December 12, 2010 - IUOMA members Cheryl Penn, Erni Baer, and I collaborated on this performance score - "Perforated Bark" - which has been submitted to the Roanoke Marginal Arts Festival to be held in the USA in March of 2011. This excellent event is organized by visual poet Jim Leftwich who is an IUOMA member (and inventor of the term "trashpo" that I so frequently misuse). Since his mail-art call was posted here at the IUOMA, I thought it would be alright to paste it into this blog because it includes some interesting information including a passage by John Cage. You can learn more about it below.
I wanted to provide a bit of documentation about the genesis of "Perforated Bark." A few weeks ago, Cheryl posted the picture of the street sign at IUOMA (don't know her original intent). The sign is the FOUNDation for "Perforated Bark." I was posting my blog early one morning, and I looked at this sign from Durban SA closely. I left a comment saying the sign seemed like the kind of thing from which performance scores are made. The line "Treat installations as alive" in particular held possibilities. However, I wasn't sure where to take it from there. Erni then added a comment applying his dharmadada aesthetics - something about living sculptures. This was the needed concept. All three of us agreed to be collaborators. I put the scorecard together (above), and mailed it to Virgina. Here is the mail-art call:
PARTICIPATION: Open to all
TERMS: No jury, no returns
EXHIBITION: March 3 - 8, 2011, during the Roanoke Marginal Arts Festival. Also a good chance of some of the scores being performed during the festival. Partial exhibits likely at Collab Fests in the weeks and months following the festival.
DOCUMENTATION: Photographic documentation online, in the textimagepoetry flickr sets and on the blogzine, textimagepoem. Some video also likely.
DEADLINE: February 28, 2011
525 10th St. S.W.
Roanoke, VA 24016 USA
an excerpt from:
Composition in Retrospect
by John Cage
EACH ACTIVITY IS CENTERED IN ITSELF, I.E., COMPOSITION, PERFORMANCE, AND LISTENING ARE DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES.
A WORK SHOULD INCLUDE ITS ENVIRONMENT, IS ALWAYS EXPERIMENTAL (UNKNOWN IN ADVANCE).
NO BEGINNING, MIDDLE, OR END (PROCESS, NOT OBJECT).
UNIMPEDEDNESS AND INTERPENETRATION; NO CAUSE AND EFFECT.
ANYTHING CAN FOLLOW ANYTHING ELSE (PROVIDING NOTHING IS TAKEN AS THE BASIS).
INFLUENCE DERIVES FROM ONES OWN WORK (NOT FROM OUTSIDE IT).
ACTIVITY, NOT COMMUNICATION.
THE PRACTICALITY OF CHANGING SOCIETY DERIVES FROM THE POSSIBILITY OF CHANGING THE MIND.