Feedback and Evaluation

  • a different style of performance – stylised
  • movement was slick and well rehearsed
  • strong and intentional performance
  • simplicity made it strong
  • well choreographed
  • lent itself well to the space
  • good choice of words to tell narrative
  • small people disappeared into the outside environment


  • all three worked well together and helped to for a narrative
  • Areas to think about  for the future – practicalities of real life, the importance of a design to be able to perform, its not just about your work, its about the person you are.


The Performance

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Riot – exploring the fabric

How should the fabric perform?

is it an explosion? or does it bubble more like lava

We discussed how to perform the fabric, we agreed that it should take on the characteristics of the riot. WE thought that this movement was most like lava, starting lowly and gathering momentum until it is unstoppable.

When we started to experiment with the fabric we realised that we didn’t have much control over the manipulation once the fabric had been revealed. This made us reconsider our performance.


The words seemed to take on more significance than we had first thought and we felt that we needed to incorporated them through are interaction with the fabric.

I led the group in experimenting with creating a stylised performance exploring the quotes on the fabric. We all added our own ideas about how to communicate the text to the audience, using techniques that stylised the communication of the quotes to the audience.

Story Board:

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Riot Project – the build

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Layout1When I drew the design in auto Cad I had to consider how we would build it. It was at this point that I started to think practically realising that the mass would need to come apart in order to fit through doors and be transported. I decided that the best way to make it come apart was to split it in half so that the top could come off, and the join would be less visible.

Riot project – the design

Our ideas came together quite quickly. We all drew something very similar to my first drawing and brought our ideas together to create my second drawing. after trying to model the drawing we soon realised that is would be extremely difficult to create and would have the effect of a dense mass that we wanted.

We then considered scale, and started to think about how we could create a mass, this led us to think about the similarities of a riot of people and an ant hill. Using this concept I wanted to push how we could make the cart transform into the beast made from the people.

We started to design a shape based on the ant hill with a performer underneath that moved, making the small scale people attached move – creating a beast.

I was really interested in how the 3 carts would work together and what the narrative of the overall performance would be, so after talking to the other groups I realised that our cart would need to ‘perform’ last as it was a representation of the riot itself. With this in mind I returned to my original idea of using fabric to create the beast.

Through my drawings and creating a model with the group we started to think about what the fabric should be and how it related to the ant hill idea. We decided that the fabric should come out of the people, as the beast came from the mass of human beings.

Riot Project – group idea


We want to use this quote to inspire our performance. I think I capture the atmosphere of the riot and creates some really strong images. It is also the quote that inspired my initial ideas in the workshop with Tim Hill. I am really interested in how we can create something that has human form with the capability to transform into a wild beast.

Research links

Human figure – I love how Gormely created figures from metal, there is a sense of stillness yet they are filled with life.






Possibilities of fabric

I think fabric would be an interesting way to create the transformation into beast, it would create a contrast to the vast mass that we have discussed, and will bring as fluidity and movement that we can use to make our piece perfomative.

Carlie Trosclair pours fabric down walls - Wildfox inspiration for artists - Inspiration for artists from Wildfox CoutureShinique Smith - Bale variant no 0017, 2009. Hand-dyed clothing, fabric, binding and wood.  72 x 52 x 52 inches.Emily Ann Nachison‘s fiber art installation reminiscent of fresh snow, or a stage set for a winter fairy tale.    Emily used netting, camouflage netting, latex paint, spray paint, crystals, zip ties, and string.