a dramatic sky signals a busy time getting ready for this new season of events
Once I wanted to be a writer, now I write.
Once I wanted to be a Performance Artist, now I perform.
Once I wanted to be a maker of books, I make books.
Once I wanted to be a father, then I got children of my own.
Once I wanted to be a lover, then there was you.
You can make it if you try
And by and by if you don’t give up
You can become your dreams
Sometimes we encounter obstacles
Have faith in your vision
And what you wish to become
Once I wanted to be an astronaut
Then I realised
I am flying thru space
On a small planet we call Earth
One day my spirit shall soar above this temporary home
I’ll look back at all the beautiful things
I will smile
Then I shall let go
And travel speedily
In the blink of an eye
To the next great adventure
God knows where
Thanks for all that I have been
For all what I have seen
For what I was able to do
That is my experience
I sure got lucky
I lived my life in peace
That’s what I wish for all
Peace on Earth
Forever may be.
Forget those historical rights
Aim to live together
For the good of All
Look after what you can.
Pete Kennedy 14.02.2016
I’ve chosen to feature the Clay Jug in my piece for the Society of Bookbinder’s bookart day on 5 March at Kentish Town because has many aspects to it; book, binding, etching, woodcut, letterpress, pottery, prose & poetry so I’ve chosen it as my main focus. Sonia Serrao, who has kindly asked me to be there has requested I do it as a two part presentation, 15 minutes in each.
Here’s one of the books I made what I’ll be going on about.
I have separated it into a short intro-talk with my books as the objects revealed and then they become my props in a new piece of my Performance Art (PA). I am aware that the S-o-B members who attend won’t necessarily be au fe with PA and I promise my piece will be very ‘book’ related. There’ll be music by my young friend Luke Walker which he wrote specifically for my Clay Jug story. I will ‘explain’ the PA piece in my intro and I have been working on the choreography, still am, it’s quite ambitious inasmuch that I wish to use my body to ‘be’ various forms of the book since Sumerians made cuneiform tablets. Which should be easy cos some folk think me as “dumb as a brick.”
And another one which my cat has taken over as his bed!
I thought I had worked out all my moves until I sat for 3 hours watching the wonderful Pina Bausch dancers at Sadlers Wells yesterday and got inspired to add some more (adventurous) bits. http://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2015/tanztheater-wuppertal-pina-bausch-auf-dem-gebirge-hat-man-ein-geschrei-gehort/
So I am spending this week sorting out my piece.
Also, I felt I had to take something new in the bookbinding sense so I am working on a new binding for the collaboration prints that David Jury & me worked up in 2014. I’ve done a ‘dummy’ which has a few teething problems that I hope to iron out between ‘rehearsals’.
Robin rehearsing his PA
Finally, as well as the Bausch Co. there’s another dancer and mask wearer who inspires me toward my PA, Leonard Cohen, here he is with his old age mask, watch it til the end. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuCpTi0EtbU
and here’s some Bowie stuff you should see:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSx3uT9cJ04 bowie duz imagine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jogv7tD18gs rik wakeman on bowie
http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/15/11004570/grammys-2016-lady-gaga-david-bowie-performance lady gaga duz bowie at granmas
That’s real nice! Two bloggerds visited ma site just now and ‘liked’ today’s offering! ‘Likes’ are rare as hen’s teeth in my blArt. AND they tipped my ‘views’ up to 10,000. Thank youse much. Namaste