Entering the Theatre of Manifestation – Unveiling the FoolishPeople

Posted in > ANALYSIS by David on May 3, 2013

imageTo celebrate the release of FoolishPeople’s first feature film ‘Strange Factories’ later this year, Liminal Analytics is proud to announce a collaboration with FoolishPeople and David Metcalfe titled – ‘Entering the Theatre of Manifestation – Unveiling the FoolishPeople’.

David is an independent researcher, writer and multimedia artist who focuses on the interstices of art, culture, and consciousness. David will explore FoolishPeople’s twenty year history through a series of articles and interviews with members of FP both past and present and audiences who have witnessed and experienced FoolishPeople’s ritual work.

David comments: “Having followed FoolishPeople’s work for a number of years it is a great pleasure to be able to explore their history, methodology, and most importantly the intimate connection that each member shares to the greater work of embracing the true magic of storytelling. Beyond theater, FoolishPeople offer a gateway, and I am honored to be given a guided tour into the rare and potent world they’ve discovered beyond the veil.”

John Harrigan founder of FoolishPeople says: “2013 is an important year for FoolishPeople, and it feels like the right moment to share our rich history by pulling back the curtain. David’s unique skills as a researcher and writer enables him to record and examine how our stories have manifested through the lives of the members of FP and our audiences. FP is privileged to have a writer and thinker of David’s caliber research the history and art of FoolishPeople and to share it in this way.”

The first part of ‘Entering the Theatre of Manifestation – Unveiling the FoolishPeople’ begins today with David’s first article

FoolishPeople create Weaponised Art, Ritual Theatre and Film.

Over a number of years, FoolishPeople has developed a unique practice, Theatre of Manifestation. This is a form of ritual theatre that combines mythology, shamanism, drama therapy, strategic forecasting and open source collaboration. We create stories by merging film, performance, sound, art, light and the location to create a unique, dreamlike world that living characters inhabit.

Our audience must choose their own journey without guidance, a technique which challenges their habitual way of watching art and entertainment in a conventional manner. Static consumption is not possible, active engagement and participation is vital and absolutely necessary.

We have produced our work across sites including conventional theatres, galleries and site-specific venues spanning prestigious cultural venues such as the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Arcola Theatre and the Horse Hospital in London and historical buildings like the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham. We have toured internationally to the US and Amsterdam and worked for clients such as the BBC and Secret Cinema.

David Metcalfe is an independent researcher, writer and multimedia artist focusing on the interstices of art, culture, and consciousness. He is a contributing editor for Reality Sandwich, The Revealer, the online journal of NYU’s Center for Religion and Media, and The Daily Grail. He writes regularly for Evolutionary Landscapes, Alarm Magazine, Modern Mythology, Disinfo.com, The Teeming Brain and his own blog The Eyeless Owl. His writing has been featured in The Immanence of Myth (Weaponized 2011), Chromatic: The Crossroads of Color & Music (Alarm Press, 2011) and Exploring the Edge Realms of Consciousness (North Atlantic/Evolver Editions 2012). Metcalfe is an Associate with Phoenix Rising Digital Academy, and is currently co-hosting The Art of Transformations study group with support from the International Alchemy Guild.