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2 weeks doing performance art.

I’m on fire!pink bonfirebonfire at earth spirit centre

I just spent 2 weeks doing performance art with some TOP TOP people. Jurgen Fritz (JuF)  set up IPA 10 years ago. His fellow leaders were Vest & Page (VaP) amazing, they work as a dyad and Jurgen works alone. 20 of us were split into 2 groups for intensive training over 8 days 10am -10pm each day. Am well knackered now. Especially after staying on for the second week:

“Pop Up Performances

International Performance Association (IPA) Bristol comes to the Arnolfini to present a series of innovative ‘pop-up performances’ by 16 international performance artists;

Alba Murcia (Spain)

Nicole Murmann (Switzerland)

Oozing Gloop Ye Olde (UK) Image001

Taz Burns (UK)

Bojana Videkanic (Canada)

Pete Kennedy (UK)

Andrea Greenwood (UK) andrea greenwood

Jolanda Jansen (Netherlands)

Carol Andrea Montealegre Pinzón (Colombia) andrea carol2

Sam Ford (UK) Image053

Robert Hardaker (UK)

Anna Kosarewska (Ukraine) anna

Öykü Aras (Turkey)

Debbie Guinnane (Ireland)

Amruta Mapuskar (India)

Jamie Burr (UK)

Leo Kay (UK) not in popups. These will take place over three days (22-24 Oct 2015) in the foyer, stairwell and landing areas of Arnolfini, as well as outdoor locations of Castle Park, St Nicholas Market and Bristol Harbour.” This was one inspiring bunch who worked on Performance Art (PA) workshops for 10 hours on 8 days together under the guidance of Vest & Page aka Verena Stenke & Andrea Pagnes  and IPA instigator Jurgen Fritz http://www.fritz-performance.de/.

And boy did they do some good stuff in the streets of Bristol. Jurgen took over 1000 photos which when I get access to I shall be putting some onto this post. Right now however am just notifying yez that ‘AM BACK AND AM DIFFRUNT!’

I played my part as the old fart but they didn‘t seem to mind, in fact they kept saying nice tings and that only encouraged me to do more. I learned that I am a player and so as of this moment my work begins.

And it’ll take more than one blog to describe some of the wonder-full things that occurred down at the Earth Spirit Centre near Glastonbury then in Bristol. For me it was a life-shifting insight into possibilities around the edge of which I have tampered since my first PA piece at St Lukes in Exeter 1973. All of my life has been a preparation for my future PA outputs. My books will tell the story of that life from college days to now and of the old works I did in the visual arts and writing of books then. My future books will reflect my movement into PA. I’m going to move my blArt name on to PArt, no longer blArtin but PArting. Good time to change on the last day of my ‘When I’m 64 period’ and on 27th October I reach my OAPs; the Old Age Pensioner who does Occurring Art Performing.

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The Jug talk at BABE & Bukman dances on.

“… Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. … Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes… In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.” Osho Japanese Zen master, thanks to Paper Ponderer.

So, now I don’t feel so bad after having been happy and sad in equal measure in Bristol at babe last weekend. As always in life, nothing is perfect and we don’t really appreciate the good time without the counterbalance of the not so good times. Like in my little dance, there’s ups and there’s doons.

On the Saturday I spoke with about 30 people about my work and ideas and many, predominantly those with a background in graphics, loved some aspect of my work but like most artist-types, they had no spare cash to spread.

OK, time for a rethink.

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I had put all my eggs in one basket- BABE 2015, which I had looked forward to since BABE 2013. https://apulhed.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/86881/ Most of my ideas had been focussed on two new books, one for BABE 2015 launch.

There’s little point banging my head against a brick wall for the rest of my days and the art-world in all its manifestations is as a brick built juggernaut which I clambered onto in the 70’s and 80’s but fell off and now it trundles on without me. I been over-looked, left behind and all that ‘sadwimpy me’ stuff. I am aware that I should pretend that selling one G BATCH is tantamount to a victory, which it is inasmuch that one person took to it enough to buy one but Honesty a honesty smis my middle name. Honesty is a simple plant , a bit like my self. And am sure he’ll enjoy G BATCH, like the 5 folk who came to my gig appeared to, honest. And so did I. So, if I look at what I really enjoyed it’d be the ‘gig’ & jig and the chat with all those who expressed interest in my works. My favourite moment was watching Nancy Campbell & Donna Williams do their readings. donna williams smDonna used signing (BSL) to ‘say’ her poems as she’s deaf and I loved her dance like hand movements. nancy holds up poem smNancy read some of her Greenlandic words and their English translations and she posed beautifully with her pages. My second favourite moment was talking to my pot peteholdin scroll smand dancing my whirligig to a packed hall of 5 onlookers. Two longstanding friends and three women who were experiencing my dulcet tones for their first time.chris L an me sm

And the street art in Brissolpete in cap jab sm is wonderful here’s moi with my JAB Chicago cap on cos they’re gonna publish an article of mine come the fall.

I gottu ‘do watti got to do, come on and see me when you can. I was looking for that Nina Simone track ‘Come Back and see me when you can’ on utube but couldn’t trace it. But I found this Wailing Jennings track which is sad but lovely and it seems the person who uploaded it thought Wail-on must have aimed high with the women he wished for, or did he have them then lose loose them? Then Wail on Jennings! Anyhow, I aimed high and now I seem to have scorched my wings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-5_LN1_RC4

 Pete’s Rede..ready..Reed-Read Poem:

I must ree

Re treat from artist’s books events

I shall

Re cite my poems again where I can

Maybe I shud

Re price my wares better

Re novate my spirit

Re sight my activities to venues more appropriate to their wide remit

Re prise, simply, my 1970’s books now Apul-One is having its 40th birthday

Re ignite my solo exhibitions in libraries so I can exhibit my big pictures as well as books

Re concile myself to the fact my work is not attracting punters and fellow artist book makers

Re clude and retink my output

Re uniting with a old college friend for the first time in 20 years was great

Re instate my performances

Re figure my mailing list (tick the box, done today)

Re voke my desire to inform all in sundry just post my blArts and let folks find em IF they so wish

Re constitute the mix of my output

Re vive my hopes

Re negotiate my position

Re linquish my wish to join the gods of ‘art’ and just be me

Re birth I am born again now I see my past arts more clearly and

Re nascence I have taken a new look at life to

Re quire a fee or a burse-a-ree

Re view of where I been and wur am goin and wur I stand

Re member to thank Dave D. for his great company and his filming ma wee dance

Re appraise my place in it all and I shall

Re surrect my work and let you see it but

Re vived in new formats as I shall outline in my nex blArt, Ohh Bee Joy Full (w/e 24th Avril)

De tox not needed as I don’t imbibe

De tension myself, don’t expect so much just be there and enjoy the atmosphere

De light in the positives forgit the negatives or just use them to learn from

De railed was my idea that I was getting ‘out there’ and coming thru

De livery of my ‘show’ did occur just ask one of the 5 who saw it

De luded no more now I know my stuff isn’t sell (at least I can’t sell out!)

De terminated I shall shift my focus making most of my books into ‘one off unique’ objects

See you again sometime way up along that Inscrutable Destiny Way.

You can see my artlife history here: https://apulhed.wordpress.com/about/ and ‘ta’ to G E Gallas fer liking it, you are a supreme artiswomanhonoraryblokepersonage

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Ohh Bee Joy Full