Dates

6 July 2018 The Lullaby Directory a performance of lullabies as part of ‘Handle With Care’ curated by Lois Weaver, at The Wellcome Collection, London.

27-29 June 2018Nocturne (performer) as part of LIFT Festival, London.

21-22 June 2018 – Public Selfcare System taster performances and Strangers in the street presentation as part of Greenwich Docklands International Festival HUB.

17 June 2018 The Field experimental poetry and live music with Tiffany Charrington and Emma Mackilligin, Cafe Oto Project Space, London.

27 May 2018 Strangers in the Street: the gap between who you think you are and who you prove to be, presentation at ‘Between Strangers’ symposium, University of Glasgow and Take Me Somewhere festival.

12 May 2018 – Can I Help You? in Roehampton as part of Wandsworth Arts Fringe’s Errant Stage.

1 May 2018 – The Lullaby Directory a work in progress at The Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick.

14 April 2018 – Anchored a performance lecture as part of ‘Hold Everything Dear: performance, politics and John Berger’, University of Greenwich.

16-17 March 2018 Our Carnal Hearts at Voorhuit, Ghent. more info

9 February 2018 The Lullaby Directory a work in progress as part of Battersea Arts Centre’s ‘Theatre in the Dark’ season. more info

Public Selfcare System

First performed at Tempting Failure in London, 23 July 2016. Also performed at the Dublin Live Art Festival, SPILL Festival in Ipswich, Buzzcut Festival in Glasgow, and Compass Festival in Leeds.

‘Read Rhiannon’s feature article for Exeunt based on the work.

Public Selfcare System is a one-to-one performance, a tandem jump into the unknown, direct action, and a masterclass in self-care and the radical act of stopping.

Croydon, London, 2016 (part of Tempting Failure festival)
Dublin, Ireland, 2017 (part of the Dublin Live Art Festival)

I am an expert in resting in public thanks to a neurological condition that forces me to lie down wherever I happen to be, and stay there until I am well enough to get up again. In order to carry on living we may all have to learn to stop in the middle of the street, in the middle of the day, and rest. Get ahead of the curve, get your training in now.

“Come with me to a place you may have seen, walked past, but never been to. We are going to lie down and have a rest: I will look out for you and look after you. You have right to be here, you have a right to do this. We can do it together.”

Public Selfcare System is supported by Arts Council England.

unsaidarchive.com

‘Creates a different kind of approach to most online confessional material, emphasising empathy rather than sensationalism.’ Lyn Gardner,
The Guardian.

The International Archive of Things Left Unsaid is an evolving collection of anonymous testimonies donated by members of the public, which began as a one-to-one performance. The web version was commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and The Space.

‘small moments of defiance that are also celebrations’ Jane Frances Dunlop, Exeunt Magazine.

Each testimony is performed verbatim, and includes binaural beat technology to induce calming brainwaves in the listener. Visitors may browse the Public Index, choose a testimony to listen to, and are then invited to contribute their own. A text-only version is available for those who do not use headphones, and anonymity is guaranteed.

Visit the site at unsaidarchive.com.

Created by Rhiannon Armstrong
Designed by MOTHandRUST
Construct by Rob Grundel and Halo
This is a Battersea Arts Centre production co-commissioned by The Space.

Touring:

In 2016 Rhiannon created a quilt as a physical interface with the web piece, with help from Significant Seams, a Walthamstow-based CIC working with craft as a means of combatting social isolation.

The quilt is made from everyday fabrics such as curtains, jeans, and suit material, and hand embroidered with extracts from the testimonies in the Archive.

In autumn 2016 the quilt toured as part of the Collaborative Touring Network, as a way of bringing unsaidarchive.com to a diverse range of audiences across the UK. Among other places it was installed in a leisure centre in Darlington, an arts centre in Wigan, a cafe in Gillingham, a shopping centre in Gloucester, and a supermarket in Peterborough.

 

Can I Help You?

Can I Help You? offers free help to passers-by and the general public: there are no plans and no boundaries. Anything goes, the only requirement is that we figure it out together.

Tool belt contents include chewing gum, pain killers, change for a tenner, scissors, nails, string, The Little Book of Calm, happy music, a fan, suncream, umbrella, safety pins, pens etc.

Read ‘Care and Reciprocity‘, an article published in the Scottish Journal of Performance and written with Mel Evans from Liberate Tate, in which experiences performing this work are discussed.

 

Hull, 2016, photo by Jerome Whittingham @photomoments courtsey of Heads Up Hull.

Can I Help You? toured English towns as part of the Collaborative Touring Network in autumn 2016, including Wigan, Medway, Darlington, Hull, Gloucester, Thanet, Torbay, and Peterborough.

Darlington, 2016, photo by Rob Irish, courtesy of Jabberwocky Market

This public intervention was originally commissioned by Bonkersfest, for Creative Routes and The South London Gallery. It is presented on an ad-hoc basis wherever and whenever it might be needed.

BONE

“a riot of postmodern museum methodology”  John O’Connell, The Times.

BONE at the Florence Nightingale Museum was created to explore a rich and vital material from an inter-disciplinary perspective.  It was designed to present its contents evenly and accessibly with no one object – be it museum object, artwork, every day item or scientific imagery – prized above another.

Deliberately installed without labels, the exhibition design by Mobile Studio architects and field guide by MOTHandRUST were constructed to provide information as a departure point for the curious rather than as definitive answers, and to encourage audiences to make their own connections and relationships between objects.

A number of “live respondents” who work with bone were in residence throughout the exhibition, adding to the exhibition. They included sculptor George Nuku, taxidermist Amanda’s Autopsies, and artist Sue Palmer.

Press for BONE.

Rhiannon and Simon’s previous show INK.