A busy day, which means I don’t really feel the urge to write about it because it was busy and I want to go to bed, but that’s the paradox of journal writing and we must push on through.
Started day with a meeting with Ben and Kerry for a TBA thing, though I got there an hour early so made the most of being in the wrong place at the wrong time to work through the Scrivener tutorial. It’s a text editor with a bunch of research tools embedded in for gathering and organising ideas and stories. I’m thinking of using it for my art research where I tend to get loads of seemingly random bits and bobs which I want to make sense of. I’ve struggled so far with seeing the bigger pictures so am hoping this might help. It comes highly recommended anyway.
An amusing thing about TBA is Kerry will be doing it with her Created in Birmingham hat on. I’ll never leave that blog behind, will I.
Then back to BOM for the afternoon where, amongst other things, I rewrote the front page of Art Pete emphasising the three areas of my work at the moment – Bham Obscura, Cross City Walks and the Bom Fellowship. I also, sadly, removed some of the sarcasm and probably upped the artspeak, but it’s aimed at the art world so that’s okay.
Gemma Marmalade’s solo show was opening at BOM tonight and, inevitably, Karen roped me in to fix some random unforeseen problem at the last minute, which is just the sort of thing I enjoy. A giant thermometer had to be fixed to the window but sticky-stuff wasn’t working. I proposed using wood, but had taken all my saws home that week. In the end, with an hour to go before the launch, I used a hacksaw on wood and giant screws to create a baton across the window frames, and astonishingly it doesn’t look shit.
Gemma’s show is really nice with some neat ideas and a playful vibe, and even if you’re not down with the conceptual stuff she’s got some gorgeous photos on the walls. Pop in and see it.
After that Andy (young film-maker Andy I do the walks with – I know, there are always too many Andys in my life) and I walked down to Vivid for some performance stuff which I knew very little about but which came recommended. Fleck is a touring thing where the big draw for me was live typing projected on the screen, kinda like watching words appear on a shared Google Doc. I really liked the idea of using typing as a form of storytelling, the rhythm of the letters appearing adding meaning and emphasis to the words themselves. But, possibly because I got obsessed with the methodology, possibly because my feet were hurting, the actual content felt a bit thin and occasionally juvenile. I wanted to feel something because all the pieces seemed to be there, but I wasn’t really. Hmm.
But that idea of typing as performance. That is solid gold, man.
Darren Joyce was their guest for the Birmingham show. He’s a member of Modified Toy Orchestra, which many of you will know is a bit of an obsession for me. Here’s some nice photos of him. His performance was fantastic. A rich and deep mix of found and manipulated sounds with moments that could only be described as Lynchian. I was rapt.
Had a good chat with Annie Mahtani in the interval, catching up with stuff we’re up to. She’s keen to come on a Cross City Walk and record the sounds. Exciting!
That wasn’t so bad. Once you start this writing thing is a doddle.