Sophia Clist is a British based artist who has played a significant role in developing interactive cross-artform work with universal appeal.
Crying Out Loud began to work with her in 2002, interested in her practice because she was creating new and different participatory and immersive work at a time when there was very little extraordinary work for children and adults to participate in together.
One of the original PIPs, Crying Out Loud commissioned, funded and produced the creation of Stretch, an evolving artwork/installation that combines light, sound, music, dance and video, it went on to tour internationally to the Awesome Arts Festival in Perth, Australia.
Stretch is a screen made of hundreds of strands of fine shearing elastic, stretched under tension from wall to wall across a space. Its many miles of elastic creates a permeable threshold or boundary radically altering the architecture of the space it occupies. The installation invites interaction, quietly provoking the viewer into physical engagement, to manipulate it, and to discover its potential to transform and be transformed. There are no instructions about what to do or how to be, the viewer makes their own journey.
A stand alone interactive installation, an improvised performance, a workshop tool, Stretch continues to show nationally and internationally at festivals, theatres and in public spaces for ages 9 months to 90 years.