first performed at the Guildhall New Music Festival 2008, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London by Ella Jarman Pinto (speaker) and Yshani Perinpanayagam (piano)
in this video:
Ella Jarman Pinto (speaker)
Matthew Lee Knowles (piano)
The text was created by walking around the Tate Modern during its Long Weekend, about Fluxus, with many performances and events. I walked around the entire building for hours, writing down snippets of conversations onto postcards. I got home and pieced them together to make this text.
The fast speaking was inspired by Samuel Beckett's "Not I" amazingly performed by Billy Whitelaw, and I have employed this method in another recent piece "The Story of a Magnificent Banquet" based on the Marquis de Sade's "120 days of Sodom" first performed by Neil Luck (speaker) and Matthew Lee Knowles (harpsichord)
In 1962, from September 1st to 23rd, the "Fluxus Festspiele Neuester Musik" took place in Wiesbaden. These unconventional concerts became the hour of birth for a new movement in art. More information: fluxus50wiesbaden.de.
One highlight of the festival were the "Piano Activities" – a concert in which a grand piano was „played“ with such enthusiasm that it was completely destroyed in the end. 50 years later the piece will be performed again as an interactive installation. People from all over the world can play the role of the artists now. People like you.
The internet installation "Piano Interactivities" gives users the chance to strike the keys of a grand piano. With an axe, that is. Or scratch the paint with a saw, beat the strings with a hammer or drop a huge brick onto it. Don’t ask. It’s a good thing.