past tense story is a research-based, transmedia storytelling project exploring the subject of male on male sexual violence.
one | covid19
with covid-19 the art scene is changing unpredictably – how do we make use of this uncertain time?
we are now moving to a digital realm – it is challenging, draining, but also very interesting, particularly as a tool to tell a complex story collaboratively, across ‘social distance’.
before the pandemic, my studio was my safe space, but now i need a digital one which I can invite my collaborators (actors, survivors, witnesses, experts and consultants) into. with the forced intimacy of these digital spaces, i need to find out what ‘safe’ and ‘creative space’ mean. especially while addressing confidentiality when working with a sensitive subject.
with past tense story one, i would like to explore the possibilities for storytelling and intimacy in digital space by inviting actors for improvisation sessions to look at the themes, characters, stories, and how to be, and to be creative, in this digital space.
however, these new modes of connection raise several questions: how do we take care of one another and provide mutual support in a digital setting? how will we establish trust?
through a collaborative film-making process, this project opens up narratives around male on male sexual violence in a nuanced and non-judgemental way. now with the current situation, it will be about finding new ways of working. finding ways to collaboratively create improvisations, where we all feel safe and supported enough to go deeper into this sensitive subject. this will rethink the necessity of digital communications as an artistic tool rather than a limitation.
with the emergency funding from arts council, it will be interesting to engage with the characteristics of different digital platforms, and compare their relationship to specific kinds of physical space in this process.