Sunday 24th - 1400
The Coach House, Bull at Burford
Andy Field is a performance artist who specialises in human interactions. His work has manifested itself in a variety of places – from theatres and galleries, to warehouses, multistorey carparks, and the streets of towns and cities around the world. Field has played a leading role in the UK’s experimental performance scene over the last fifteen years as co-director of the award-winning artist-led project Forest Fringe, described by the Guardian as ‘an Edinburgh institution that spread its wings around the globe and has been hailed as the future of theatre’.
Encounterism is a joyous immersion into the everyday pleasure and shared humanity we stand to lose in an increasingly digital world. Andy Field explores both different kinds of and different venues for human encounters, from the hairdressers to the cinema, from nightclubs to eateries, shops staffed by people and free-form urban parks; these are the everyday yet invaluable spaces that allow for human encounters that enrich our lives. Field writes with tenderness and wit – born out of twenty years as a performance artist creating scenarios in which people are encouraged to see and interact with each other afresh. In Encounterism he not only examines how we physically encounter both strangers and friends – in all our human grace and awkwardness – but builds to a manifesto for the importance of real-world interaction. A rousing reminder that our cities, our residential and work places, must still allow for the possibility of spontaneity and shared, in-person joy.