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9 February 2018 The Lullaby Directory a work in progress as part of Battersea Arts Centre’s ‘Theatre in the Dark’ season. more info

16-17 March 2019 Our Carnal Hearts at Voorhuit, Ghent. more info

September 2018 Cradle: on being held a new interactive performance for public space commissioned by Liberty Festival.

 

 

Public Selfcare System

First performed at Tempting Failure in London, 23 July 2016. Also performed at the Dublin Live Art Festival, SPILL Festival in Ipswich, Buzzcut Festival in Glasgow, and Compass Festival in Leeds.

Public Selfcare System is a one-to-one performance, a tandem jump into the unknown, direct action, and a masterclass in self-care and the radical act of stopping.

I am an expert in resting in public thanks to a neurological condition that forces me to lie down wherever I happen to be, and stay there until I am well enough to get up again. In order to carry on living we may all have to learn to stop in the middle of the street, in the middle of the day, and rest. Get ahead of the curve, get your training in now.

“Come with me to a place you may have seen, walked past, but never been to. We are going to lie down and have a rest: I will look out for you and look after you. You have right to be here, you have a right to do this. We can do it together.”

Rhiannon’s feature for Exeunt based on the work.

Public Selfcare System is supported by Arts Council England.

Images below are by Julia Bauer and document the performance at Tempting Failure in Croydon, London.

unsaidarchive.com

‘Creates a different kind of approach to most online confessional material, emphasising empathy rather than sensationalism.’ Lyn Gardner,
The Guardian.

The International Archive of Things Left Unsaid is an evolving collection of anonymous testimonies donated by members of the public, which began as a one-to-one performance. The web version was commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and The Space.

‘small moments of defiance that are also celebrations’ Jane Frances Dunlop, Exeunt Magazine.

Each testimony is performed verbatim, and includes binaural beat technology to induce calming brainwaves in the listener. Visitors may browse the Public Index, choose a testimony to listen to, and are then invited to contribute their own. A text-only version is available for those who do not use headphones, and anonymity is guaranteed.

Visit the site at unsaidarchive.com.

Created by Rhiannon Armstrong
Designed by MOTHandRUST
Construct by Rob Grundel and Halo
This is a Battersea Arts Centre production co-commissioned by The Space.

Touring:

In 2016 Rhiannon created a quilt as a physical interface with the web piece, with help from Significant Seams, a Walthamstow-based CIC working with craft as a means of combatting social isolation.

The quilt is made from everyday fabrics such as curtains, jeans, and suit material, and hand embroidered with extracts from the testimonies in the Archive.

In autumn 2016 the quilt toured as part of the Collaborative Touring Network, as a way of bringing unsaidarchive.com to a diverse range of audiences across the UK. Among other places it was installed in a leisure centre in Darlington, an arts centre in Wigan, a cafe in Gillingham, a shopping centre in Gloucester, and a supermarket in Peterborough.

 

Can I Help You?

Can I Help You? toured English towns as part of the Collaborative Touring Network in autumn 2016, including Wigan, Medway, Darlington, Hull, Gloucester, Thanet, Torbay, and Peterborough. 

This public intervention was commissioned by Bonkersfest, for Creative Routes and The South London Gallery. It is presented on an ad-hoc basis wherever and whenever it might be needed.

 

“Been meaning to move that sofa from the basement to the spare room for months, but couldn’t face it alone? 

Not sure what to do about that all important life-changing decision and need a fresh point of view?

Never fear, help is at hand!  I will be available to all for general help from 9.00am to 5.30pm.  I will be stationed at a pelican crossing nearby.  I will be well equipped, with D.I.Y. tools a plenty, sewing kits, philosophical advice, and handcream.

I am the multitool of helping hands!  The performance version of Handy Andy!  Use me while you can!  So go on, buy that extra bag of melons, there’s someone here to help you carry them home!

Regards,

Rhiannon Armstrong

STRONG ARMS, HELPING HANDS..

p.s. Tool belt includes: garbage bags, change for a tenner, pens, paper, a hammer, nails, needle and thread, The Little Book of Calm, a fan, mints, an A-Z.”

Papped, helping people in Camberwell, June 2006.

BONE

“a riot of postmodern museum methodology”  John O’Connell, The Times.

BONE at the Florence Nightingale Museum was created to explore a rich and vital material from an inter-disciplinary perspective.  It was designed to present its contents evenly and accessibly with no one object – be it museum object, artwork, every day item or scientific imagery – prized above another.

Deliberately installed without labels, the exhibition design by Mobile Studio architects and field guide by MOTHandRUST were constructed to provide information as a departure point for the curious rather than as definitive answers, and to encourage audiences to make their own connections and relationships between objects.

A number of “live respondents” who work with bone were in residence throughout the exhibition, adding to the exhibition. They included sculptor George Nuku, taxidermist Amanda’s Autopsies, and artist Sue Palmer.

Press for BONE.

Rhiannon and Simon’s previous show INK.