< Exploring new forms of site-specific stillness
My book chapter, Performing Stillness, was developed from a period of artistic action-research. In 2008, I undetook a ACE funded (Arts Council) research project (with Katie Doubleday, Open City) in Yokohama, Japan, entitled Interrogating New Methods for Public Participation in Site Specific Projects, that investigated the affective capacity of different speeds and intensities of individual pedestrian activity in the public realm. Within this project, we explored how performed stillness and slowness could operate as tactics for rupturing or disrupting the homogenized flow of authorized and endorsed patterns of public behaviour. Through action-research workshops and instructions publicly distributed on two newly produced postcards (No.7 and No.8), Open City invited various individuals to take part in a series of choreographed participatory interventions – journeys, guided walks, assemblies – and the staging of collective actions that echoed the visual vocabulary of certain stilled social rituals such as memorials or protests. Whilst in Yokohama, Katie and I participated and presented as part of the Dislocate festival symposium, Constructing Places, during which we staged a participatory workshop exploring the performance of collective stillness using ipod technology.