Posts Tagged 'movement'

In Between Stations

Ella O’Keefe

Ongoing, with a concluding reading at Serial Space, Friday April 30 7pm-10pm

A participatory event followed by reading and discussion. This event takes inspiration from the Metro Poems project of Oulipo member Jacques Jouet.

Participants will be invited to take a journey around the Sydney train system (suggested route: Redfern -> Bondi, Bondi -> Redfern with a change at Townhall to go via city circle).

The journey is a means for generating poems, using the constraints and principles Jouet developed for his metro poems where the aim is to write a new poem between each stop on a metro ride.

This event extends Jouet’s exercise by making it an activity for a group. While participants write separately and may spend the journey in relative silence the fact that a group of people will simultaneously board a train and begin writing could also be thought about as a kind of creative intervention…perhaps not quite a performance.

The second half of the event would comprise a reading of some of the poems generated by the event as well as further discussion of The Metro Poems and experiences of the event.

Hopefully this will open out a number of areas for discussion; the usefulness of constraints and generative procedures in creative production, the notion of the ‘draft’ – in this exercise the ‘finished’ version of the text is produced in extreme time constraints, location and movement, mapping of the city or an experience of the city.

Ella O’Keefe completed an honours thesis in writing and cultural studies at UTS on the poetry of Barbara Guest in 2009. She has produced radio for The Night Air on Radio National and is a current contributer to Final Draft the books and writing program on 2SER FM.

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Psychedelic blues/live performance/visceral experience

Chloe Hughes & Ion Pearce

Wednesday 27 April, 2010, Serial Space from 7pm

Performance: 30 minutes

OBJECTIVES
To begin with the musical genre of psychedelic blues as foundation upon which to experiment and improvise.
To articulate the following concepts using a live performance format:
1. Movement
2. Inertia
3. Utterance
To provide the audience with a visceral experience using improvised combinations of sound, imagery and spoken word.

VALUE OF THE PRESENTATION
The performance is valuable because it breaks with current conventions of contemporary art, which dictate that the content of a work must be arranged in a manner that explicitly communicates an idea or position to the audience. The proposed work breaks with this approach by generating an experience that responds to the conditions of the moment in which it is created.

METHODS
Initiate movements that proceed with their own momentum.
Superimpose visual and sonic patterns.
Use graphic scores (video projections) to stimulate the improvisers.

INFLUENCES
Spoken word
Psychedelic music

PROCEDURES
The parameters of the free-form performance will be set by the use of the following: spoken word; video projector; video mixer; cello; guitar; drums.

PERFORMERS
Ion Pearce
Chloe Hughes

RESULTS
Creation of a non-linear experience of time and space.
Production of a live work that is directly shaped by the environment it is created in.
Emphasis placed on coincidence and chance rather than the communication of predetermined meaning.

CONCLUSIONS
The work relishes in the potential of the present moment to become a contemplative zone in which the performers utilize the dynamism of time, space and movement.

CHLOE HUGHES is a Sydney-based photographer and video-artist. In 2010 she is undertaking Honours at the College of Fine Arts. Her work pays homage to heroes who seek refuge from normalcy within the myths others perpetuate for them. Hughes uses video as a tool for the creation of worlds which intervene with and undermine one another.

ION PEARCE is a Sydney-based sound artist and composer. Originally trained as a classical cellist he began building sound objects and original instruments in 1989. In 1996 he was awarded a New Media Arts Fellowship attached to the Listening Room ABC FM. He made several documentaries and radio works in South East Asia and has workshopped and toured with musicians from Java, Bali and Japan. He is currently working on a novel and recording a CD.