Visiting artist Clifford Owens reads instructions for Paper Piece, Bejamin Patterson, 1960.

Instructions:

PAPER PIECE
5 performers
intrumentation:
15 sheets of paper per performer approximate size of standard news-
paper, quality varied, newspaper, tissue paper, light cardboard,
colored, printed or plain.
3 paper bags per performer; quality, size and shape varied

duration:
10 to 12 1/2 minutes

procedure:
A general sign from a chairman will begin the piece. Within the
following 30 seconds performers enter at will. The piece ends when the
paper supply is exhausted.

By each performer,
7 sheets are performed
SHAKE
BREAK- opposite edges of the sheet are grasped firmly and sharply
jerked apart
TEAR- each sheet is reduced to particles less than 1/10 size of the
original

5 sheets are performed
CRUMPLE
RUMPLE
BUMPLE-bump between hands

3 sheets are performed
RUB
SCRUB
TWIST- twist tightly to produce a squeaking sound

3 bags are performed
POOF- inflate with mouth
POP!

dynamics are improvised within natural borders of approximate ppp of
TWIST and fff of POP!
each performer previously selects, arranges, materials and sequence of events. arrangement of sequence may concern not only general order - sheet no. 1 SHAKE, BREAK, TEAR; no. 2 RUB, SCRUB TWIST; no. 3 POOF, POP! - the inner order may also be considered-
TWIST, SCRUB, RUB. method of performance should be marked on each
sheet.

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