At Glenferrie Station commuters were encouraged to play, explore and connect with each other at five participatory activities. The activities aimed to create pathways from private to public through highlighting happenings in a transient space.
Crush Candy: A reinvention of Candy Crush, the game app, involving three participants. Each participant was given one of three matching bright objects and asked to complete the set by finding and connecting with the others. The question was then revealed, ‘What do the three of us have in common?’
Shuffle: Have you ever wondered what people are listening to in their headphones? The public had the opportunity to play their music on portable boom-boxes for all to hear. The project artists and the participant together created performative responses to the music ranging from Beyonce moves to simply sitting and listening.
Strange not Strange : A facilitated encounter for two strangers in the form of a 3.5-minute instructional audio work. Movement, language and touch were explored in this creative, and somewhat kooky, meet and greet.
Yawn : Part portraiture, part participatory event, this activity looked at the contagious nature of a yawn and its possible link to empathy. Yawn included the making and screening of a short film that was accumulated over the duration of the installation.
Stories at the station : A verbatim soundtrack created onsite with people at the station. Interviewees were invited to tell a story about a time they connected with a stranger.
“It was good to see the content of In-ya-ear encourage cultural diversity and involvement in promoting a sense of community. The work was also amusing and enlightening” Chris Fletcher, Stakeholder Communications Manager, Metro Trains Melbourne
In-ya-ear @ Glenferrie Station Trailer
Yawn @ Glenferrie Station
Lead Artist/Performer: Renae Shadler
Collaborator: Rebecca Jensen
Sound Design: Robert Jordan
Graphic Design: Riccardo Ciriani / Thomas Murator
Site Co-ordinator: Cameron Stewart
Performer: Alicia Beckhurst
Yawn inspired by Virginia Francia
Photography: Pippa Dodds
11am-2pm, 25-28 February 2015
This presentation was supported by Boroondara City Council in partnership with Swinburne University.