666_events six day global happening read - respond - relax - repeat January 23rd - 28th 2012 www.sixhundredandsixtysixevents.com project statement 666_events will take place over six days at the end of January 2012. People, whoever they are and wherever they happen to be are invited to take part in a global performance, interpreting short instructions, producing all manner of results. Each of the six events will last an entire day, repeated, exactly or totally differently, 111 times, in quick succession or freely/precisely spaced. If each repetition were to last thirteen minutes, then the participants day would be totally engulfed, however, make each repetition last a couple of seconds and ninety-nine per cent of the day is left free. Performances can be meticulously planned in advance or spontaneously improvised on the day. Participants need not complete every event, but are free to pick and choose, following the time zone of their country. It is hoped, but not obligatory, that performances will be documented, in audio/visual form, or more abstractly in poetry, sculpture or sketch. However, this is not the central aim of the project and no-one need even know a performance has happened. Performances themselves can span the spectrum from private, unobserved and solitary to extravagant, collaborative and public. There are of course, as many ways to interpret these instructions as there are people to read them, wherein lies the focus of the excitement, coupled with knowing that somewhere in the world someone else may well be asking the same silly, serious, surreal or standard questions. Also, they need not be physical, but can be of the mind, perhaps more spiritually concentrated. Ultimately every question asked, action taken and energy expended is part of a much larger, shared experience, called, 666_events. Monday 23rd January Cut into an item of clothing you are wearing Tuesday 24th January Compose and deliver a nonsense email Wednesday 25th January Stop a stranger and ask for directions to a place that doesn’t exist Thursday 26th January Post an unnecessary notice on a wall Friday 27th January Read a line of text written by the Marquis de Sade Saturday 28th January Write a message on a paper aeroplane and deliver it to the air
"For the Birds" by Matthew Lee Knowles and Neil Luck Illustration by Adam de la Cour Seven groups of people moving around seven locations within Bunhill Fields Cemetery revisiting texts by reading them in seven different ways. Monday 8th September 1 - 2pm We are currently looking for performers for this event. Performers are required to choose their own text and familiarise themselves with the instructions. There will be no rehearsal. Don't worry if you don't consider yourself a performer, all you need is your normal speaking voice - nothing else. Please show interest by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org Bunhill Fields Cemetery is a 2 minute walk from Old Street Tube, 3 minute walk from Moorgate, 4 minute walk from Liverpool Street. It is accessible from Bunhill Row and City Road.
Sounds Like: John Cage, Erik Satie, Morton Feldman, FLUXUS MUSIC, Gavin Bryars
Bio: I completed my composition degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2008, under Richard Baker and Paul Newland. My final portfolio received the Frank Prindl Prize for the highest mark. Whilst there I performed many times, wrote several theatre scores and instigated exhibitions and col...See Full Bio
“ Matthew Lee Knowles is a composer, poet, pianist and teacher living in London, with a prolific catalogue of compositions (traditionally and graphically notated), poems, theatre scores, happenings, events, paintings and performances to his name. KLK was set up by Matthew, with Neil Luck and Josh Kaye to perform spokenwordmusic. A first album has now being recorded and will be released on Squib Box Records. Six_Events (2008), Sixty_Six_Events (2010) and 666_Events (2012) are performance projects on a massive, global scale, which Matthew will continue with every two years, in collaboration with composer Andy Ingamells. Matthew recently curated his own art exhibition with George Chambers at Oxford University (Ejected Material), finished his first play (Kidnapped), his first opera libretto, for Squib Box and epic piano solo (For Alan Turing)”
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