Functions as a platform for community, identity, social, and political struggles to be heard through the lens of performance Creates space for narratives and conversations to be shared Generates dialogue among local & global neighbors Provokes collective listening to initiate change
About the project:
The CSCProject is a multimedia/multimodal, performance-based initiative dedicated to facilitating embodied healing and change in a society fractured by separateness and misunderstanding. The CSCProject facilitates ethnographic performances by collecting narratives around current and prescient conversations and pairing them with soundscapes and original movement. We prioritize utilizing aberrant, site-specific spaces for these narratives to be heard outside of conventional proscenium environments, bringing community access and cultural immediacy to the forefront. The narratives are raw and relevant, organically captured in everyday environments.
Our work considers performance a subversive tool that can be used to generate conversation around particularly significant or charged subjects, and to highlight the voices of those too often overlooked and undervalued by society.Most of our work focuses on socio-political discourse, investigating felt experience around concepts including Disconnection, Involuntary Waste, Local Food Systems, Hydraulic Fracking, Gender Politics and Systemic Injustices. We investigate concepts of performativity, the construction of boundaries invoked in spectatorship, the utilization of various mediums of art as instruments of dissent, and the usage of performance and texts in the development of societal dialogue, belonging, political constructs, cultural bias, consensus culture, and oral histories. Our Mission:
At The CSCProject we believe creative initiatives have potential to cultivate conversations around the changes needed within a community, furthering the potential to develop a wider range of creative solution-based social actions toward community stewardship. With our work we recruit the mediums of soundscape and performance art as a way to communicate and deliver community stories. The project hopes that such spaces cultivate accessibility and opportunities for exchange, providing more access points for important dialogue. It is The CSCProject’s belief that divergent ideas experienced through creative opportunities develop a type of mutual aid, as these “Creative Commons'' have the potential to transpire into spaces for new conversations, perspectives, and viewpoints to be shared between neighbors who otherwise would not have had the opportunity to engage with one another over such topics. Our Vision: We believe creative initiatives have potential to cultivate space for a person’s interiority to be experienced in a public space, furthering the potential to develop community stewardship. Through the experiencing of another’s personal relationship with themselves, acknowledgement of our shared common ground spontaneously arises. Our multidisciplinary pieces are created and shared with the hope that the conversation does not end with the presentation alone, but translates into long-term social initiatives and local infrastructural changes. In the future The CSCProject hopes to bring our work into schools and prisons, using the power of personal narrative to assist in reducing discrimination in such environments.