Wow! Cara Spooner (grandaughter of Mrs Frances Lutchin, widow of the late Jack Lutchin) is coming to the bicentennial party to help capture our heritage and stories. Cara is an accomplished and entrepreneurial performance artist who is making her way in the rough and tumble world of the arts and culture. She is talented, smart, and a whirlwind of energy. She got wind of Wardsville’s bicentennial party from her parents, Cathy (Lutchin) and Keith Spooner. Her cousin, Lawrence Merin, son of Jack Lutchin’s twin sister (the late Anne Merin), is working on the Wardsville Legacy Photo shoot. Here’s Cara’s proposal for Wardsville (written in lovely proposal jargonese):
For the Wardsville 200 year bicentennial, Spooner and Rabyniuk will strive to participate and integrate into the rhythms and lives of the people of Wardsville. Through interviews, walks and attending community events, they will gather personal stories seeped in the places and people of Wardsville. Film, photography and site-specific performance will be the primary forms which will re-animate the embodied stories of the community.
Cara Spooner and Simon Rabyniuk are Canadian artists exploring site-specificity through an interdisciplinary practice. Their work draws upon participatory research models as well as different modes of dance, performance art and media arts. Having left the studio behind, they explore familiar and unfamiliar places using psycho-geographic and alternative mapping techniques to articulate the psychological and emotional impact of place on people.
Working with individuals and communities, Spooner and Rabyniuk value what is already there, acknowledging the strengths and limitations within each context. They hold a broad definition of culture, that imports value on the many expressions of self-definition that shape the built and social environment of a community. For them, culture is a dynamic force that includes both affirmations of, and challenges to, established identities.
Important to their work is the idea of scale, or of understanding history, architecture, communities, and bodies, in contrasting relationships. Research into sites is conducted though walks, interviews, and partnerships with local clubs and organizations. The ensuing films and performances focus on specific stories and locations with the intent to make personal memory visible. In doing so, they seek to use personal gesture as a means of reconstituting a sense of public life.
Some influences on their work are Harrell Fletcher, Francis Alys, Future Farmers, Alfredo Jarr, Diane Borsato as well as Adrian Howells and Keith Hennessy.