Live Art Meets at Exeter Phoenix

22 May

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Hello and welcome to LIVE ART MEETS… the only platform in Exeter to share, perform and discover LIVE ART.

It’s at Exeter Phoenix on the 4th Tuesday of the month. Follow @shinyshoeclaire (that’s me!) and @exeter_phoenix for updates too.

9:02pm It has begun! Follow the hashtag #LiveArtMeets for updates too.

9:06pm First wooo from the audience, can you gues what that was about?

9:09pm First piece is called ‘Kiss Me’ by Claire Burke.

9:12pm People are extrememly polite. If a pretty girl had a large sign above her head stating ‘kiss me’ – what would you do?

9:13pm Wondering what thoughts were behind the piece… why were so many people (mainly men) happy to go & kiss without asking, or further explanation. Would you go and kiss someone because they had a sign saying to do so?

9:16pm Or maybe I’m being cynical there’s just lots of love to go around.

9:17pm Artist Nicci Wonnacott, screens her piece, ‘Purifying America’.

9:18pm The music is hypnotic, and her movements hypnotic, it’s really rather enjoyable to watch and I’m finding it difficult to do anything but that.

9:20pm What do the colours green, purple and white mean to you?

9:26pm To mean they symbolise the suffragettes.

9:31pm Part of the next performance is about reading text on the screen. Off to find out what’s on the screen.

9:34pm I like the idea of putting lines of text and people have freedom to move about the page and read them at different times and in different order. Does that mean different conclusions. If any?

9:34pm Nine people have got up to read the text so far.

9:35pm It must be difficult to put decide what to write, how do you decide what to write. Especially when you know people will read it so closely.

9:36pm Are words used in live art like tweeting? #LiveArtMeets

9:43pm Wonnacott’s calm and slow breathing seems to have put a peace & sense of complete calm over the audience. It’s so melodic and lovely to listen to.

9:43pm My silence should tell you how hard it is to form opinions and write when what you really want to do is listen and relax.

9:54pm That was my thoughts on Live Art Meets. Perhaps see you at the next on Tuesday 26 June at Exeter Phoenix Cafe Bar.

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