Frankie has created a room where she comes to be alone. In the room there is a tree, on the leaves she writes her secrets. Below the tree, treasure is buried. She pulls out some pearls and touches them. She looks at you. She screams silently. She watches you watching her. Then she is gone.
IN DEVELOPMENT 2016-2017
Created by THE RABBLE with St Martins and members of the St Martins Youth Ensemble
Candy House is a series of fictions about secrets and loneliness presented as live dioramas featuring children.
In Candy House the audience views each installation alone, as they would a peep show, through a small hole or window that looks onto a complete diorama. The dioramas are inspired by the work of photographers: Sally Mann, Frieke Janssens and Jonathan Hobin, who all problematize, in different ways, the idealisation of childhood.
Candy House’s live dioramas ask an audience to question their own image of childhood. Collaborating with THE RABBLE, the young artists are invited to imagine secret worlds, time alone, and the effect of secrets on the body. Through the dioramas, adult audiences conjure their own experience of childhood, their own loneliness and their own secrets in a new way.
Candy House is created to explore adults’ conceptions of a 21st Century childhood. THE RABBLE invites the agency of children to both imagine their own secret environment and to return the gaze of the adult, to question their spectatorship of childhood.
Developments for Candy House have included:
Images are from the Candy House CultureLAB development in November 2016.
Photos by David Patterson.