During March 2016, David Gillan and I led a residency in HMP Shotts. This residency resulted in a performance called Compass.
Compass explored the notion of journeys.
Who or what guides us?
Do we always get where we want to go?
When will we get there?
It was like peering through the looking glass and being reintroduced to our reasons in becoming artists. It was like jumping into the deep end of a swimming pool and being overwhelmed with statistics, stories and feelings. It was an opportunity for us to consider what art can and does offer an individual in this setting. It was about making work with people about people . It was an opportunity to truly learn what it means to be human while working with other humans. It was a context that taught us more about ourselves, our role as artists working within Scotland and the workings of the criminal justice system than we’d learnt in a lifetime. We were afforded the opportunity to truly think about what it means to be human in today’s society because we were students given the opportunity to work with other students.