Our Friday one hour special on RTE Radio One was alot of fun. It was the first time I met many of the performers. The first time I had heard some of them too. Working through an online arts resource and generally talking to people through the internet means that flesh and blood rarely comes into the equation but that’s what these events, these get togethers are all about. From its very inception mutantspace.com had to prove itself in the real world, had to prove that an online community of people could get together, under one flag, and make it work. And it has, does and will continue to so.
The wide variety of work and people made the Friday night radio show really interesting and alot of fun. I got the feeling that both the presenter and the producer, who were both excellent and made it even better than I thought possible, felt something in the room during the show, perhaps relief that it worked, who knows. Either way after the show everybody was on a high – strangers who until recently had nothing in common, but now, through an online idea, stood on common ground – and we all hit the pub in celebratory mood, congratulated each other, introduced ourselves properly, talked about each others work and so on.
Next week, when the Trash Culture Revue starts, this sense of communality and fun will grow. More performers will be around, getting involved, meeting each other, swapping anecdotes, numbers, contacts, help and advice, etc. There will be parties every night, drinks to be had, food to be shared. All in all it will make for a great atmosphere and a situation in which all those coming to the events will pick up on. Atmosphere, good vibes, whatever you want to call it comes from the ground up. It has to start with the individual and slowly and naturally permeate the group, the audience, the space. Whatever happens in terms of numbers attending each show, gig, reading, I already know that we have, together, succeeded in creating an open space that encourages reception, warmth, togetherness and for that I am grateful to all those involved.
Just on a special note I’d like to thank Sean Rocks who presents the Arena Arts Show on RTE One and to Jacqui Corcoran the producer who was fantastic in the long lead up to the show and on the day of the show. She managed to find a thread, an arc that pulled the show together and make it really special. Seeing how someone takes raw material and turn it into something unique, infront of your eyes, is a fantastic thing to witness. So again thanks Jacqui. I’d also like to thank Michael Carr on 96fm for giving us loads of airtime on Saturday – and has done so, with much generosity, whenever mutantspace.com has being producing work in Cork City – and to Linda Plover who arranged the Trash Culture Revue special on 96fm and did some great interviews with Stephen James Smith and Jinx Lennon for it
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