Ever wondered how it’d feel to be one of the most majestic animals on the planet? The kind of noble beast who always travels First Class (Freight)? Handle With Care will transform you into a globe-trotting king of the jungle.
Gather your pride, be bold, and step inside!
Handle With Care is a three-minute interactive experience, installed inside a wardrobe.
The wardrobe interior is dressed as the inside of a shipping crate, and audiences (particpants?) are encouraged to imagine that they are a lion, arriving at its destination after a long international flight, and giving them the opportunity to ROAR!
Gently exploring confidence and presence, children can unleash their (amplfied) roars in a public space, while feeling safely hidden and anonymous within the privacy of the wardrobe/shipping crate.
Created for families and KS1/2 children as part of KIT Theatre‘s Wardrobe Adventure, Handle With Care was initially installed in the foyer of Birmingham Rep before touring to community libraries around the West Midlands.
I conceived, scripted and designed the piece, which featured the recoreded voices of Rochi Rampal, Graeme Rose and Jacob Rose, with sound design by Lewis Gibson.
Photo © Ben Pacey 2015 and Claire Browne 2016
Currently in development, Here Massive Troposphere is inspired by the natural world, digital culture, and spending too much time alone.
As an indroduction to the piece, I made a short interactive online trailer using Twine. You can play with it, here: bit.ly/troposphere
In collaboration with Lucy Ellinson, Lewis Gibson, Jane Packman, Jess Parfitt, andRich Warburton, I presented work-in-progress performances at Theatre in the Mill, Bradford, and mac, Birmingham in 2014; and at Camden Peoples Theatre in 2015.
The image is collaged from Creative Commons licensed images.
Mister Volder Goes To The City is an exhibition which I made in collaboration with artist Rebecca Hurst.
Working in response to my short story of the same name, we used digital pin-hole photography, lo-fi cardboard constructions and studio lighting to create a series of atmospheric, ambiguous images.
The exhibition included five large images, a short animation, a book containing the story and our images, and a small section of the 3D cardboard city we’d used in the photographs.
We also gave away postcards inviting members of the public to have a go at being creative with their phones or digital cameras, and to email the images they made back to us. These images were then added to a digital display within the exhibition and an online blog.
The exhibition ran at mac Birmingham from 11th November 2012 – 20th January 2013. It was commissioned by mac Birmingham, and funded by Arts Council England.
Photo © Chris Keenan 2012
I wanted to share my article It’s Not Feasible, It’s Vital which was published recently on the mid*point website. It’s a continuation of, and a response to, a conversation from an open space event in June 2011.
Continue reading It’s Not Feasible, It’s Vital
I collaborated as an artist, writer and lighting designer on this site-specific performance installation, which was created in an empty shop unit within Birmingham’s Mailbox shopping centre.
Photo © Chris Keenan 2006