the TWIST (is that you’re just like me)
The TWIST (is that you’re just like me) is a work made with and for children.
Commissioned by Tramway, Glasgow for Children’s Exhibition, The TWIST (is that you’re just like me) began by asking a Primary 2 class at Glendale Primary School “What might liquid crystals sound like?”
Working with images of liquid crystals by Prof. Vance Williams of the Department of Chemistry, Simon Fraser University, the children first grew their own crystals in class, to learn about the different pace that this material moves at, to touch them and get closer to knowing them through our haptic senses. We then worked with choreographer and artist Mark Bleakly to behave like these materials with our bodies, moving and dancing in a way that twisted between liquid and crystalline movements. Filmed by Margaret Salmon, we then working on sounding these materials, thinking about the words we would use to describe them and the sounds those words created for us.
The work was exhibited as an interactive installation, with the help of artist-programmer Jen Sykes, where the audience we invited to undertake the same behaviours as the class, using touch, movement and sound to activate the soundtrack, the images and fill the space with bubbles.