The Tilting at Windmills was initially a performance that looks at how the voice is a subject within the act of protest. This performance is defined as combating imaginary enemies, or confrontations that are incorrectly defined, or misinterpreted and based on heroic or idealistic justifications. The Tilting at Windmills investigates the rise of echo chambers as a result of segregated social networks, and how information (and poetry) is disseminated, and distributed, through the individual. The image of the town crier, a figure that sits within the history of Liverpool as a pre-industrial city, is used as a historical anecdote, to consider how the body (or human condition) has evolved in the process of disseminating and editing information.
Tate Liverpool, Liverpool 2017
Performed by Ben Rigg, Karen Swan & Janelle Thompson
November 10th - 12th at the Tate Liverpool
In 2018 the original poem from which this work is based on was recontextualized into a video titled "The Tilting at Windmills REDUX."