Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka.
A woman is building a labyrinth on the beach. She is there every day and has spread big cardboards writing "I need help to build a labyrinth" in the village. Some locals do come along and give her a hand. Some tourists interrupt their idylic vacations and visit her for a little while. They dig a few holes, they put a few sticks in the ground, they chat for a little while and then return to their lives.
Labyrinths is a project conceived whilst artist in residence at the Sura Medura International Residency in Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka, in February/March 2017. It includes installation, sound design and a movement performance, and talks about journeys and encounters and how these can alter our perspective on life.
LabyrinthZ, the initial performance, was created on Hikkaduwa beach with help from locals, tourists and an immense amount of support from fellow artists Mary Genis, Lewis Sherlock, Joshua Sofaer and Ross Whyte. Zoe created and built the labyrinth to explore shifts of perspective within difficult moments of life.
Labyrinth’s memory no.1, was performed at the Briggait in Glasgow, in April 2017, as part of the Sura Medura exhibition, remembering LabyrinthZ and finding ways to place this installation within an urban, concrete, colder environment.
Labyrinth’s memory no.2, was performed at the Syn Festival Edinburgh, on the 12th March 2018. Zoe used this opportunity to expand the conept and themes of the labyrinths, exploring ways of using the audience's input to build and shift the labyrinth. A big thank you to all the Syn Festival organisation team and staff, for inviting me to be the festival's artist in residence and for all their support.
Labyrinth's memory no.3, was peformed as part of Caravana Grance, at the Cranston Caravan Club, on the 5th August 2018, where Zoe explored her memory of her grandmother Nitsa and explored discovering traces of her grandmother in her.
Details and documentation of each show can be found below.