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MOOP: Stories - Newhaven

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Hillcrest Community Centre

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The award-winning Museum of Ordinary People (MOOP), in partnership with Newhaven Festival, is bringing "live" exhibits to Newhaven...

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The award-winning Museum of Ordinary People (MOOP), in partnership with Newhaven Festival, is bringing "live" exhibits to Newhaven for a special evening of entertainment.

MOOP is a Brighton-based pop-up museum that empowers members of the public to create exhibits about the lives of ordinary people. We celebrate the ripples we all leave behind, and represent stories and themes that aren't typically found in museums.

At MOOP: STORIES, the audience will spend an evening learning more about the real life stories behind MOOP's exhibitions, as the artists behind them re-imagine their pieces in a live, ephemeral format – be it a video installation, a talk or a performance.

You'll hear about the journey each participant went on to create their exhibition piece. How does it feel to be telling someone else’s story through artefacts, documents and objects?

MOOP: STORIES Newhaven will feature:

"My Father’s Footsteps" by Philip Franklin

When I was young my father’s belongings were thrust into my hands, in a knackered cardboard box, at his funeral, by his recently married new wife. All trace of my mum had gone. So little was salvaged from the memories of our family.

Then one day I realised my life was paralleling his; I was physically walking in his footsteps on the earth, rewriting the sad ending, reclaiming the lost times.

Through MOOP, I pieced together this story, not just from Dad’s letters, but with seemingly random objects that reminded me of Mum. I want to incorporate this journey into a live performance and express something new for MOOP: STORIES.

I’ll also show how in the past, my own working life has weirdly paralleled my dad’s through me rebelling against a workplace culture of intimidation and, like him, taking solace in alcohol.

"My Late Mother's Future Work" by Lucy Malone

I only finally found the strength to sort through my Mother’s belongings several years after she passed away. Among her sketchbooks, letters and other things, I kept finding all these objects; pieces of paint covered wood, broken plates, flakes of paint lovingly wrapped up in plastic bags and stored away and I was puzzled as to their purpose. Then I came across a list titled ‘Future Work’. All the objects I had found were on that list and I realised they were my mother’s next planned exhibition and I resolved to finish the work she was unable to complete.

For MOOP: STORIES I want to share more with you about these objects, these ordinary, everyday ‘things’ that meant so much, more than the photographs or the letters, more than anything which held shared memories. These objects so full of silence that they spoke so loud of her absence, have led to more understanding than anything else. Of my mother's way of seeing, her artistic influence and her identity. They illuminated a connection between us, visible and present through more than just the blood and genes we share.

"The HIP Anne Clarke" by Jolie Booth

When I squatted a house in 2002 I discovered the whole flat was a time capsule left behind by the previous tenant whose name was Anne Clarke. Over the course of the next fifteen years I set about discovering who Anne had been and why all her stuff had ended up being left behind? Through learning about Anne’s life I considered many of my own choices and made adjustments from lessons I gleaned through these reflections. But I also honour and celebrate her triumphs. She was a trailblazer who paved the way for all the bright young things living in Brighton today. Discovering Anne’s story has literally changed my life. Through MOOP: STORIES I seek to pay homage to Anne for all she has achieved in the world, and continues to do so even now, from beyond the grave.

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