ON THE SUBJECT OF FREEDOM
visualized and directed by Mesihovic with
James Brandon Lewis -composer
Lindsey Lollie -choreographer/dancer
Jahcobie Cosom -text/spoken word
Miriam Connor -video installation (text and soundscape by Mesihovic)
Andy Robert -visual art
Matt Schumacher -lighting
Amanda McNussen -dancer
“I have once in my life experienced war and destruction and physical and psychological imprisonment due to those circumstances. In this cross disciplinary piece we choose to deal with this reality, explore reasons for it and search for a possible escape and/or release.
As in Gwendolyn Brooks poem “Paul Robeson” we are aware of the beauty that lies within the freedom of singing loud and clear and speaking our mind. We are inspired with possibilities of a change and transformation of our environment for a better one and hope to inspire others. We hope and wish to harvest the beauty of what freedom means and share or harvest together with anyone who wants to see the beauty we are seeing" -Mersiha Mesihovic, artistic director CircuitDebris.
“Anyone can get a clear sense of what freedom means when it is taken away or when government or society is implementing rules that restricts being yourself. We often take for granted that we are free to be ourselves and that our creativity and imperfections are welcome. Not everyone is free in this way. You cannot walk outside if you live in a war zone. Not everyone is free to speak up and address real issues.” Lindsey Lollie- Choreographer/Collaborator
This project addresses the issue of being restricted, whether it be by borders, racism, genderism, religion, inner conflict... The work recognizes the social systems of oppression to in the end renounce them.
ON THE SUBJECT OF FREEDOM poses a question of how to strive to achieve freedom from restriction made by other but also made by ourselves.
We are concerned with the world and the state it is in, but also wish to ask: “How do I feel about the restrictions that exist in my own life”? Also inspire other to ask themselves the same thing. The piece allows people to question the nature of their historical and social situation.
ON THE SUBJECT OF FREEDOM was performed in May 2012 in a series of performances in the Main Gallery at CalArts, led by professor Chandra Khan in celebration of the Human Rights Day.
Most recently the work was performed at the 6th annual Arts In One World Conference in Valencia California, which encourages presentations, performances and workshops that demonstrate how survivors, artists and scholars give testimony and bear witness to circumstances of conflict and social injustice, opening an imaginative space for participation in the recovery of historical memory and social renewal.