8 October, 2020
Moira Finucane's new work I Miss You Antarctica is being developed as part of the Take Over! 2020 program, where independent artists have undertaken digital residencies from home during lockdown in the lead up to their presentation at Melbourne Fringe. During her residency, Moira asked audiences to create their own penguin made from materials they had in their homes. Little did we know what positive effects these lovingly crafted penguins would go on to make in the world.
Moira is renowned for her visceral work, and in these distancing times she didn’t give up on that. Plumbing the depths of her lockdown experience, this work stitched live exhibition to immersive theatre. With an audience via Zoom, the compelling At Home Residency Showing explored grief, loss, isolation, stark beauty, deep time, ice melting and hope – all at epic scale. The audience was invited into an imagined Antarctica, the only place on Earth with no permanent human habitation, to imagine a future together. Attendees were asked to bring along a paper penguin of their own creation, a drink on the rocks and a bowl of ice…
It’s a poetic fairytale; not just a list of all the things we’ve lost, but a story about the power of a vision of hope.
Fifteen Trees allows people to reduce their carbon footprint by planting trees on their behalf. Moira’s captive audience was surprised by a commitment from the organisation to plant one tree for every penguin in attendance at the Zoom event. Not only will a staggering 150 trees be planted as a consequence of this work, I Miss You Antarctica brought people together virtually with a powerful moment that showed how arts audiences can move forward together with kindness and hope.
In fairy stories small kindnesses and small cruelties have epic consequences. So too in real life.
View just some of the lovingly created paper penguins here:
Delightful and magical and new
Keep pushing people to do good things and thank you so much
A unique partnership between Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Fringe, this year’s program featured an array of fearless and unique artistic explorations that have taken shape in artists’ homes in the lead up to their presentation at Melbourne Fringe in November 2020.
These digital events were an opportunity to connect with the Take Over! artists’ at the end of their at home residencies to get an insight into the creative process. We were not explicit about what the showing should be. Some shared a part of the work they are developing, others talked about their ideas. There was dancing, reading, singing, laughing and crying.
One thing was guaranteed. To be able to share in a creative process with some of our most visionary and boundary pushing artists – and that’s a rare opportunity.
More about Take Over! 2020
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