Way From Home

Myers, Misha and Harris, Dan (2004) Way From Home. Performance Research, 9 (2). pp. 90-91. ISSN 0-415-34738-6

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Abstract / Summary

In ‘way from home’ Myers developed a performative mechanism that created a space for creative and critical dialogue, exchange, reflection and expression of different perspectives and experiences of home, belonging and inhabitation at this contemporary moment. The performative mechanism involved a set of instructions for a process of walking, mapping and wayfinding, and invited inhabitants of Plymouth who are refugees and asylum seekers to map a route from a place they considered home to a nearby ‘special place’ that they visited often. Following these maps as a guide, the mapmakers then transposed the landmarks of the city to their maps of home through walking and dialoguing with a partner.

A series of these walks was documented through various media and included in a multi-media interface conceived by Myers and technically designed by Dan Harris and limbomedia. This digital work was commissioned by and published in Performance Research. The set of instructions for the walk was included in ‘Performance Research’ as an insert, along with a two-page spread co-authored with Harris introducing the project and contextualising the work and the questions the project poses about home and belonging. Research and development of the interface were supported by an ACE grant, and involved a workshop at ‘A Sense of Place’ (British Council, 2003). The interface was the basis of a successful bid for an AOL ‘Innovation in the Community Award’ for the refugee support organisation ‘Refugees First’. Audio recordings of the walks were broadcast on BBC Radio Devon over a week during the morning, midday and evening news.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: 10.1080/13528165.2004.10872017
Additional Information: This work (article with insert and DVD) was commissioned by Performance Research for inclusion in its ‘Bodiescapes’ issue (eds. Peter Boenisch, Ric Allsopp).
ISBN: 0-415-34738-6
ISSN: 0-415-34738-6
Depositing User: Misha Myers
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2014 14:26
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 16:03
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/491

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