Each Week, Abigail Grimstad, TheatreMaker.ie’s Social Media Manager looks at the posts on social media that caught her attention.
Welcome. As we approach June, although it somehow seems like we’ve just left March, I’m thinking a lot about time. There’s been barely any middle ground for me…I either feel like it’s passing at the speed of light, or the speed of a snail. But that can’t be right. That’s not how time works.
“Monotony collapses time; novelty unfolds it. You can exercise daily and eat healthily and live a long life, while experiencing a short one. If you spend your life sitting in a cubicle and passing papers, one day is bound to blend unmemorably into the next—and disappear.”
– Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, by Joshua Foer.
A few weeks ago I came across The MAC Belfast’s Instagram page and was delighted by the posts from artist Michael Hanna’s project, A Living Colour Index. Each week, the artist bathes his living space in a different colour, moving from red to violet. It immediately reminding me of the ghastly shade of green I painted my bedroom at in my late teens, which I thought would bring happiness and calm, and in reality probably set me more on edge than I needed to be.
Infusing every inch of one’s living space with the same colour is a genius way to separate the weird lockdown days from becoming a blur of time passing. And while I’m sure we’re all hoping we’ll have something to show for this at the end of it all, perhaps if we can find ways to keep the blurring of time from happening, that’ll be small step to making this time mean something greater.
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"In the book's eponymous first essay come its most famous lines: Brakhage urges the reader to 'imagine an eye unruled by man-made laws of perspective' and asks, 'How many colours are there in a field of grass to the crawling baby unaware of 'Green'?' Both language itself and Western pictorial conventions, he implies, rigidly police our perception. Years before the ascent of apparatus theory, Brakhage indicated the monocular perspective of the camera lens and deemed the 'absolute realism' of the film image a myth in need of assailment." ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Erika Balsom (2018) On Stan Brakhage's Metaphors on Vision, Artforum⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Green Wednesday⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #ALivingColourIndex is a 49 day online project by @michael_hanna__ with @themacbelfast. For more information see link in bio.
I would be remiss if I didn’t give you all a peak into my blog writing soundtrack for this lovely May day. Northern Ireland Opera hosted an online concert on the 25th May, and it is available to watch on Youtube. A beautiful selection of classical pieces performed by some of Northern Ireland most distinguished performers, in a tribute to the frontline, essential, and NHS workers.
Thank you to the superb musicians who took part and brought #AtHomeForHeroes to life, and to @musoman74 and @ByElephant for putting it all together. Watch here: https://t.co/HvTXmImQFY pic.twitter.com/FiwTUrakIr
— NorthernIrelandOpera (@NIOpera) May 26, 2020
I don’t know if my neighbours enjoyed it as much as I have, but huge thanks to Northern Ireland Opera for hosting this fabulous event. And huge thanks to the essential, front-line staff and medical professionals, who are putting themselves at risk everyday.
The lovely people at Dublin Fringe Festival just announced their activities for the month of June. With their usual ‘Elevenses’ moved online, as well as one-on-ones to talk through scripts or ideas, skill-sharing conversations, movement and text workshops, the Fringe team has really created some great opportunities for artists and Theatre Makers.
We're announcing our bumper line-up of activity for June at FringeLAB with amazing sessions available with our Resident…
Check out https://www.fringefest.com for more information.
If you’re finding yourself a little jaded at the sheer amount of online content to be digested, I understand. Spending so much more time in front of screen now, I rarely want to sit in front of one in my down-time. But, if you find yourself in the mood for viewing, this trio of productions supported by Culture Ireland is on my weekend viewing list. Give them a watch and let me know what you think! It’ll be like chatting in the pub after a show, only, it won’t be in a pub.
You can watch from your home three outstanding productions supported by @culture_ireland for presentation abroad
The Wolf and Peter by @CoisCeim
The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly by @TheatreLovett
Waiting for Godot by @garestlazare
— Culture_Ireland (@culture_ireland) May 26, 2020
There we have it, take a listen, have a watch, join a conversation, pick a colour and go for it. TIme is a precious thing, and it really is our most valuable resource. Find ways to make the days special, and you’ll thank yourself when the memories of this time are that much more vivid.
What colour do you associate with your favourite memories?
As always, take care of yourself and others.