Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Global Alliance for Justice Education Conference

Why do we underestimate the depth of Youth? I just put on a 4 day Shadow Liberation workshop with students (mostly 1st year students) from Jindal Global Law School to craft this Forum Theatre performance for 200+ audience members, from 50+ countries. We devised the script and rehearsed for 3 days, then put up the show on the 4th, and the performers where reflective and insightful. This cross-cultural show was dynamic because the style of intervention in the forum was so diverse.

In the scene depicting Sexual Harassment: People activated bystanders to interrupt the act, asked the man how his mother would feel, and even one man came and started sexually harassing the perpetrator.

In the scene depicting Domestic Violence: some people chose to have the women assert herself, or have other family members intervene. One man came onstage as the neighbor and confronted the abusive father in a very graceful and warm but still firm manner, it was amazing, really.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Articulations: Live Video mixing for Empowerment

Jacob Camara, of Articulations Electroniques, and I lead this community driven project in which students collected video and still images of diverse people in Bangalore.
The image and video collection process served as a community building activity about how people see themselves reflected in public space. Filming people dancing and celebrating created empowering cultural images as material for live video sets. The collected material was mixed with archival video, and found footage to create video sets that were projected and accompanied by music to reclaim public space. There where two events took place at Rangoli Metro Art Centre and a film screening at Srishti. For more about the process visit the Articulations Blog.