Rest Room is a new solo based on the 100+ stories about people’s attempts to rest in public, i’ve collected over the last 18 months.
After a week in the studio, rumbling with these stories, unpicking what gets in the way of rest, and how to tell stories that don’t have a tidy beginning, middle and end, I will open the doors and share a first draft….
A relaxed performance, there will bean bags and yoga matts, and the encouragement to stand and move around as much as you need to.
You can book tickets here: https://www.bac.org.uk/content/45356/whats_on/whats_on/shows/rest_room_scratch
I am hugely excited (and a little terrified!) to be part of a cohort of artists in residence at BAC’s Rest & Resistance Festival, curated by Jess Thom of Touretteshero.
It’s an incredible line up of events. Check it out!
I am delighted to have been invited by Artist Sarah Hopfinger, to continue our questioning of what a movement practice for people with chronic pain might be. We have three days supported by the Royal Conservatoire Scotland, to keep probing these questions:
What is the expert knowledge that people with CP have?
How would this inform movement practice and choreographic tools?
What is it to follow the quiet thread?
How do we make the personal, political? And look at personal pain and wider ecologies of pain?
I was thrilled to be invited to give a talk responding to the theme ‘Out of Time’ at the 20th Grenzenlos Kultur Symposium, Staatstheater, Mainz, Germany.
I will be giving a talk and two workshops that explore my work from this provocation of temporality in performance.
Watershed have made it possible to lie down to watch any film they screen.
As part of our ongoing relationship, and the evolution of the Resting Spaces Network in Bristol. Once a month I go public about when I take up the offer and participate in Horizontal Cinema. And I ask other people to join me and to get used to enacting our access needs with pride.
I'll be watching the Miseducation of Cameron Post at 5.30pm on Mon 10th Sept.
I hope to see you there,
How do we get from a desire to open access for audiences with Invisible Impairments, to embedded change? In the next Dreams of Resting Spaces Conversation, we present two examples (achieved with little or no resources):
- Raquel will talk about her work with Watershed, who have made it possible to lie down to see ANY film screening at their cinema. She and Louise will talk through the policy they developed and the questions they wrestled with.
- Lou Rogers will talk about her work on ‘Disabling the Screen’ with Carousel involving all major TV and film companies including Sky TV.
We’ll also be launching a Resting Spaces Network closed FB group in September, so that we can continue dialogue between these conversations and, share resources.
Until then, you please email us, and we'll send an access code to the resources we are collating,
Feel free to bring you lunch along, we look forward to seeing you in September!
Raquel & The Cloudspotting Team
An Invitation to pause, to listen, to rest.
An ode to invisible disability and to acts of bravery we don't see.
We'd like to introduce you to our Light Choir: 6 people who will perform in the installation remotely using light as presence. Our Choir will each turn on a light in the installation whenever they rest to manage the pain and fatigue that accompany many invisible impairments like ME, Chronic pain, Hashimoto's, Chronic Fatigue.
We invite you to take a moment to lie down and rest with them.
Bodies of Difference is a day long workshop that questions cultural assumptions about how 'normal' bodies interact with the built environment, and instead invites students to begin from the creative impulse of diverse and disabled bodies.
Directed by Jos Boys, the day will see artists Naomi Lakmaier, David Dixon and Raquel Meseguer deliver provocations on public space design and take 150 MA architecture students through a process that starts from a different understanding of 'normal'.
Keynote: 'Dreams of Resting Spaces'
I have an Invisible Condition (chronic pain), and that means I need to lie down (a lot).
In 2017 I embarked on the audio visual installation A Crash Course in Cloudspotting (the subversive act of horizontality), based on my experiences of trying to lie down in public spaces.
As part of our research we asked people with Invisible Conditions what would make their local arts centre truly accessible to them. From the 180+ responses we know that resting spaces would fundamentally change the way people move through a city, and allow them access to the cultural spaces where ‘normal life happens’ .
I will share the 6 simple solutions we gathered from the survey participants and pioneering UK venues, and our ambition for an app and Resting Spaces Network.
Raquel will be sharing her vision for public resting spaces, and the need to change our perception of people lying down in a live recording and subsequent streaming of BBC Radio 4 Four Thought at Somerset House.
In this live recording their will be a limited number of spaces for those who would like to lie down at the event, please select "reclined seating" on the ticketing page found here: https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/whats-on/bbc-radio-4-four-thought-0
Free Movement Sessions for anyone who experiences chronic pain, or other hidden illnesses (i.e. fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue, lupus, etc which tend to have associated chronic pain).
This is a safe space for us to play, move and rest together. We champion 'horizontality as participatory mode,' meaning you are free to lie down for all or part of the session.
The format of the session is:
10.30am - 11am: space to arrive & stretch quietly together
11am - 12pm: check in & movement session led by Raquel Meseguer (Unchartered Collective / Lost Dog).
12pm - 12.30pm check out & space to rest before we go out into the world again.
The Sessions are happening on 16 October, 30th October, 13th November and 27th November.
We can offer this session free, because Trinity Centre have given us space to test the demand for a regular session for people with chronic pain. The space is wheelchair accessible with some parking available, and we welcome people with different mobilities (n.b. as a group with chronic pain, we are not able to assist people with very complex mobility needs, who need help to support their weight).
To find out more and to book your place please contact email@example.com Please contact us prior to attending a session so we are aware of your access needs.
Wed 12 July | 5.30pm and 8pm, Arnolfini
BOOK NOW - Please note there are only 10 seats per performance
10 of you
10 of us
& 30 minutes
to tell our stories
(and make you laugh)
Someone Should Start Laughing is about lives lived with invisible disability and chronic pain. And how we talk about that without turning you off, or turning away. Through sound, touch, silence, laughter and dance, these immersive stories are handled with the necessary wit, tenderness and healthy respect for life's curveballs.
The company gallop through their stories from diagnosis, to brave new self (on a good day). And through our common humanity we bridge the distance between one life and another. Someone Should Start Laughing is a scratch performance from directors Raquel Meseguer (Lost Dog Associate Artist) and Owen Calvert Lyons.
Raquel Mesegeur and Owen Calvert Lyons have been invited to share about the Unchartered Collective projects at the HIDDEN PROJECT CONVERSATION DAY at Brighton Dome.
More information can be found here: https://brightondome.org/event/14402/hidden_project_conversation_day/
The day is aimed at anyone who is interested in the arts, invisible illness or who would just like to come and learn more. Everyone is welcome.
The day will be British Sign Language interpreted. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to talk to us about any of your needs or would like more information about the day.
Join us for coffee and tea from 10:30am and the day will finish at 4pm, with an option to stay for more relaxed conversation and networking until 4:30pm.
This event is pay what you can.