Unscripted Play
social/community-based performance and improvisation
December 2013 - March 2014

In collaboration with Ieke Trinks

During a 3-month residency at AHHA (Hardesty Arts Center) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Trinks and I searched for several groups to meet regularly to work on improvisation, and performance–to tune in to each others playfulness. This socially oriented project, involves people from a wide range of populations, from those in a retirement community, individuals with physical challenges, and teens on probation, etc. The playfulness is about what each individual has to offer as a unique person and what emerges from the dynamic of a group together.

Running parallel with the residence period, the exhibition titled, Unscripted Play, showed video footage of Trinks and McKemie working with the groups. Additionally, the exhibition was an interactive environment in which the visitor was encouraged to touch and change the order of the items and props as much they liked.

Demo, Broadmoor Retirement Living. The sense of touch.

Demo at OKEQ,  Oklahomans for Equality

Follow and copy, Phoenix Rising,  school for youth on probation

Paper orchestra, The Center  

Paper collage, with the ladies of  Broadmoor Retirement Living

What can you do with a chair?,  Phoenix Rising

What can you do with a chair?,  Phoenix Rising

Open Lab, Improvisation in the  exhibition of Unscripted Play, AHHA

Open Lab, Improvisation in the  exhibit of Unscripted Play, AHHA

Open Lab, Improvisation in the  exhibition of Unscripted Play

Learning the Nae Nae dance, Phoenix Rising

Strings at The Center, A place for  individuals w/ physical challenges

Orchestra of all kinds, The Center  

Collective Writing with the ladies  of Broadmoor Retirement Living

Video installed in a moving box  wall, in exhibit of Unscripted Play

Clothes containing screenprinted  words, in Unscripted Play exhibit

First Friday, Improvisation in  exhibition of Unscripted Play

First Friday, Improvisation in the  exhibition of Unscripted Play

First Friday, Improvisation in the  exhibition of Unscripted Play