You Move Me is a new audio-visual installation made by three artists of different disciplines in collaboration with the people in two different European towns; Žagarė, Lithuania, and Northampton, UK.

In each town, people were invited to take part in workshops with the artists, exploring ideas of everyday, gestural movements. Together they have created a new choreography, which has been performed and recorded in each participant’s domestic setting.

You Move Me is a meditation on gestural movement, portraiture and what it means to move together as a group. It is a celebration of people living in different geographical locations and how they are connected through movement. The work explores collective and individual identities, our quotidian actions and how we occupy our domestic spaces. It brings hidden identities into the public realm.

You Move Me is an inquiry into the idea of similarities and difference and the concept of synecdoche, which makes visible our idiosyncrasies by bringing similar elements together. Something unique and mesmerising happens when individuals move in unison; our attention is brought to the unique and distinctive nature of each person.

The core artist team is formed of video artist Gemma Riggs, choreographer Laura Murphy and theatre maker and sound artist Melanie Wilson. They have been joined by a number of interdisciplinary collaborators including experimental psychologist Jorina Von Zimmerman who has helped them explore the concept of social synchrony and its implications from a behavioural perspective.

You Move Me extends from a wider body of work developed since 2013 by Laura Murphy and Gemma Riggs, whose collaborative research explores the framing of the moving body.

The people and partners involved in the project include:

NN Contemporary Art
Herbert Read Gallery
Žagarė Fringe Festival

Artists and creative contributors:

Gemma Riggs (visual artist)
Melanie Wilson (performance and sound artist)
Laura Murphy (choreographer)
Jorina Von Zimmerman (psychologist)
Susan Ryland (artist)
Mary Paterson (writer)

For more information about the project
please email projectyoumoveme@gmail.com.


This project has been funded by Arts Council England.