‘Please can you just hold this… as its christmas’
Performed at Lucky Me, Queens Yard, Hackney Wick for NAVIGATE launch.
Helpers: Nuria Guix and Jasmine Lee.
The audience were invited to stand in a circular stance, becoming identified as a social group or unit. The groups of friends are physically wrapped and joined by different christmas wrapping materials. At first the audience is uncertain, unwilling and sceptical, and possibly feel ridiculous.
In Video 2 people stand swathed in the excessively happy materials they've been forcibly wrapped in, that are in excess in this time of year.
In video 3 you can see once the christmas feel-good tunes chime in, the participants become more willing, swaying to the music, encouraging each other, and chatting and generally transforming the situation. In aim was to physically and visually highlight social connections. Using persuasive, polite, coaxing language and a subtle presence I wanted to slowly change the group dynamics into a unified feel-good christmas disco.