance at Royal Albert Hall, Prince of Wales room

6 March 2017

“If all the paintings in this room were sold, people wouldn’t be homeless.”

A group of protestors infiltrated Royal Albert Hall and occupied the posh VIP room. Newspaper articles of various social and political issues like Trump’s muslim ban and infiltration plans scatter the floor. The audience are invited to engage in a meaningful conversation on socio-political issues they are passionate about.

Link to official Royal Albert Hall page review

http://www.royalalberthall.com/about-the-hall/news/2017/march/under-the-counter-central-st-martins-students-present-an-immersive-promenade-exhibition-around-the-royal-albert-halls-unseen-spaces/

Sally at Trafalgar Square, Welcome Refugees demonstration

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Some of the messages pasted on Sally are:

“The citizens who don’t understand Islam – the ones who has a mentality like ISIS – cut off the neck of innocent soldiers. The news didn’t mention how these citizens behaved to innocent people. More than 300 people dies including police officers, soldiers and civilians in Istanbul.”

“It would be much easier to process and mourn if these motherfuckers didn’t honk and celebrate their fucking ‘victory’. 260 people dies and people are happy. Very good job beheading innocent privates who had no idea about the coup and didn’t fire a single round. I can’t believe this shit and I can’t sustain my frustration and anger. It’s not easy to get used to live with ISIS – mentality on a daily basis ffs.”

“These children are stressed, tired and incredibly vulnerable. They are trying every night to negotiate climbing onto lorries on the motorway. The whole point of the Alf Dubs amendment was about an immediate response not setting up a process. I can’t stand the idea that we will lose another child.”

“They sent me because my life was in danger. No one is safe in Afghanistan. There is not enough food now in Calais. We are hungry.”