People Pavilion (Festival of Questions)
Hoops, Ripstop, straps and local group from Lancaster.
Created with Lancaster Arts for Festival of Question
People Pavilion is a temporary space that can pop up anywhere and at anytime, with multiple functions and shapes. Worn by people like a rucksack, individual pieces come together to become one. Selected community groups are invited to use the Pavilion for their own purpose.
This ongoing project is the result of a collaboration by artists Laurence Payot and Ailie Rutherford developed as part of a residency at Streetland in Glasgow. With architect Anna Couch and performer Bob Moyler, they worked with a range of diverse groups to find out how a ‘human architecture’ could become ‘emotional’, for the wearer of the piece and for the hosts entering the structure, and how its social function could challenge our perceptions of the use of public realm.
“People Pavilion is a ‘space in between’, where anything can happen.”
For Festival of Questions, Laurence Payot and Ailie Rutherford have worked with Lancaster residents to explore the idea of human rights in practice, creating a set of actions and questions to be presented in the streets during the festival.
Drawing on methodologies used by left-wing and anarchist groups such as consensus decision making and participatory democracy in action, they are testing out how artists can truly share ownership of their work through active participation.