SOD OFF – Stories Of District & Of Family & Friends
Creative archiving of lives in London through social arts practice
Oxford, San Francisco, LA, Tijuana, Mexico City
Illuminate explores the question ‘what are our riches?’ – what we consider to be our riches and the communities, families and strangers we share these with. Through one to one participatory occurance, illuminate seeks to offer a space and arena where audiences can withdraw to reflect and contemplate and to feel honoured. Using copper crowns inscribed with participants words, an exchange is called upon through the chanting of questions, the touch of a hand and a moment of meeting.
Would you be willing to share these meaningful things with a stranger?
These conductive-copper, thinking crowns have been inscribed by artists, teachers, lawyers, parents, brothers, sisters and being alike – with words that are alive, words that are in movement, who’s exchange is for free and for freedom.
Your head is worthy of a crown
Come let us share our riches together.
“Illuminate engaged nearly all my senses: the smell of the straw on entering the social sculpture exhibition space signalled the earthy warmth waiting to be experienced: the touch of the copper band and Nicole’s hands: the sound of Nicole’s rich chanting voice: the aesthetically pleasing display of copper crowns on wooden coat-hangers> the latter was complemented by the straw: the perfect setting for an almost bovine skeleton of copper crowns.
The experience itself invited the participant to consider the riches they had to offer. Not only was the process extremely moving, it too possessed “richness”. Nicole’s ability to create a sacred atmosphere during the experience to complement the sculpture’s ‘set’ was am essential part of illuminate. If offered the participant quiet, intimate, reflective time in a primitive, stripped-back environment. I was invited to add my own words to a copper crown, which i did.
I enjoyed and benefitted from the illuminate experience, I did it twice. Each time I valued the opportunity to step out of the busyness of life in order to enjoy some reflection. I thought this piece was excellently devised.”
ELEANOR LOWE– Senior Lecturer of Drama – Oxford Brookes University
“For me the performance started before even entering the room, with Nicole gently leading me through the corridors. It was like a kind of invitation, a welcome gesture. As Nicole held my hands and sang I felt valued and I was reminded of the values that really matter in life. In among all the rush of the busy afternoon, I had the privilege to stop and reflect about the generosity that makes worthwhile and my role in this picture. “
KESIA RODRIGUEZ – Concert Pianist