A Performance Fiction project by AAS
The Other Place is both a collective space of thought or dreams, and the space of the future or potential, as well as the collaborative process that produces those ideas.
In this project, we re-interpreted our surroundings to produce situations in which social interaction and an extended relationship with a location transformed it into a social space. Using chance and myth-making to access unexpected possibilities, we created a space that was being constantly reconfigured but, is above all, a collective space.
Residency at New Art Gallery Walsall,
October 2010 – January 2011
During the residency we used The Cage, based in the artist’s studio, to carry out a series of experiments to explore and create The Other Place. Participants could join this game at any point, letting it intersect with and change their everyday lives as much as they wished.
Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, September 2010
Inspired by the dérives of the Lettrist and Situationist Internationals, we searched for the city beneath the city. Using a combination of I Ching readings and the Paranoid-Critical Method, we explored randomly selected parts of central Manchester with participants, to reveal hidden meanings. Listen to audio document
Workshops & Online Participation throughout August 2010
Live Event Cannon Hill Park, 28th & 29th August 2010
Drawing on the kinds of collective myth-production that created historical notions of changelings, we developed a group of animal ‘avatars’, which could be inhabited by different people. These enabled us to respond the geography, ecology and folklore of the site with new eyes, opening them up to new, otherwise unattainable, experiences. View video
Workshop and Video
Birmingham Museum Collection Centre, July – August 2010
Working with school pupils, we to invented and developed stories about the archives at the Museums Collections Centre. These mythologies were then re-performed to camera, by existing Other Place participants.
Participatory Residential Project
The Event, Birmingham City Centre, November 2009
An experiment in cooperative, communal living and becoming-strange of the individual, leading up to a five-day residential project, where groups used schizo-productive fabulation to find portals to The Other Place.
8 & 9 November 2008 Cultural Quarter, Leicester.
Audience participatory, urban walk
Dérive based, group story making, oneiro-geographic project commissioned as part of the DOT Arena Festival. Participants followed a trail around the city, interpreting events through a set of four different scenarios.