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The installation ‘True Stories Untold’ resonates visual and oral forms of narration, as well as the everyday stories that are embedded in artefacts and sounds, bringing them together in an installation, which captures the sparks of cultural alienation and moments of social bonding experienced during the artist’s residency in the US. The one-day-long performative installation was produced to not be ‘on display’ in a traditional ‘art-space’, but rather to be shown and performed in buildings that are defined by the circles of academic life taking place within them; the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center buildings on Mount Holyoke College campus.

‘True Stories Untold’ experimented with this space and invited visitors to take part in aspects of the installation, performing skills that are performed within these spaces, such as defining meanings, revisiting narrations, etc. By viewing and interacting with the participatory installation visitors were asked to put the installation elements into ‘an order’ and to both activate and add to them. In doing so, ideas about ‘sense-making’ as well as about ‘story-lining life’ that are held by various actors were mobilised and came to act within the overall narration of ‘True Stories Untold’.

The movies ‘Vöxtur’, ‘sugar bug’ and ‘dancers’ were produced for ‘True Stories Untold’ and can be watched using the links provided under ‘short movies’.

The performances ‘sugar fields’, ‘right on your hips’ and ‘flowers played on a cello’ were created for and performed during ‘True Stories Untold’. Images of these performances can be found under ‘performances’.