Best Wishes for the Solstice Season and the turning of the calendar year.
Daisy Duck, ‘Betty Boop’ (1984) Side 1 of the 3 track 45rpm; Victoria Records, Nice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOaqhcFl6RA
Les Rita Mitsouko, ‘Marcia Baila’ (1985) Video by Philippe Gautier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6FVlfOgTo8
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, ‘Wooly Bully’ (1982) [Live]; included as Track 12 on the Bad Reputation album (1981), this version was recorded in Dortmund on May 1st where the band opened for Queen on their European Hot Space tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YL7LdURzteI
I recently completed my page in Will Clarke’s project, The Book. The Book is an A3 bound volume of blank pages of etching paper. Clarke has invited a number of artists to work on a page each, and as the book makes its journey among them it will build up into a workbook, sketchbook, portfolio.
For the project I considered a way of representing some of the process and action of the performance ‘his voice’ on a page. There are flow diagrams, a representation of some of the visual coding for the Max MSP patch, and some moveable elements that reflect the chance selection of the search terms in the live event.
I have been making some A7 booklets that develop or rework material from the ‘his voice’ project to send to the Tiny Library project. See their website for more information: http://cargocollective.com/tinylibrary/INFO or to submit works of your own.
On Friday 26th August I will perform a version of ‘his voice’ at Sea Change Festival in Totnes, Devon. The event will take place at Birdwood House at 1830hrs (6.30pm).
More information is available here: http://www.seachangefestival.co.uk/arts-line-up/
I will be running a workshop as part of the symposium Language Landscape and the Sublime on June 30th. The workshop is part of a programme running across two days at Dartington and Sharpham estates near Totnes, Devon on June 29-30.
The workshop is a collaborative project between botanist Richard Lewis and myself. We have described it as follows for the participants:
The Overlooked Specimen: Toward a Herbarium for Schumacher College
(a workshop looking at and thinking about looking at plants)
In this workshop we will look at plants, plants that might be overlooked, bringing attention and awareness to them. We will consider how we look, and what we see, and how we tell the story of how we look and how we describe what we see.
A herbarium sheet presents a preserved botanical specimen with information on its name, collector, and location it was found in. There is a proper syntax to the presentation of material on the sheet, allowing for cross-referencing and showing of relationships. We will consider the method of preserving the specimen, and how ways of looking may generate other information that could be included on the sheet.
In preparation for the workshop, as you spend time on the estate during the symposium, and as we walk to the gardens to begin the workshop, notice the plants around you, and notice your noticing.
We look forward to working with you,
Mark Leahy and Richard Lewis