“THE SPACE BETWEEN US” is a series of community-engaged activations exploring the spaces between arts advocates and communities they set out to represent. As part of the project, Clayton Windatt will create a body of text-based works, poems and spoken word performances that engage audiences gaining input from community members in North Bay, Ontario through the Sun dog theatre festival, and in Durham, Ontario through the Fabulous Festival and Fringe Film.
When reflecting on message-making and forming public opinions that include multiple voices, consideration on how consensus can be reached becomes mandatory. Often artists, advocates and activators react to changes in situation (political, economic, social, etc.) quickly, giving very little time to reflect or establish healthy dialogues within community or even between individuals. These advocates form messages quickly interpreting community needs without taking the necessary time to consult effectively. Staying connected to community allows messages to be made fluidly without having to constantly update each person… or does it?