Visiting artist Clifford Owens reads instructions for Paper Piece, Bejamin Patterson, 1960.
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
10 to 12 1/2 minutes
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
BREAK- opposite edges of the sheet are grasped firmly and sharply
TEAR- each sheet is reduced to particles less than 1/10 size of the
5 sheets are performed
BUMPLE-bump between hands
3 sheets are performed
TWIST- twist tightly to produce a squeaking sound
3 bags are performed
POOF- inflate with mouth
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