Performer:Maker was originally produced to consider the fetishisation of the artist as a labourer; overworked and underpaid.
The artist is romanticised as a Pierrot; the post-modern motif of an eternally suffering fool or artist. Rehearsal and repetition, relentlessly seeking a perfect form.
For this context, I’m building from the remnants of fringe works; the hundreds of flyers distributed across Edinburgh every day. By doing this, the work becomes ode to the ephemerality and value of fringe work. Making a fringe show takes countless resources and heavy endurance; yet remains only in discarded paper littering the streets once the festival leaves the city.
The work is also meditation; a slow repeated action. I softly breathe life into each origami shape. This is an opportunity for me to take the time to sit and breathe for one hour a day amongst the chaos of the fringe. And it is an invitation to audiences to take a couple of moments to pause with me and softly watch my folding.
Taking place in the lobby of Summerhall’s Red Lecture Theatre, the piece will exist both as performance and sculpture. It is a physical artwork activated by performance, and lives on even once the performance has ended.