Stretch is a stand alone interactive installation, an improvised performance and a workshop experience.
A sound sculpture, a blank canvas, minimalist and symbolic in appearance, Stretch is a screen made of hundreds of strands of fine shirring elastic stretching from wall to wall across a space. Its many miles of elastic create a permeable threshold or boundary, embracing the architecture of the space it occupies. The sculpture invites interaction, quietly provoking the viewer into physical engagement, to manipulate it, and to discover its potential to transform and be transformed. There are no instructions about what to do or how to be. The viewer makes their own multi-sensory journey.
Stretch was originally commissioned by Crying out Loud and continues to show nationally and internationally at festivals, theatres and in public spaces most recently at Exeter Cathedral as part of Art Week Exeter.
Venues and festivals include: The Catch – Lyric Theatre Hammersmith; Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadler's Wells; Nottdance; Transit Dance festival, Marl; MILK International Festival of the Arts, Toronto; Chicago Humanities Festival; Illuminate – Birmingham Hippodrome / DanceXchange; Awesome Festival of the Arts for Bright Young Things, Perth, Australia and most recently at Exeter Cathedral as part of Art Week Exeter. Stretch is an evolving artwork conceived and designed by Sophia Clist and developed in collaboration with Nick Burge, and in times past with Craig Vear, Jonathan Eato, Ragnhild Olsen, Sarah Cameron and Anouk Llaurens.