Project Description

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!

THE WORK

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

Alistair Gentry

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

EVENTS

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

Pop-up Pianos

  • 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.

PARTNERS

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”

Audience member

“So VERY excited. The whole city was alive that week and encountering the street art made that very real for me.”

Audience member

“It created sense of community and excitement”

Audience member

“Unusual, unexpected, completely off-script of the daily experience. So generous of the performers and organisers.”

Audience member

“Fun, chaotic, DIY… telling my story”

Audience member on Asthma

Really great work, more please!”

Audience member

“Funny, moving, original… It was therapeutic!”

Audience member on The Song Dispensary

“Experimental, quirky, avant garde”

Audience member on Asthma

“A real tonic!”

Audience member on Asthma

“Magical, atmospheric”

Pop-up pianos

“Humbling, evocative, wonderful”

Audience member on The Song Dispensary

“Fun, unexpected, original… liberating”

Audience member on Alistair Gentry

“Absolutely blimmin’ amazing! Innovative, friendly… very clever people”

Audience member on The Song Dispensary

“Fun, inclusive, friendly”

Audience member on Alistair Gentry

“The Song Dispensary – OMG, genius and unbelievably great. It was such a special thing to receive.”

Audience member on The Song Dispensary

“taking my mind off my problems”

Pop-up pianos

“Fun, enjoyable, inclusive”

Pop-up pianos

VIDEO

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PEOPLE

Co-visioned and produced by Paula Crutchlow from Blind Ditch and Matt Burrows, Curator at Exeter Phoenix.  Pop-up pianos produced in partnership with Marie Belston and Nick Hall from Music in Devon Initiative. Supported by staff and colleagues at Exeter Phoenix, Art Week Exeter and Project Manager Kerrie Seymour.
Piano painting by Cleo Jones aka Miss C’s Graffiti Academy (pink and green), Sissy Lange (red), Aisha Hall and Gala Hills from Metronomic Underground (white).

RELATED EVENTS

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 Competitiona 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 LINKS

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.

RIGHT NOW WE ARE…

…developing Ghost Train with Thelma Hulbert Gallery and East Devon District Council. Please Get In Touch if you have memories or thoughts on the former Avocet line between Exmouth and Sidmouth.

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RIGHT NOW WE ARE…

…developing Ghost Train with Thelma Hulbert Gallery and East Devon District Council. Please Get In Touch if you have memories or thoughts on the former Avocet line between Exmouth and Sidmouth.

EVENTS

NEWS/THOUGHTS

 

NEWSLETTER

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