After 2 weeks of building, decorating , cleaning and creating the work the show build is finally over. After a few hiccups regarding the space I was given and several moves around at last minute I am quite satisfied with the final outcome. The first move was one out of necessity as I started with a very small wall but wanted to create a more immersive experience that would be able to surround you and direct you into the video documentation playing on a screen. The second (slight) move that was made one the day before the deadline was that to double my space. This was very much a exciting and encouraging move as I wouldn’t be sharing the space and I was able to create much more work on the walls and and fully make the space my own meaning I was able to reach my goal of a fully immersive sized show.
Here you can see a couple of the coloured bits used to show the work of collaboration with other people that I scalped out of vinyl compared to the sources material I used from my pervious performances.
Looking back if I had know about the size changes I would have laid out the work diffrently and started much earlier as I was only able to do small bits of the coulour on the walls due to late notice and a time consuming making process. Also I think that knowing I would be having a very large space the show I would have set up a section in the centre where people could sit and relax together, talk, listen to the music or just look at the work from the centre of the space.
For my degree show I want the main eliment to be focusing on the performance aspect of my work. The idea of a performance on the opening night was simple but what I would show for the duration of the show was a counfuing dicission. After having problems with the space I was allocated I was able to move to a more suitable place consisting of a large L shape in which I will display a video of my previous performances with sound within the corner of the space. The large scale drawingings that where created during my latest performance I see now as unsuitable for the level of professionalism of the degree show so I have decided to take the marks made by other people and reinterpret them in combination with my own straight into the walls while listening to the different performances.
The drawings on the wall will start at the entrance of the space and will slowly lead the view into he space and towards the video piece at the far end of the wall.
Using bright colours, similar to that of the participants work from my performance, of sticky back vynl it will allow the collaborative work to stand out more from the work that I have created solo and therefore help push my ideas of showing the work of collaboration.
From my previous performance in which I invited participants to join me and my ideas about visual sound art and assembled a band with similar ideas and created a performance. I invited audience members to join in with us and view and listen to this sensory experience. Now with my new research into the roles of participation within performance I am now invited the audience of my performance to take part and also became the artist by reinterpreting the sound and music from the performance back into visual msuuic scores.
Also for this performance I have given the new joiners of the band children’s musical toys rather then asking them to bring there own internments. This allows anyone to join my small community, not just ones that have there own instrument. But also the aspect of playing and fun that comes with the use of toys and other objects that remind us of childhood. This straightaway broke down barriers and created convosation before the performance had started. (WHY)
The video footage and the large scale drawings that have been created are the start of plans I have towards when I would like to exhibit for my degree show. Rather then only having work created by me within the show I would like to show the collaborative work for the reminded to the audience and myself that the my art is that of community and social interactions/ friendships.
Looking into collaborative work and allowing the audience to become participants and artists I decided to start inviting people to work with me within my sketchbook. I consider my sketch book and working within it a private and intimate thing so allowing someone to work inside it with me was the beginning of a conversation I had with the participant that lead to us making even just the smallest improvement in our relationship. (whether that be closer friends or acquaintances). We both started with the same simple instructions that I have been following for all of my work this year that consists of drawing to what we here.
Using different colours to distinguish between the two different artists within the on piece of work allowing you to be able to see how me and the other participant worked together within the small space. I am defiantly interested in carrying on this collaborative drawing and am interested in taking this a step further into a larger scale consisting of drawing at a live performance. This will allow not only the connections between the band members but the audience themselves and the audience and the band.
My first live performance piece went better then expected. Many people turned up to help me performer and also watch. The orchestra consisted of my self on flute, two saxophones, recorder, cornet, maraca, guitar, home made large horn and a artist noise machine. The performance was recoded for the future album to sell at the show and also videoed.
During the performance the machine that I built for the scroll broke but was still functioning and the performance didn’t stop.
After this I plan on creating another perforce for my degree show and possibly the idea of recreating this performance but with a more professional set up such as matching uniforms for the orchestra (like the visual impact of John Cage’s 4’33”) and a better working machine. Also I have been thinking about having other artists or myself reacting live to the performance turing the sound back into mark marking.
With my future plans of creating a live performance I needed to create a way of viewing the entire 20m of music scrolls. This meant that I would have to make some kind of machine that would wheel along the entire length of the work.
Drawing on the basic layout of a cassette tape I built two wooden spools the same hight of my scrolls and mounted them half a meter apart on a length of wood. By placing large elastic bands on the top and the bottom both spools are able to spin at the same time.
I originally planned on having that machine motorised but the process was too complicated and I am lucky to be able to get a volunteer to more the machine during the performance.
After creating the previous sound tracks that consisted of 7/ 5 minutes and where created from scrolls that where created form 2+ hours I decided that to be able to get a more direct representation of the marks into music everything would have to be created with the same time duration. So for these I hid and recorded 10 minutes of background and spacial noise then recreated this over 1o meter (1 meter = 1 minute). This time to the musician the only rule I gave was that they had to follow the same rules.
The images are that of both scrolls place on top of each other for easier viewing. Each section should be viewed a strip at a time left to right and then fallow on to the one underneath it.
From this you can directly view the marks on the paper and here the noise they create, liking this more to a time score on sheet music. Below is a video of the imagery scrolling across the screen as this is another way my work can be shown without the need for a large space and audience movement.