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Raquel Meseguer Zafe / Unchartered Collective

A Crash Course in Cloudspotting


A Crash Course in Cloudspotting is an intimate audio-sensory journey exploring the depths of human connection and the subversive act of lying down.

Art form: Audio-led installation and performance
Age guidance:
35 minute installation / 55 minute performance + installation
Sensitive content:
Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, audience asked to lie down for the duration (wheelchair space also available)
Space requirements:
Minimum 9 metres by 9 metres, full blackout essential in theatre spaces


Show Description

An invitation to pause. To rest. To listen.

Raquel Meseguer Zafe has gathered over 300 stories from people living with invisible disabilities and chronic illnesses. This immersive 35-minute installation /  55-minute installation and performance invites audiences into the heart of these experiences, while participants from across the UK illuminate the space with a gentle choreography of lights. Patterns of rest unfolding in real time.

“Beguiling and thoughtful” – Exeunt Magazine

Produced by MAYK. Commissioned by Unlimited, Camden Alive & Coventry UK City of Culture 2021. Supported by Arts Council England.


Artist Information

Raquel’s work straddles theatre, dance, installation, performative conversations, and photo- documentary. She identifies as dis-abled and works with rest and horizontality as creative impulses.

Raquel founded Unchartered Collective in 2016 to create theatrical encounters that explore the lived experience of an invisible disability like chronic pain. She also co-founded Lost Dog Dance and co-directed the award-winning productions Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me), and Juliet + Romeo.

Artist website: Raquel Meseguer Zafe


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A concrete urban landscape, tower blocks, trees and metal railing set against a pale blue sky. In the foreground, a Spanish-Phillipino woman with long, brown, curly hair lies on her back on a concrete bench with her eyes closed. She is wearing a yellow t-shirt, a black zip-up hoodie and dark jeans. Her hair cascades over the edge of the concrete bench. Her left arm rests stretched outwards, her hand slightly lifted towards the sky.
A Crash Course in Cloudspotting by Raquel Meseguer Zafe. Image by Paul Samuel White.

A Crash Course in Cloudspotting by Raquel Meseguer Zafe