Live art with a musical twist… rock up… join in… and show your appreciation through donations directly into the artists pockets!
Context: Democratic and open to anyone, debating taste, place and disruption, music helps… and so does live art!
Asthma – Get It Off Your Chest
Asthma experiment with noise making as a way to realise political frustrations. They’ve been gathering a sound bin of discarded, accidental and overlooked stuff and sounds from Exeter’s streets… join them for a live, improvised collaboration between voices and sound scrap for a musical dance jam of a performance and let out a collective scream. Asthma are performance makers Alice Human and Hannah Sullivan
Criticisms such as “a five year old could do that” are often levelled at contemporary art, and especially performance artists. Almost anyone – including animals, like chimps and elephants- can make and share deliberate images, sounds and movements, but could a five year old actually make contemporary art? What defines the difference between art and non-art, especially for general and unspecialised audiences? And conversely, are the proverbially easy things that five year olds do really so easy? Alistair Gentry will find out by taking a toy piano to the streets and publicly learning music from scratch using a system designed for kindergarten children. This live art busking pitch is equally influenced by John Cage’s works for toy or prepared pianos, and by the most basic comedy tactic of a grown man playing a very small piano very badly. Read Alistair’s blog post
Princessin Hans – The Song Dispensary
A trusted partner for your medical-musical needs! The Song Dispensary dispenses music like the chemist dispenses medicine. Sign up for your own personal consultation to decide what kind of song they can make that best suit your needs. Return a short time later to pick up your original song, performed for you live. As an audience member you can watch and listen as they compose and dispense their musical medicine. Your song will later go online at The Song Dispensary for you to listen to at home. In the interests of patient confidentiality the online version of your song will only be recognisable to you.
The song alchemists are Hans Kellett & Jörg Hochapfel from Berlin based punk chanson band Princessin Hans. princessinhans.de
Photos by Benjamin J Borley and the public
As part of AWE 2017
Get It Off Your Chest by Asthma
- 10am – 5pm Sat 13 May Exeter Central Station
- 10am – 5pm Sun 14 May Art Market, Exeter Quay
- 10am-5pm Sat 20 May Exeter City Centre & Exeter Quay
A Five Year Old Could Do That by Alistair Gentry
- 10am – 5pm Sat 13 May in sites across Exeter city centre
- 10am – 4pm Sun 14 May Art Market, Exeter Quay
- 10am – 5pm Fri 19 May Exeter City Centre
- 10am – 5pm Sat 20 May Exeter City Centre & Exeter Quay
The Song Dispensary by Princessin Hans
- 10am – 5pm Thu 18 May Exeter Library
- 10am – 5pm Fri 19 May Guildhall Shopping Centre
- 11am– 6pm Sat 20 May The Boat Shed, Exeter Quay
- Sat 13 – Sat 20 May 10am – 5pm Exeter Library, Guildhall Shopping and The Boat Shed at Piazza Terracina
Visit on Sat 13 May for the chance of happening upon a jazz jamming session from Neil Todd and Charlie Hearneshaw, launching the first day of piano pop-ups in the city. The Neil Todd Ensemble will be at Exeter Library 10-11am, Guildhall 12-12.45pm, and The Boat Shed 3-3.45pm.
Street LAB is an artist-led project visioned by Blind Ditch and Exeter Phoenix in partnership with Music In Devon Initiative. The project is funded by Exeter City Council and Arts Council England, and supported by Exeter Library, Guildhall Shopping Centre and The Boat Shed, a Bike Shed Theatre project.
WHAT WAS SAID
“Brilliant! Exeter as a cultural city…Didn’t expect to encounter it”
“So VERY excited. The whole city was alive that week and encountering the street art made that very real for me.”
“It created sense of community and excitement”
“Unusual, unexpected, completely off-script of the daily experience. So generous of the performers and organisers.”
“Fun, chaotic, DIY… telling my story”
Really great work, more please!”
“Funny, moving, original… It was therapeutic!”
“Experimental, quirky, avant garde”
“A real tonic!”
“Humbling, evocative, wonderful”
“Fun, unexpected, original… liberating”
“Absolutely blimmin’ amazing! Innovative, friendly… very clever people”
“Fun, inclusive, friendly”
“The Song Dispensary – OMG, genius and unbelievably great. It was such a special thing to receive.”
“taking my mind off my problems”
“Fun, enjoyable, inclusive”
Website of infamous music and visual art group Throbbing Gristle
A performance of John Cage’s famous 4′ 33″ by the BBC Symphony Orchestra
Protest Song Competition – a live art and video project about protest songs typically associated with movements calling for social change.
More about street pianos and street piano projects all over the world.
Project co-producers Exeter Phoenix are a hub of creative activity for all sectors of the Exeter population.
Project partners Music in Devon Initiative are a network for musicians and music industry professionals in Devon.
Art Week Exeter is an art festival for Exeter across the city.
Exeter Library is ‘the city’s living room’ with cafe, business knowledge hub and maker spaces… as well as books.
Guildhall Shopping is newly developed shopping and dining centre in central Exeter.
The Boat Shed is a pop-up venue initiated by The Bike Shed Theatre.