The Shelter

The Shelter is an interdisciplinary collaboration combining live drawing in Japanese ink and a multi-voiced verbatim performance.  The show reflects contemporary life around city-centre bus shelters in Aberdeen.  Sound and sight give different perspectives on the city’s bus shelters through a gradual accumulation of Japanese ink brush strokes and repeated snippets of ever-growing conversations. The Japanese ink drawings unfold on a screen through a projector and interact with the narrative on a live stage performed by writer Shane Strachan. The Shelter was originally developed as a live stage performance with support from the National Theatre of Scotland and Aberdeen Performing Arts and performed at the Lemon Tree in April 2018.  The hustle and bustle of voices (the Scots language and its plurality of accents, and multitude of other languages) is mixed with the constant movement of the visual image. The individual scenes of the show are also transformed into audio-visual installations for a gallery environment. The work offers a multi-disciplinary and multi-platform experience. It brings attention to the art of live drawing and highlights drawing’s dynamic capacity with other artforms.

Just a bairn (in red), Live Stage Drawing Performance
Just a bairn (in red), Live Stage Drawing Performance
The Shelter, Japanese Ink
The Shelter, Japanese Ink
Just a bairn (in orange), Japanese ink
Just a bairn (in orange), Japanese ink
The Shelter, At the Lemon Tree, April 2018, Aberdeen
The Shelter, At the Lemon Tree, April 2018, Aberdeen

 

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