BRILLIANT DAY - THRIFTFEST UPCYCLED 2020
BRILLIANT DAY - THRIFTFEST UPCYCLED 2020
Welcome to BRILLIANT DAY – and thank you for joining our quest for imagining otherwise as part of ThriftFest Upcycled – the digital edition of The Festival of Thrift.
This page accompanies the postcards you have been sent to fill out and share with us. The cards will guide you through (re)imagining your life and your locality. We ask you to imagine what it could be like if our culture was transformed to focus primarily on the present and future flourishing of the environment and all peoples.
BRILLIANT DAY takes the present context as a sign that things can, and do, change extraordinarily quickly: that what feels impossible today feels completely normal tomorrow.
Here you will find our own responses to the postcards you can use to help you in the tasks.
A selection of your responses will be woven into a presentation of a collective BRILLIANT DAY, inspired by all who participate, which you will be able to watch on ThirftFest Upcycled on Saturday 12th September 2020. You may also be invited to take part.
Your ideas will become part of shaping and making our next live theatre show, Love Letters to a Liveable Future, which METIS will be launching in Spring 2021. A huge thank you for your contribution in advance.
With our warmest wishes,
Anna-Maria Nabirye, Charlie Folorunsho, Jess Mabel Jones, Shôn Dale-Jones, Stefanie Mueller, Tom Ross-Williams, Lucy Wray & Zoë Svendsen.
Here is a playlist of music for inspiration. We’d love to hear any recommendations for additions to the list: METIS@artsadmin.co.uk.
We’ve selected these tracks because they have made us think differently about the project, or the project has made us think differently about the tracks.
For these first two WARM UPs, press play, close your eyes and imagine…
We are living in turbulent times, and it can feel very difficult to stay in the dream-space of imagining it could be otherwise. BRILLIANT DAY is partly driven by our sense of the difficulty of dreaming – the issues of who feels entitled to dream, whose dreams get crushed, the way that the culture tells us repeatedly that dreaming of positive change is unrealistic or pointless.
However, the project is also committed to the idea that in order to agitate effectively, it is not enough to dismantle. At the same time, models of other ways of doing things need to be constructed – fleshed out and constantly reconfigured and improved on.
This project seeks to rehearse those acts of imagining – and this warm up offers a starting point, a way of understanding the position(s) each of you and your households might be in, at this moment in time, in relation to activating the imagination.
We have filmed our responses to these postcards.
In the first video, the whole of the performer team imagine their BRILLIANT DAY.
In the second video, Jess explains some of the transformations that might be needed to create her BRILLIANT DAY in which all humans and the environment can thrive and flourish.
In this video, Charlie explains the inspiration behind this postcard.
This postcard invites you to tell us a bit about who you are and where you live – anything you like that gives us some context.
THE HOUSEHOLDS WHO MADE THESE POSTCARDS ARE: A household of 4, Solo with a distant lover and daughter living separately, Solo with violent neighbours, Single, Unmarried couple, Household of 2.5, Solo with 2 vibrators, Married couple with a grown up daughter not living here, Living together for 20 years, Living on our own for the first time, Solo with an active neighbour, Two up two down Victorian terrace, London, Street with a pub on the corner, Filth – Failed In London Tried Hastings, NB poly, Straight as hell, African Caribbean born in London, A foreigner, Soon to become a foreigner, Welsh, British, British-Ugandan, European, Brought my daughter up in second language, White, Grey, Without co-morbidities, Child of refugee parents, Mother, Grandchild of refugees, Neurodivergent kid of disabled parents, Immunosuppressed, Hopeful, Plant lover, Plant mother, Plant based, With a disregarding housing association, In a house we try to get out of, With a park across the road, In a household where we speak about everything, Shout at the radio, Live near a park on a hill where I can see the city and imagine it differently, Live in a small city near a train station, In a house that fits us perfectly, On a main road, Alive on my bicycle, Beach dweller, Self employed, Whale lover, Glaring at the Lambeth palace, Banana bread baker, Potterer (I don’t mean making pots), Carless, Quilt maker, Longing for a hug, Kitchen clubber, Proud of the history of my health, In love, Heart broken, Carb eater, Home schooler, Starting over, Recently unemployed, Trying to stay young, Trying to stay hopeful, Trying to stay sane, healthy, curious, sexual, Trying to listen, Spending a lot of time on the allotment, Allotment dreamer, Allotment maker, Trying not to judge, New auntie, Sons and daughters of old people, Train users, No more DIY to do, Travelers, Dreamers, Peace lovers, Harmony makers, Story gatherer, Bereaved, Open to suggestion, Related to NHS workers, Jews, Furious about NHS workers, Socially distanced dater, Technologically literate until things move too fast, Not scared of crying unless someone is going to laugh at me, Procrastinator, Late riser, Early riser, Insomniac, Hot, Dancers, Movers, Shakers, Lovers, Hula hoopers, Looking for action
Please use these postcards to write, sketch or collage your responses (individually or as a household). You might want to fill them in as you play, or to draw your thoughts together afterwards.
BRILLIANT DAY & Love Letters to a Liveable Future build on two previous works with the same team – Factory of the Future and WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE. In both we explored and imagined stories of alternative futures in the context of planetary flourishing, working with a wide variety of experts (you can see talks from some of them here).