June 03, 2005

This Man Stole My Heart…


courtesy of Edward SG Greig Esq.

Procrastination..

Follow-up to My Top Three from 1 in a million, 2 is a crowd, 3 is company, 4's not allowed

As I pretend to revise Stanislavski;s role in the Rise of the Director I listen to:

Alas Agnes - The Mystery Jets
Awesome band from my local area who've suported British Sea Power, Bloc Party and The Futureheads
They also sung to me once

Arcade Fire - No Car's Go
Uplifting track of thier early EP from the best band of this year (bar Maximo Park)

Truely astonishing album (Funeral), and this one ain't half bad neither

The White Stripes - Take Take Take
Described by NME as a bluegrass Stan, this is a song off their new LP about Rita Hayworth from the point of view of a besotted fan. Jack White has excelled himself lyrically and musically on this track, a trend that is the case right through Get Behind Me Satan. Apparently Jack White got married yesterday which seems curious in light of the bitter, lonesome feel to the album....hard to know what to believe though when its being billed as his first marriage


For those in need of something to look forward to during this stressful period

Writing about web page http://www.sunion.warwick.ac.uk/portal/ents/Default.asp?url=event&event_id=1353


June 01, 2005

Few Things To Clear Up – WERLY GIG2005 (aka another drama social)

Writing about WERLYGIG JUNE 14th from Cook Pass Babtridge

RaW and WERL Members 2.50 in Advance now

Non Members 3.50 in Advance now

Tickets One Pound More On The Door
Though for the acts playing it is sure to be a get-your-moneys-worth kinda deal:

The Trend
'Chris Martin-They are better than you, mate" Glasswerk 2005

Post War Years
Local lads with anthemic, quirky, singlalong indie

'G' Is For Giles
Jack Johnson-alike with suntanned, mature tunes

MORE TO BE CONFIRMED WITH POSSIBLE SPECIAL ACOUSTIC ACT - A VERY FAMILIAR FACE

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April 08, 2005

My Top Three

Writing about Top 3 from The Land of the Bashmore

H'Okay Mr Ashmore….
this week i have mostly been singing>

1. The Night I Lost My Head - Maximo Park
From the new album which i ahem*illegally*ahem downloaded…is one and a half minutes of pure ectasy in the form of jumpy, lyrical magic

2. C-C (You Set The Fire) - Tom Vek
Still waiting for the album to arrive in t'post but seen him live three times and this song has been swimming round the radio – is awesome. English Beck sounds good to me, in that he is sounding completely refreshing with his simple sounds that come out of his garage

3. Retreat - The Rakes
Oh my god…this band are awesome..of all the groups pretending to be the new Libertines it is fitting that its these guys who have absolutely no interest in emulating anyone who fit the bill….
Live they are stonking and this song is really understated and addictive.


April 03, 2005

Bored of easter already?

Writing about web page http://www.inbedwithjackanded.co.uk

Bored of easter...?

Fed up of Chocolate and appearing daffodils...?

Perhaps you're trying to put off that essay with an ominously close deadline..?

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March 29, 2005

Cos everyone's doing it…..apparently

Describe yourself using one band and song titles from that band

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Choose a band/artist and answer only in song TITLES by that band:The Libertines
Are you male or female:The Boy Looked at Johnny
Describe yourself:Horrorshow
How do some people feel about you:Narcissist
How do you feel about yourself:Can't Stand Me Now
Describe your ex girlfriend/boyfriend:The Good Old Days
Describe your current girlfriend/boyfriend:New Love Grows On Trees
Describe where you want to be:Up The Bracket
Describe what you want to be:Boys In The Band
Describe how you live:I Get Along
Describe how you love:Music When The Lights Go Out
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March 15, 2005

Our Argument…..

Writing about an entry you don't have permission to view

...seemed to go down well

Despite forgetting lines up until the minute of performance (yes, while people were coming in I was still in Sophie's projection booth looking at our script…at least that's my story!) the argument went as planned. It was very intense with quickfire reponses, a lot of shouting and some angry words!

I think good points of the arguement were:

The fact that it underlined the intention of the piece after the enigmatic opening by signalling the complete divide between men and women
People could identify with nearly every point that was said in the argument and it made the spectator confront their own feelings about the opposite sex
It drew the audience into the piece away from a mere viewing point – they were challenged to back us up or shout down points that were brought up
It brought a different dynamic to the piece because it was a world away from classical script or any traditional dramatic qualities...Me and Zoe tried to give the argument depth and merit whilst still keeping the raw energy and irrationality that a simple argument between a couple would contain...There was swearing and the frustration at the other person with simple walking away in disgust
It showed the stupidity of much of the anger and the banality of many of the complaints and this was emphasised as it was in such close proximity to the spectator with such intensity…Becuase they were drawn into the argument the spectator was also forced to question whether their own complaints were stupid like these were. The effects of trying to get one-up on the other person and undermining them (eg. when i responded to zoe shouting about my memory loss 'what did you say??') also demonstrated this.

Responses To The Argument –

I was happy with the feedback we got to the argument....
It was said that it was realistic and intense and brought a nice dynamic to the piece.
People commented on how they felt drawn into the dispute by involuntarily agreeing with the points raised and therefore they had added interest in the piece as they felt it affected them.
The comedic effect of the piece went down well with some laughter and this helped to create a them against us scenario.
The loud argument was effective in that it provided a nice contrast with the quiet, eerie beiginning and the chilling nature of the end video and peaceful last tableau.


Final Performance

Loose Script:

Audience shown into studio by Hannah and Ian, sending guys left of the brick wall barrier and gals right....lights are off.

Edward's audio introduction begins - it lasts for two minutes. As it progresses the installation begins to 'come alive':
Light revealing art collage

Lights in the booths come on revealing me on the guy's side and zoe on the gal's in neutral poses and wearing clearly masculine (suit) and feminine (skirt) dress

Me and Zoe play the booth sound clip featuring famous speeches which clash with Ed's audio clip creating an interesting and mildly overwhelming effect for the audience

As the sound clip ends the Chorus begins their chanting and movement at the end of the performance speech. They sing, then dance and then recite parts of the text until they reach a crescendo - taking off their masks to reveal very interesting and effective face markings
Whilst this is going on the booths lights fade and the booth sounds are switched off so the focus turns to the Chorus

This is also accompanied by the projection screens which come on as this progressies - they show an image of brutality (again with male bias on one side and female on t'other) in stylised movement shadows lit from behind the screen.

The Chorus finishes and there is a moment of refelction for the audience to take in the art collage or the installation in general. Me and Zoe then slowly made our way in amongst the spectators (crowded around the hanging collage) and Zoe started the argument, with me immediately responding....
the argument took the form of snidey comments about the opposite sex, face to face slagging off, trying to undermine the other with jokes and straight insults and also looking for back up from our 'side' (our gender group) and in this way we tried to mirror a real argument

The arguement ends with us shouting that we want to communicate with each other - at this moment the Medea Film comes on.
The film had men and women carrying out the same practices (walking, standing and reciting texts) and interchanging. In this way it questioned preconceptions and standards of each sex. The text used concerned the cruelty and sensitivity of each sex.

As the film carried on me and zoe, who at first were angry and insular, walked toawrds the film, as if drawn to it. Our body language became more open and less angry and, as the film drew to its conclusion we stodd on either side of the screen staring at each other

This film then sequed into Ian and Rhys' film concerning childhood....The film showed children playfighting and pictures of family happiness. As well as reminding the audience of how this family has been torn apart and the cruelty of the situation it also brought in the idea of Medea and Jason's inner child being released in this argument.
As the film progressed me and zoe moved closer to each other, becoming affectionate. The images of children framed us as we began kissing and then a sheet came down off the catwalk which the Chorus wrapped around us. We moved onto the floor and became covered by the sheet with the film projection moving to be projected on the couple. Therefore these scenes of childhood were clearly linked with this live performance

The film ended with parts of the text recited by an anonymous voice and this final scene on the floor. The film ended and the spectators filtered out.
To bring the audience away the booth lights came on, as did the booth soundclips which reminded the audience of the universal themes we focussed on (equality, feminism etc)


March 14, 2005

Final Preparations

In our final run up to the piece we did a quick run through (with outside advice from one Mr Denard – thanks alot kid!

Me and Zoe rehearsed our argument, forgot words, shouted a lot etc….
We tried to create a real sense of universal anger between the sexes whilst still maintaining an amount of underlying affection this came from me trying to joke with her and accidental smiles between the two parties.....Hoever we tried to conveyed real anger and aggression that got worse and worse. In our rehearsals we tried to make the transitions between points as smooth and natural as possible so it seemed like a real argument whilst still getting in all of our complaints. By the end our points were really quite nasty and we felt we had done well in that we would easily convey tensions between the two sexes

The booths were a constantly changing element.
I felt they were necessary as we had to have as many different elements and mediums in the piece to give the spectator a total sensory experience and keep them engaged constantly. Though they went from walk in booths with headphones > walk in booths with directional speakers > mere decoration with sound coming out to intrigue they ended up as the base for the protagonist (i stood in my booth at the start, zoe in hers).....The work Ian and Owen and others had done to dress them up meant they perfectly framed us and created an effective picture for when the spectators entered and perfectly encapsulated the main focus of the piece. We had sound coming out from them which would draw audience around the space - though this final thing was only decided at the last minute!

We had a problem with the audience moving too far into the performance space (into the video area)
We changed the chorus position to block this off and it also made them the main focus of the whole performance as they were in a traditional front focus place (ie in front of the eyes of the spectator rather than in and around like the collage and me and zoe)

Owen pointed out the movement of the two tableaus behind the screens was at different speeds
We decided that both should move in a more slow, stylised way to keep with the dramatic, darker, eerie nature of the installation and so this was just a matter of conference between Rhys (representing male brutality) and Sophie (representing female evil)


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