Pat Graney’s House of Mind was an art installation, performance, and Connecting Communities residency in one. The two-phase project featured an array of sensory imagery that invited audiences to imagine how memories look and feel. The first phase focused on creating the installation—a series of separate rooms that reflected stories and jumbled memories from Graney’s own childhood incorporated with aspects of community members’ memories. Elements included in the “rooms” combined Graney’s previous work, such as video projections and a sound score, with work created or re-created with community members.
In the second phase, Graney company members returned to the Arts Center for four weeks to work with area seniors, adults, and children to incorporate the community into the House of Mind installation and final performance. The installation was transformed into a performance space. Dozens of community members had one-on-one storytelling sessions with Graney; other community members rehearsed for three weeks on a chair dance piece that mirrored the chair movement found in House of Mind. Hundreds of other community members attended workshops to learn movement for a flash-mob style chair spectacle.
Connecting Communities collaborations are supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bert L. and Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust.