On Friday 1st June I was picked up by an old red double decker bus from the Hilary Step at 12:40am to be transported to the Contact Theatre. This was the beginning of my long journey of staying up for 24hrs to #createnotsleep. After meeting the other 23 creatives with backgrounds such as theatre, producing, writing, painting, singing, dancing and performing we played musical statues, pass the parcel and sleeping lions. This must have been around 4am.. I was surprisingly doing fine and enjoying the party games (i am a massive kid at heart)
Whilst we lay on the floor like sleeping lions to the sound of the Lion Kings ‘in the jungle the mighty jungle’ i was tapped on the shoulder and told to get up.. i followed a person up the stairs, got my stuff and was told to wait in a room. In there was an envelope with my name on it and a cryptic message inside.. i wait for a while not quite knowing what to do with myself, so went out through the fire escape for some fresh air then got locked out.
Upon being let in again i had met my working partner for the event. The delightfully talented Claire Cousins, who actually was the only other visual artist.
Our brief was ‘Out Of Time’ so spent up until 8am brain storming and getting to know each other. After breakfast my brain wasn’t working so we stole the cushions from the chairs and had a kip for a couple of hours… although i have a feeling that Claire spent most of that time playing Pacman.
Instead of focusing on the negativity of ‘Out of Time’ we created a space in which you could loose time having fun. Sometimes the reasons why you run out of time is because you get distracted by other things, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing!
The long corridor had all the lights covered with blue gels, time was written down with masking tape along the floor. Before you go through the door you are given a ballon to blow up. You then have to keep the ballon up in the air whilst walking along the time line hitting targets that are placed along the wall and decorating yourselves with party whilstles and blowers. Once you go through the party streamer filled door you are immediately presented with a timelapse projected onto a large white flag made up of union jack spray painted white flags. The timelapse is of myself and Clair making the installation. There is also a board which we both painted together.
Our description of the installation was:
Sometimes time lost is time well spent. We decided to spend our time having fun.
At times it was a bit touch and go but the Contact Theatre technicians were amazingly helpful, so to were the organisers in making sure we were well fed and watered.
A truely amazing event in which i look forward to the documentation video by Albino Mosquito