5. Perspectives

After the horrible rain we experienced this morning, we decided to venture into the Cathedral. Whilst we were walking around we saw not only the beauty of the Cathedral from the inside, but also many different people, from the elderly to young families. Tim Etchells talks about “the strange fragments and endless possibilities of people passing each other in the street” (Etchells, 1999, 79), a phrase I kept thinking about during the lesson. Each one of us will see the Cathedral in a different light (from a different perspective), from the people who first built the Cathedral to those who grew up around the site to visitors and tourists seeing it for the first time. We then spent time thinking about the type of performance we as a group would like to do, and all of us liked the idea of perspectives. Whether this be through the mind of a child, perhaps in the form of telling stories about the Cathedral, or through the means of photographs, to literally and historically look at viewpoints of the Cathedral. Whilst bad weather can be a challenge for any site specific performer outside, for us it was a welcomed help.

Etchells, T. (1999) Certain Fragments. London: Routledge.

1 thought on “5. Perspectives

  1. Hi Megan,

    I’m glad the rain wasn’t discouraging and that you found ways to continue working. It’s important to let the happenings and variables that occur in site unfold and to bear witness/experience the changes that the site is subject to. Different weathers, times, seasons, events all bring new challenge and new possibility. How does your material change as your site changes? You might like to consider ways to bring a multitude of experiences in your site together… to collate a collage of experiences, sounds, images into your work.

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