Cup of tea and a lie down clinic, 2017

Making Space

CoCA Toi Moroki Christchurch, Ōtautahi Christchurch

Cup of Tea and Lie Down Clinic incorporated ritual, tongue-in-cheek bureaucracy and therapeutic care. I took bookings with individuals, offered them a cup of tea and then asked key questions which led to me selecting a specific piece to interact with. Each small work in the installation was a tool which overcomplicated a simple physical or emotional connection between participants.

Installation and interactive performance
I channelled archetypes such as nurse, witch, clown, doctor, therapist and confidante. The work explored ideas about emotional labour and interpersonal relationships. It levelled an absurdist critique at the bureaucratic systems in place to support the myriad mental health issues but also aimed to offer emotional support in an unexpected and often alienating environment.