make-shift is a unique live networked event where two ordinary houses are not only telematically connected, but are firmly engaged in the collaborative co-authoring of an event that discursively explores shared concerns around the global consequences of domestic politics. Screen-based media, physical performance and audience engagement are combined to create a magical theatrical experience. It is a light-footed and adaptable event that uses found household objects, recycling rubbish and internet technologies to discursively explore shared concerns around the global consequences of domestic politics.
The work happens simultaneously between two domestic houses and a bespoke online performance space that is freely available for anyone with a broadband connection to access. Performers Paula Crutchlow and Helen Varley Jamieson (one in each house) broker interaction between the local and remote audiences in the format of a performative salon. Moments of scripted and visually poetic performance are interspersed with webcam videography, digital imagery, avatar puppetry and audience participation, giving each audience a voice through audio-visual streaming and online chat. The online screen space is projected in each house as part of the on-site scenography. What is written in the chat is thus not just side commentary but a direct intervention which affects the reading and meaning of the work.
make-shift is a house party, a chat room, a slide show and a performance process. We perform in English, sometimes with live translation into the host house native language. We are beginning to explore different relational ways of translating between non-English speaking audiences to question the role of English as the lingua franca of the event.