What are your names and where are you from?
My name is Amanda Hunt and I am from Brooklyn, NY.
My name is Katie Fleming and I am living in Brooklyn, NY. I am originally from Mahopac, NY.
My name is Alex Romania and I am based in Brooklyn, NY.
What project are you working on at SPACE?
We are working on an interpretation of a novel called Tinkers by Paul Harding, which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. We have dubbed ourselves The Tinkers Project; it is a working title. We have been exploring the themes of the novel and how to create a live experience based on the text.
How did you land on this idea and how did you come together?
I loved the book.
We all loved the book.
Alex rounded us up.
It struck me that I wanted to explore the book performatively and physically through installation. I approached Katie and Amanda. And Katie had read the book and was like: “Wow!”
Wow! Yeah. I had read it and marked it as something that was a future “wow” project; and I feel like I did that because it was the first book I had read in a long time that was written in the way that my mind works. I felt so connected to the author and the characters and the structure and the textures of it. My work as a designer is so intertwined in the history of the objects used and the environments experienced. Tinkers is such a rich place to cultivate those things. So yeah, I felt very excited when Alex called.
How have you been spending your time at SPACE?
We have been doing movement improvisation, design object installation, sound installation, improvisational poetry, and text research. Everyone that we are here with has a different specialty, which has been really fruitful. We have been able to cross-pollinate between disciplines, and trade each other’s languages and practices to create new things.
These few days have been a blessing—to have people from different backgrounds and trainings. We have gotten to explore the space between the different disciplines. And we are making an interdisciplinary piece, so there has to be a conversation between multiple things. We have had the time to figure out how the mediums collaborate and how they make something new together.
Also, it has been so incredibly helpful to be working in an environment that looks, feels, and tastes like what we are hoping for the audience to experience in our ultimate installation. There are so many passages in novel about creaky floorboards, homemade doorframes, country roads, and sunshine through the tress. It has been priceless to be in a place where all of that already exists.
And it’s been great to be in a residency space where we are truly allowed to use the space. We have hours upon hours of time when we are expected to be dedicated to our work. And everyone has been very curious about our work. And that feels really good—to be able to share it, too. So, it has been a great balance between sharing and alone time.
And thanks to the staff for the support. Space is a descriptive word for our experience here.
What is next for the project?
We are going to return to the city and begin in the rehearsal room, continuing to use different types of artists to create this world.
There is a lot of planning and a lot meeting with people that we have to do. And there is a lot of content to further explore. There are questions that have come up during our residency here to answer.
If you were to be reincarnated as a farm animal, what farm animal would you be and why?
I think that I would be a pig, so that I could roll in the mud and it would be my job to do that. Everyone would expect me to do that.
I think that I would be a barn swallow. I was trying to think of something that would nest, and I like that a barn swallow both lives in architecture and also collects things in its environment to create its home. And it also gets to fly. Why would you not want to fly? That would be awesome.
I would be a crow because they are shape shifters.
Interviewed by Alison McLaughlin