At home in Gaza and London
In partnership with Artsadmin, Pressure Cooker Arts is co-producing At Home in Gaza and London, a Station House Opera performance project that uses digital technologies to bring together the lives of people in locations separated by great political, economic and physical divides. By using a mix of live-streaming and recorded video, a single performance space is created where artists work together. They occupy each other's homes, streets and other social spaces to share their everyday behaviour and concerns, as they dissolve into each other or become ghostly protagonists in the drama.
Adapting the simple video technologies available in places with limited internet or technical resources, At Home in Gaza and London opens a new way for artists to engage with each other across the world, allows audiences to participate and meet, and presents a direct and personal response to the problems of Gaza and its isolation.
Having established a strong team and tested video techniques during a two-week residency in January - as part of the Digital Utopia initiative sponsored by LIFT, Watermans Arts Centre and Somerset House - we are currently raising funds for a four-week research and development workshop from October-November 2016. The workshop will focus on developing the participants's stories and interactions for a full production in Gaza and London in 2017/18.
Psychosocial photography project in gaza
Working in partnership with Nawa for Culture and Arts Association (NCAA) in Deir al Balah, we are piloting a series of educational/psychosocial photography workshops for children in Gaza from the ages of 10-15.
Experience highlights the need for international aid to go beyond delivering food, water and shelter and ensuring a child’s physical safety. There is not only an urgent need for psychosocial support for children, but also for investing in innovative projects that work closely with local grass-roots organisations and communities.
These workshops are designed to help young participants to rebuild meaning, coherence and self-continuity; to relieve stress, and to limit the development of further complications, while also addressing interpersonal, family, social and cultural issues.
The aim is to establish a framework that can be run by local photographers/facilitators and youth trained in subsequent years, ensuring greater ownership, transfer of skills and a path to sustainability over time.
We're hugely grateful to the Network for Social Change for their generous contribution in support of the project. However, the project is not yet fully funded; please click on the button below to make a donation.
APACE - Access for Palestinians: Arts, Culture and Education
Arts, culture and education have a special role to play in strengthening resilience and opening a space to address problems creatively. Yet, Palestinian arts projects and educational exchanges are being scuppered because getting materials, people and artwork across borders is being blocked.
Pressure Cooker Arts is establishing a UK action group to provide a platform for people working on Palestinian arts, culture and education projects to share their experiences, to assess the scale of the problem and to produce a report documenting delays or denials of entry of Palestinians and UK citizens by the Israeli and UK authorities.
We are extremely grateful for the support of The Clark Charitable Trust, which is enabling us to begin work on the first phase of the project.
Pressure Cooker Arts is supporting a musical collaboration between Palestinian composer, Habib Shehadeh, British composer, Nigel Osborne, and British Mezzo sopranist, Lore Lixenburg. Their latest project explores the musical crossroads of pre-Renaissance Western music and the musical exchanges in Andalusia during the medieval period, using poetry and an interpretation of the music through a contemporary perspective.
Part musicological research, part creative composition, this project aims to fuse historical and contemporary compositional and performance elements from medieval Spain, and the influence of Arab music on Western music, to create a new, ground-breaking musical genre. As such, it hopes help to elucidate theories about the cultural exchange that took place in medieval Andulusia and create through contemporary song cycles another fusion of Eastern and Western musical styles and techniques.
If you'd like to learn more, get involved or support our work, we'd love to hear from you.