Saturday, 20 August 2011

2360 MILES: Rope Required

We are currently appealing to organizations and individuals to donate their used and retired rope for a performance we are creating for the Homo Novus (Riga, Latvia), LIFT (London, UK) and Wunderbar Festival (Newcastle, UK), for DISTANCE, this autumn.

Any lengths of
rope that have finished their working life, could new have a new life in this artwork, 2360 Miles Traveled Hand to Heart. Central to our project, which is projected to reach thousands of viewers, will be a large rope installation with donations from our host cities (Riga, London, Newcastle). Each length of rope will be tied end to end to form a scaled representation of 2360 miles (the cumulative distance between the three cities where the performance will be showcased). We require 380 meters of rope in total. This is where you come in.

We are hoping to source rope from climbing centres, theaters, and boatyards like your own. The rope will simply be measured out and coiled, therefore we are able to use rope that is no longer suitable for load-bearing or tethering.

photo for '2360 Miles Traveled Hand to Heart' by Daniel Jardine

In order to start building he piece, we will need the
rope by August 26th, 2011. If you have any lengths of rope that you can spare for our project please let us know via email:, with details of your location and details of the rope (i.e. colour, approximate width and length, etc.) and we will arrange for pick up or drop off at a central location.

For more information on the project, please see below. Feel free to forward to others who may be able to help.

Warm Regards,
Sorrel Muggridge and Laura Nanni

DISTANCE is a mobile performance festival that brokers connections between festivals, artists,
audiences and ideas across the world. It seeks to create new connections between festival
communities by commissioning performances that are developed and experienced across a
network of festivals. This year, DISTANCE connects Homo Novus, LIFT and Wunderbar, 3
festivals located in Riga (Latvia), London (UK) and Newcastle (UK) over a duration of 3 months.
These festivals share an ambition to bring internationally significant artists to their festivals and
create memorable experiences for, and with, their audiences.
DISTANCE uses the physical, temporal and cultural distance between each festival as a starting
point for exploring new ways for artists to make performances in an international context, and to
consider new ways for audiences to experience international performance.
DISTANCE is led by Joon Lynn Goh and Simone Kenyon. In 2010, DISTANCE was established as
an independent festival through a collaboration between Third Party and Stoke Newington
International Airport. This year, DISTANCE goes mobile, with an ambition of forging regional and
international artistic communities.

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