Every Day with the Hermit Crabz! A multi disciplinary work by Kate McCarthy.
Brief Project Description
Four hermit crabs have their own show- a sitcom, which explores the fragility of mental health, specifically anxiety, which haunts society in plague proportions, young and old, rich and poor. Exposing anxiety and fronting hard issues with humour and creativity are proven methods to recovery. The set is close and overpowering. The three part series (12 minutes duration, including opening titles and credits) is projected near the set, which has the characters in residence (also a play on ‘artist in residence’), for the audience to watch as the crabs go about their daily business. It is unclear to the audience whether these crabs form a family, a friendship group or workplace environment. They live in the house of the set for the duration of the exhibition, with heating, food, water, salt water baths and all appropriate necessities provided for kind and ethical hermit crab keeping. The crabs will have extra shells to change into in the house set if they wish- another play on artistic creativity and coping methods.