no man’s land 2012

no man’s land (no capitals) 11 November 2012

10 London underground tube stations and disused Eurostar at Waterloo Duration: 3 hours

For forth annual platform-7 Remembrance day tppl the event in a different direction. The company wanted to test an assumption, formed during the cemetery events that there is a growing appetite for alternative ways of approaching Remembrance and whether an apathy reigns amongst many people towards this period of the year?

no man’s land (Capitals removed) took place across central London underground stations & disused Eurostar terminal at Waterloo mainline on Remembrance Sunday 11th November 2012.

From 11.03am, across 10 tube stations, 10 musicians, 10 poets and 10 filmmakers, and in 1 iconic landmark (Eurostar terminal) joining this island to a continent were 10 sculptures, creating 11 live simultaneous performances throughout central London.

This one-off live event invited the public to consider why we all hold the opinion we do on conflict and war. 7-months in the preparation this project was deliberately blighted with bureaucracy, boundaries and barriers to reflect the issues that were rife before the ourbreak on WWI. The performances reflected on how society functions, how events unfold, how the actions of the individual ripple out.

The event worked from a premise that 100 years ago life for many in the West was developing even faster than today,* invention and innovation were creating opportunity, optimism and anticipation, yet society was walking blindly towards a gathering storm, a storm nobody could ever have imagined.

The event was part one of two experimental mass interventions exploring public reaction, the second, Silent Cacophony, part took place in 2013 across more than 30 London streets, other English towns and internationally.

* click here to see the poem behind this statement describe by t.s. elliot as one of the greatest pieces of english literature

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