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Hummingbirds and Hamburgers

Hummingbirds and Hamburgers R&D 2019-2022

In this performance-based project an artist (Christine), a video designer (Erato) and a computer scientist (Nick) collaborate with dancers, choreographers, musicians and different communities of performers to embody the actions embedded in screen-based interfaces and to think about how the symbols and signs of our devices are informing how we move through space and time.
The work emerges from R&D supported by the University of Reading, University of Limerick, University of the Arts, Zurich, Onassis Stegi and The Elephant Trust.

Below are links to further R&D for this project and previous work that has informed it.

Decoding Brecht’s Water Yam at Bonotto.

May 2022: Christine and Nick visit the Bonotto Archive and start working more closely with Fluxus scores and the Arts community around Bassano. Of particular interest is The House of Dust by Alison Knowles because of its use of early computer technology in creating random sequences with phrases. The potential to connect the language of the user interface and Concrete Poetry becomes clear! George Brecht’s Water Yam shows us how a single word can prompt myriad responses and physically playing with the instruction cards engages new ways of thinking about spatio-temporal relations. Yoko Ono’s Grapefruit gets us thinking about how listing instructions numerically can make mundane tasks seem important.

Embodying the video timeline at Reading School of Art

January 2022: R&D at Reading School of Art by Christine and Nacheal Catnott 21/1/22.
A 7 metre long editing timeline made from a range fabrics and plastics becomes a performative environment. We can rearrange time in digital space in linear sequences that make it seem maluable (cropable, squeezable, extendable) but with ‘concrete’ materials there are different physical considerations. It becomes clear that the sections need somehow to be moveable, rearrangable.

Let’s Interface the Music and Dance (Film).

December 2021: Let’s Interface the Music and Dance gets exhibited at Museum Strauhof, Zurich. Exhibition: On Waiting … For Their Words To Leave Our Mouth.

2020-2021: Community outreach meetings to consider ways to expand the range of user experiences that we draw from and create a wider reach with the work.
– with Kimberley Harvey Candoco dance artist and leader of the Candoco youth dance group
+ Elaine from Sadler’s Wells Company of Elders.

February 2020: Movement R&D, Black Mountain Beach, Peleponese, Greece. Christine and Erato Scroll Across

October 2019: Christine and Nick travel to Huddersfield University to see the Experimental Score in the British Music Collection Archives. They discover a set of scores called Music for Young Players published by Universal Edition in the 1970s and subsequently find a book called Projects in Sound by British Composer Brian Dennis. This book contains a selection of the scores for Young Players alongside notes and guidance for teachers with little or no musical training. Projects in Sound becomes a key reference for this project. The integration of avant-garde scores with accessible notes for educators is of core interest but also the way that the scores are all based on ordinary tools that helps us in our every day such as clocks and maps. We draw from this approach on the premise that today one of the most common tools we engage daily is the screen interface. It’s signs, symbols and mechanisms are increasingly ubiquitous and within 40 years have come to represent the ordinary.

Reading Fringe Festival 2019

July 2019: Christine, Marian and Robbie lead a Participatory Workshop for all ages at The Harris Garden for Reading Fringe Festival.

May 2019: Interdisciplinary R&D seminar Christine, Erato and Nick talk user interfaces with Mariana Marquez (choreographer and speech coach) and Robbie McKane (film director). Movement takes place in the Reading School of Art studios and The Harris Garden, Reading.

February 2019: Audio-visual R&D, reading School of Art. Christine and Erato.

micro soft words for dummies and enlightened beings, Live Performance at Iklectik Art Lab, 2018.

July-September 2018: Erato and Christine invite musician Graham Dunning to co-lead a workshop with Reading-based artists at Reading School of Art. We develop scores based on discussions and experiments with sound-making devices made with found objects. This culminates in Live performances at South Street Arts Centre and Iklectik Art Lab London.

December 2017: Erato and Christine work with Mariana, 3 performers at Minghella Studios.

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