Goitse is a Donegal Irish word meaning ‘Come Here!’ Usually uttered with a sense of urgency, it is nonetheless a warm invitation and a gentle encouragement. Goitse has the kind of informality that assures that acceptance will carry little risk, and probably lead to a bit of craic! This show created a similarly playful invitation to its audience.
The concept for ‘Goitse’ and the ‘Body Response System’ (BRS) were developed by Maria Coleman. This piece sees Emma Meehan improvising with the BRS, with her physical movements triggering live audio and visual responses. Audience interaction and Meehan’s skills in initiating this, is an integral part of the piece, blurring the line between creative and receptive aesthetic experience. Coleman’s system creates a playful, responsive, media playground, functioning as an ‘Open Art Work’, with performer and participating audience members bringing the work into being. The system also worked as an interactive installation post-performance.
This work was part of a series of events curated by Rachel O'Dwyer as part of 'Quantified Self'. Quantified Self was curated by Sheena Barrett at The LAB, Dublin City Council Arts Offices. Full version at vimeo.com/32644183