Maria Oshodi is currently collaborating with Braunarts, Glen Neath and PAMELA on her Arts Council research and development project inspired by the life and work of her friend and fellow Blind Black artist, Lynn Manning.
A Trail of Two Cities’ (TO2C proposes to research and develop the urban experiences, connections and inspirations shared between two blind artists of colour: London’s Maria Oshodi and LA’s Lynn Manning.
TOTC will enable initial archival research, mentored writing and technical investigation to begin; exploring how two complimentary artists can feature in a performance following their trail of two cities, reflecting plural perspectives on race, gender, disability and environment.
A trail of LA
Following months of preparation, In June 2018 Maria and Braunarts spent ten days in Los Angeles interviewing some of Lynn’s associates and filming locations throughout the city, personal to Lynn’s life.
This material will be used as a point of inspiration for Maria to track and write her own personal creative responses and reflections, together with filming of locations throughout London that are personal to her.
Glen Neath is Maria’s writing mentor and Braunarts are producing, filming and Co-directing the project.
One partner is Nick Tyler of PAMELA who will support the project’s technical ambitions at their north London real-world-scale laboratory for assessing pedestrian movement, disability and transport.The R/D presentation will be held here in 2019.
Another partner is ARC Stockton that has offered a week residency to the team to develop creative content.
Supported by Arts Council England