Entering the Room, by Anders Duckworth
‘These fragments I have shored against my ruins’ TS Eliot
BELONGING(s), the site sensitive piece which premiered in 2015, has morphed and been reinvented to create Constructions of Thin Air.
From the very beginning of the process of making BELONGING(s), this line from The Wasteland has kept coming to my thoughts, perhaps because of the derelict landscapes we were traversing and working in. In BELONGING(s) we took the audience on a journey both literally and metaphorically. The piece touched on themes of migration and seeking refuge and perhaps this quote was most relevant as we all entered a wasteland carrying our (mostly cardboard) possessions with us. Holding on to things too strongly makes them break.
Contained in a theatre, Constructions of Thin Air, I think recasts the intimation of migration to be replaced with a sense spaces record the passing of time changing our relationships and attachments, all the traces of which our minds can relive when prompted by a photograph, a smell, a room.
This record of time etched on the skin of the walls reminds me very much of Rachel Whiteread’s casts of rooms, revealing the accretion of peoples lives. To make her sculptures the rooms have to be destroyed and so in Constructions of Thin Air the rooms fall apart revealing fragments of memory, walls that become windows into the past or borders between countries.
Working with Tilted Productions for the past three years has made me realise how we embed objects with significance, meaning and memories. They become portals into other worlds. Work with cardboard with its unpredictable and unstable nature is a huge challenge but there a poetry in the way it wears and degrades as you work with it always changing, always alive.