Working with local and international artists SEVEN SITES presented a series of performances and installations in different locations across Manchester and Salford. With one installation or performance occurring each month between September 2011 and March 2012 SEVEN SITES developed as an accumulative collection of diverse encounters.
Inviting artists to occupy the differing environments of a domestic flat, a church hall, a hotel room, a roof top and a comedy club the encounters evolved into playful punctuation marks within everyday routines, disrupting the familiar frameworks of engagement that occur between artworks, audiences and the city.
The diversity of the series encompassed professional and community art, music events, installations and performances. Such diversity magnified the extra-ordinary rhythm of encounters and served as a means to highlight the playfulness within each work. The series further sought to foster an interdisciplinary sharing of knowledge, practice and enjoyment, where audiences were invited to actively participate, whether through witnessing a performance, interacting with artworks and their artists, or undertaking a journey to a given site.
The marketing of SEVEN SITES echoed with the sentiment of a personal invitation, taking the form of a postcard or email detailing simply the time and date of a performance, inviting the audience to undertake a journey that would constitute the beginning of an engagement with the programmed work.
Documentation from each event will be formed into a small publication where the individual works of the series come together as paragraphs within an expansive narrative that encompasses the divergent locations, settings and participants across the two cities.
August Project Launch with Edwina Ashton
October Ordsocs, Salford LIDS
November Sian Robinson Davies
December Amy Feneck
January Giles Bailey
February Antonia Low
SEVEN SITES is a project by Laura Mansfield and Swen Steinhauser. Mansfield and Steinhauser previously collaborated to produce the weekend festival The Doers, The Drifters & The Dreamers, held at Islington Mill in November 2010 www.doersdriftersdreamers.wordpress.com. Their collaboration is centered upon fostering an interdisciplinary sharing of knowledge and pleasure between the practices of theatre, performance and visual art and their respective audiences in Manchester and Salford, staging artworks outside of the established institutional frameworks of the neighboring cities.