The title of this Draw By Night party seems so very fitting: Memory Theatre — for what I saw shall be burned into my mind forever. And it’s a good burn. The work of Cian Donnelly is rich with nightmare and ghoulish lyricism, which was revealed in full living colour at our last party. The theme was based on Giulio Camillo and his notion of a “Theatre of Memory.” Throughout the evening the 80+ participants wrote and drew responding to the notion of Memory Theatre while watching Banjorstring (Cian Donnelly’s alter ego) dance and sing in front of us. The following is the recorded live feed direct from Donnelly’s studio in Rome, Italy.
After the performance, we all took to pens, pencils, markers and finger smudging, and actually had the chance to draw alongside Banjorstring and his companion. While we drew melted Teletubbies, we also watched as he drew portraits from his studio. Every once and a while he would come back to the camera to say a scary hello.
We wish to thank Cian for inspiring us to go to some dark places to draw some pretty incredible things. This is a party I will never forget.