People Working Interviews/ The Conferring Series/ SafeUnsafe
Led by Heni, we conducted a series of interviews exploring different ways of engaging people in conversation around questions posed to particular working communities.
Where does hard work lead?
who cares if you are working well?
how do you know when to stop working?
what does working look like?
We wanted to make links with a range of working environments, like a social anthropologist - but to explore creative and performative ways of conducting interviews, sharing the interview space, listening to people's lives, explaining our work and collecting data responses from people.
Over 30 formally held interviews were conducted with people including, a firefighter, a council cleaner, an arts marketing manager, a caretaker, security guard, dancers, fishing rod maker haberdasher, etc
OUR work was always a subject of enquiry and confusion, it being intangible, seemingly without purpose, invisible, almost impossible and yet highly addictive. We were searching for meeting points of understanding in amonst the often gaping chasms of awkwardness and incomprehension about what makes people tick.
Interview material was used as food for audio scores in Hinterview and in several experiemental solo performance activities by Heni, including Safe/Unsafe 2009/10, The Box Office Woman 2009 and Heni in the shop 2009 and performances on the 2008 residency programme, Choreoroam, run by The Place, Opera Estate Festivla veneto, and Dansateliers Rotterdam
Heni in the shop
Chinese medicine shop - Woburn Walk as part of Touch Wood, The Place 2009