A Fall into Grace I
First exhibited in June 2011 at the Coliseum Theatre Aberdare, the exhibition included a theatrical tableaux depicting a simple imagined love story and alongside these a series of real life love stories recorded by members of the public. These stories included: an overnight encounter on a train just after the war; a tragic tail of betrayal; a first love and an affair on a Mediterranean Island, a young couple tell of falling in love whilst working at Primark, and a tale of childhood sweethearts. The audio stories were available through headphones in the stalls of the auditorium and the stereoscopic tableaux through 3d viewers positioned at the front of the circle and pointing towards the stage with the stage lights set to point back to the audience and the stereoscopes. My aim was to engage the audience in a kind of stream of consciousness about love and invert the prodigious space of the theatre by creating intimate spaces for listening and viewing through the use of headphones and stereo viewers. These would involved the audience in private relationships with the work whilst in this large public setting. The absence of any drama on the stage was counteracted by the audience who seemed as stand in performers as they wandered through the space of auditorium and onto stage.
This work together with the series 310 was exhibited as part of the symposium: performance, pleasure, photography staged at University of Newport Wales 2012
The exhibition Performance, Pleasure, Photography explored the work of two artists; Dawn Woolley and Jackie Chettur whose works challenge the senses, utilising colour, space, and performance to entice the viewer into a more active role. The fixed-point perspective of the camera is up-ended through staged tableaux and stereoscopic stories which play with visual and psychological games.