Riga hosts Lynnette Moran’s residency

Irish director, performance maker and creative arts producer Lynnette Moran is in residence in Riga between August 21st – September 3rd, 2012, developing a project in collaboration with Irish dance artist, Emma O’Kane, as well as six local artists who have joined them in the studio and ten international artists contributing online. The final presentation of the residency will be on September 2nd, 2012, 19:00 on Noass.

Lynnette Moran Presents: Together We Say Hey (working title) a work-in-progress
Lynnette is researching and developing a contemporary live performance piece that will come to full fruition in Spring 2013. The final work will consist of a cast of trained dancers, live artists and performance makers. The work itself will be a live performance piece suitable for presentation in both white spaces and theatre spaces. Beginning with the ‘city’ as a point of research, in relation to centralised areas, ideological epicenters, and the socio-political ecology/architecture of the city. While also examining the notion of the ‘local’ in our contemporary society and digitised world, where the ‘local’ is just one click away as opposed to only existing in our immediate physical surroundings. Communication and travel networks mean we ‘undo’ time and space, but through this disruption we create new pockets of time and space that before never existed. From this the question is posed, what becomes possible?

Riga has had a significant impact on the work and Lynnette’s logic for being resident here has extended through the work. She is interested in how individuals and society negotiate city spaces. How the socio-political framework of the city informs the cultural environment both ideologically and physically. Part of the work is preoccupied with how socio-political & cultural frameworks of cities relate or collide with the society occupying that city and how this manifests in the bodies of individuals and collective groups.

‘I think the city is still the future of humanity… of course the information era may relieve such phenomena but for the sake of efficiency and due to the extent of humanity’s craziness people can’t live without the city’ Ai Weiwei interviewed by Hans Ulrich Obrist; Sustainability – A Post-Olympic Interview; Penguin; 2011

News stations broadcast daily reports of uprising whereby people occupy, populate and maneuver using their bodies as mass declarations of solidarity and defiance – human bodies become shields in battles against the socio-political fallouts from our ever-decreasing reserves, both in populated groups and in individual acts of heroic declaration.

Together We Say Hey examines how we continue to identify ideological epicenters both within the locality of our surroundings; the city and infrastructure, as well as within our physical bodies and in our sense of self. What is this dynamic of physical memory, genetic blueprints that live in the fiber of our body tissue and how do they guide us to the future? How does the landscape of the city and the body inter-relate and what is our intellectual purpose in that relationship?

This work tries to look at how we as people and bodies in space negotiate the city in its entirety both socially and politically. What is the relationship of the body to the city when it is displaced, separated, dislocated, refused entry – what becomes of the future when access to the ideological epicentre is in jeopardy?