Hayley Moohan says:
The motif ‘identity’ was explored throughout our piece. Inspired by Marc Auge who states; ‘subjective attitude toward spaces that may be alienating for the onlooker while being meaningful and a source of identity for the inhabitant’.  Relating to Auge’s theory, the space which is alienated in our Site Specific piece is the train station. A space which is referred to as a non-space which is a universal institution. People feel alienated in a train station as they are walking in to the unknown. Is their train going to arrive on time? Who will they sit next to? Will they even get a seat? Relating to identity within a train station, as people are alienated from one another the non-place allows a lack of identity to commence. Thus moves onto my next point about the artist Knowbotiq Macghillie.
Macghillie is an artist who explores loss of identity. Macghillie inspired our idea of connecting taking a journey and losing identity. Loss of identity will be shown by covering ourselves with pieces of paper, just as Macghillie did. Our body will be covered in thoughts of those around us, as we become the journey itself. We are lost in the journey of the non-space and lack of identity, like the rest of the people around us. The non-space being a place where everyone becomes alienated, an institutional place.
Below are images which show our costumes which display neither the traits of an individual nor of a person. The lack of identity allowed people around us to lose their identity on us. As we participated in train journeys and allowed the public to write ideas and thoughts on to our costumes, this allowed us in to their thoughts they had about their journey, trains and travelling.
Images which show one journey where we wore our ‘costumes’ which allowed the public to document their identity onto us.
 Emer O’Beirne, ‘MARC AUGÉ’S THEORETICAL EICTIONS’, Romanic Review, 101 (May 2010), pp 445-466, (447).
Jade Beastall says:
The Feeling of Losing Identity
When we got on the train we asked people to write where they were coming from, going to or an aspect of their journey. In doing this we covered ourselves in the journeys of those around us, losing our own identity. This is inspired by Knowbotiq MacGhillie ‘an actor without identity, transforming past and future into here and now, oscillating between the hyper presence of a mask and visual redundancy’ ((Author and date not mentioned, Interventions, Online: http://rearttheurban.org/info/Knowbotiq.html (accessed 29 Apr 2013).)) When I covered myself in the journeys of other people I felt as though I had lost my identity and I was no longer an individual. My body became an organised archive of journeys, just like the one we will create in our live performance from snack wrappers, newspapers, bottles and train tickets. The two ideas link in a way that show both loss of identity and Jacques Derrida’s archiving, an inspiration explored in another one of our group’s posts.
There were many implications with getting on the train and filming. I emailed numerous times and rang through to three different customer service representatives. After not receiving a reply after two weeks, the time came to find an alternative. We originally wanted to film professionally, but instead took a personal camera and filmed only ourselves discretely. Obstacles like these are a learning process and give us the chance to use our initiative.
Jade Fallon says:
The feeling of isolation
During our train journey I could feel people’s eyes on my constantly, no wonder considering the costumes we were wearing. We looked at people having no identity, loosing it. Although that’s the concept which we looked at, inspired by Macghillie, it was interesting to be involuntary receiving attention from other passengers, making me rem-inis about how the hysterical woman might have felt.
This train journey is were we collected a huge amount of the rubbish, which was situated on the first floor of our performance and was organised in our archive of memories.
Enjoy our video – The audio is part of the train journey that I recorded