On a clear day you can see for ever

Mike Brookes, Rosa Casado

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

Abstract

‘On a clear day you can see for ever’ realised a new large-scale interventional live art work, publicly performed as a suite of five consecutive performance episodes, within the context of an major international contemporary performance programme and auditorium. The work was commissioned and produced by Teatre Nacional de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, and performed June 15th-19th 2022.

The project builds on the authors’ longstanding research and expertise in located, multi-site and intermedial public art practices; as well their recent and ongoing research into the performance of place, performance as place, and the consideration and activation of extended and multiple scales place through performance. The resulting public performance event realised and presented significant further developments of the research and creative approached initiated through the related project work Brookes and Casado undertook in Chile and Spain across 2019 – culminating in the first exploratory presentation of aspects of this research, under the working title ‘The sky was clearer in those days’.

‘The sky was clearer in those days’ took the public dismantling of a used family car, into its smallest possible components, as the central and defining structural act of the work – a task that the authors and their collaborators undertook over an intense five-day period, within a stripped out and reconfigured occupation of the venue’s main studio theatre space. Across this period the work was presented as a series of five distinct large-scale public performance episodes, each offering a distinct phase of the car’s progressive deconstruction – and each using addition media and textual work to provide an additional frame and possible perspective onto the issues and connection revealed or arising through that act of deconstruction. The work was realised in collaboration with local mechanics, and a cast of local young performers.

Research questions include:
How might established processes of artistic intervention and located performance begin to both address and perform their locale at multiple and expanded scales, to consider and reveal the wider landscapes and ecologies they act within?
How might a single artistic act or image be activated to reveal or operate within multiple scales of its location simultaneously?
In what ways might the disassembly of a modern human-made object, if broken down into all its separate components, begin to reveal the scale of spatial and temporal connections that were needed to bring it together?
In what ways might such an act of disassembly, done and presented publicly, expand our understanding of how much our daily actions and interactions increasingly blur the differences between what is local and what is global, and the extent to which things that happen in one place are also part of what is happening everywhere else?
How might an artistic event allow and enable direct and shared public encounters with such an expanded and expanding sense of place?
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022

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  • ZIP

    Mike Brookes (Presenter)

    15 Jun 202219 Jun 2022

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventFestival or Exhibition

  • NAVE

    Mike Brookes (Presenter)

    31 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventFestival or Exhibition

  • DUOC UC

    Mike Brookes (Presenter)

    22 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventFestival or Exhibition

  • NAVE

    Mike Brookes (Visiting researcher)

    08 Mar 201901 Jun 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

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