I have this think coming up Catalyst Arts Gallery in Belfast next month and even if you can't make it, you might be interested to read about it. Words below.

In which we prepare for...

How do we prepare ourselves for an unknown future? Sure we can model scenarios and make guesses but we are only ever projecting our understanding of the present? No, not even projecting our understanding - that makes it and is seem far too rational - projecting our fears, desires and other emotional states. Whether it's a world shifting cataclysm or our own personal development maybe this future fantasy that we try to prepare for creates the present as a self fulfilling prophecy. So if someone imagines a future of violent conflict and prepare by creates a heavily fortified, well-stocked compound are they just nudging us towards this social fragmentation? 

How can we answer future questions with today's answers? How can today's education respond to something other than yesterday's industry? How does contemporary arts preoccupation with the apocalypse and post-capitalism mirror that of right-wing peppers? 

What if we go with this and spend two days preparing for something that is unknown and that never comes? Preparing to prepare to prepare...And obviously something comes but perhaps we don't or can't name it.

In concrete terms there are four three hour sessions and in each one will spend some time following preparations and then we will devise preparations for the next session (except in the last session when we'll prepare for the beginning).  We will document all of these as we go in writing and photographs and make a manual. You can come for some or all of the sessions.  The more you attend the more interesting it will be I think.

If you come to the first session you'll be invited to bring an exercise of preparation. We'll try and do them all. Preparation for what? Something mundane, something fun, something scary, something unlikely,  something impossible.  A dance class, a night out, a speech, a meal, a performance, a fight, a birth, a metamorphosis, an exam, a death. As long as it's something we can do at Catalyst in half an hour or less, depending on how many we have. Bring any essential materials. Just don't tell us what is for and we won't try to guess either.  

To register or ask any questions email me at hamishmacpherson.x@gmail.com

And then here are some images from stuff I've been doing in the last few months.

Doomsday is Just Not Coming, part of Bad Vibes Club at CCA, Derry⁓Londonderry. Photo by Sophie Mallet
Non Existent Activity, with Paul Hughes, part of SLAP festival, York. Photo by Joel Porter
Improvising Politics: Out of Touch, part of VOZ RARA, Grand Union, Birmingham.
Let's Play PMQs by Sarah Jury, Rosalie Schweiker and Hamish MacPherson at Open School East, Margate. Photo by Sophie Mallet
Alien Pheonomenology by Hamish MacPherson with Sarah Jury and Nina Runa Essendrop at P{lay Co. Summit, London
Untitled performance research with Antionio de la Fe, Kimberley Harvey and Paul Hughes at Open Choreography Residency Siobhan Davies Studios, London



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