Six degrees of separation

Six degrees of separation is the idea that everyone is on average approximately six steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be made, on average, to connect any two people in six steps or fewer. It was originally set out by Frigyes Karinthy and popularized by a play written by John Guare.


We are investigating whether we can connect a friend from Poland…

… and Bradfordians who might have connections to the country.

Question 1

Do you know anyone living in Poland? More specifically in Warsaw or Gdansk? More specifically in the following streets:

Ul. Skrzetuskiego




Ul. Długi Targ



Question 2

Or if not, does she look familiar or remind you of someone you know?

If your answer is yes to any of these questions please do comment on this post with your reply!


As part of the Corners East Xpedition we were set a challenge by the Artistic Director Chris Torch: devise and perform an intervention for a ‘piazza’ session in Kaliningrad, Russia.

Rita and Ivana first set up a methodology for the devising process: a bus correspondence.

This resulted in a performed intervention…

Image: Phil Wood

The performance now has another life as an online work which you can view here.


Vehicles, transport and protocols of behaviour

In thinking about making a work ‘about’ transport vehicles, I was interested in the idea that protocols of behaviour around vehicles are simple and relatively culturally similar, therefore offering us as (artists and our audiences) a platform for shared understanding from within which to communicate.  However, the crossing of the border between Ukraine and Poland was to disprove this assumption.

Just after the border crossing I woke up only to find the bus has made a stop and everyone was outside. Well, everyone but the three locals frantically extracting cigarettes from the fabric of the bus. The cigarettes kept coming and coming, out of places such as:

the covers providing access to the machinery below the bus floor

the luggage rack above our heads

This did not belong to my ‘shared understanding’ prior to this trip, and proves how valuable these ‘in the field’ research Xpeditions are.