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Talking To The Moon in Colchester.

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There was a full moon tonight and I awoke at 2am to take some photos of our nearest neighbour, some may tink am a bit nutty?

You’re not going to believe this but I am already preparing for my Book Launch at Colchester Arts Centre (CAC) scheduled for November 5th 2017. Apart from my books and artworks being there I shall do some Performance Art (PA). I know the things I’d like to do and with the ambience and assistance at CAC I am certain that it’ll be the best venue so far where I’ve done my PA stuff. I shall use this Bruno Mars Talking To The Moon piece https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9pXeziqdLc in my The Three Graces (see below).

However. Whatever I plan at the moment may change dramatically as I am about to go to Germany to spend time with my PA heroes Vest & Page (aka Verena & Andrea). This is a link to a trailer of their 2016 film, ‘Plantain’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS80Ki-T9bI   Their workshop is phenomenal like their work and I shall leave it a different Performance Artist to the one I am now. Hopefully a better one, of that I have little doubt. The last time I did PA in the company of V&P I poured wine over my head, I had pancake dough plopped on it too, leaves and grass all over my body and the gathered onlookers were laughing at my antics which, I must warn you, only encourages me to do more!

pete & jamiephoto ©jurgen fritz 2015

For those of you who need to know more about what PA is I can say that it is whatever the PA artist decides it is (Jurgen Fritz said in 2015, “Pete does what Pete does and that is what it is.”). PA can be very short, just a few minutes or very long, several days non-stop which is called ‘durational’ [or endurance, for the person doing PA and the potential audience]. You won’t have to ‘endure’ mine as am only planning on 3 pieces each about 15 minutes long.

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Working towards the definitive Apulhed Mask

I have also prepared the definitive Mask of Apulhed(man) and have been doing ‘research at Tate Modern where I saw the South Korean Geumhyung Jeong make her masks come to life. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/zm37m8/geumhyung-jeong-at-tate-modern-tanks-seven-different-ways Also went to see avant garde Flamenco dancer Rocio Molina at Barbican cos I want to put about 60 seconds of ‘flamenco’ into ma gig. This week I went to see Michael Clark Company do his tribute to David Bowie at Barbican. As there’s quite a bit of (purported) dance in ma gig am hoping their moves influence my body in a positive way. It was a good night of dance, a bit short at 90 minutes including a 20 mins interval but it was good to see how good Clark dances.

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Geumhyung Jeong reflecting after her battle with her rather naughty masks.

The link below will show you some very differing PA pieces with a go at describing the form that is PA in the first para. :

http://www.complex.com/style/2013/04/the-25-best-performance-art-pieces-of-all-time/pandrogeny Two of my favourites are Oskar Schlemmer and Laurie Anderson.

There are ‘purists’ who tend to prefer not to use music, dance, or spoken word and like to do intense, mysterious-meaningful actions which may be about political or ethical issues. I am not a purist. I like to use music, dance, spoken word and changes of garb. I like to tell stories through movement & masks in my PA, stories about myself and the state of the world as I find it now and how it was when I moved through the years I have lived. Not a lot has changed over the years, the rich get richer and the rest of us just have to muddle on doing the best we can. I need faith hope & love to carry on pushing creative outcomes which make people think and maybe even entertain for as long as I am able, I am just so fortunate to be able. Ability takes years to accumulate and it can disappear in the blink of an eye so I make as much use of my time as I can.

a smsi cova wordsThis is a cover I designed but did not use for the book.

So, at the moment the stories I shall focus on will be taken from the book I have just published called The Shrewd Idiot. I knew the idiot well and I feel for his inability to get things right in his life. At the time portrayed in the book (1969-73) he didn’t know his ass from his twits. He was in fact a very lucky man with many friends and some were very close to him yet he often went out searching for more. One thing I know now, after all these, was that he rarely felt or showed any sense of being ‘worthy’. He didn’t comport himself with the pride and feeling of value that many of his achievements warranted.  Once he had achieved some good accomplishment he never rested on his laurels, he moved immediately on, to the next challenge.

When it came to his relationships with women, like many men, the one he was with was rarely the one he wanted to stay with and he was always looking for a better model. The idiot never understood that ‘a bird on the handle is worth two in the brush’ or summat like that. So, in almost all he did, and he did a lot, he was never satisfied. And one reason he couldn’t get his head together and think straight was cos he spent a lot of his evenings under the influence of alcoholic beverage. “Pissed all th’time”, some were heard to say when asked about his state of mind. In the Colchester Arts Centre PA at 2pm on 5Nov 2017 My 67 year old self will have some dialogue with my ‘Self’ from the early 1970’s, that’s if he remembers to turn up, sobre.

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Self Portrait painted by the idiot aged 18 in 1969. I use the face as a mask in the CAC PA.

His drinking sprees will not be the subject of the PA, but his relations with women are in a piece called The Three Graces (about the 3 women he actually liked to be with…most of the time). Between 1969 and 1973 the idiot had relations of quite intense quality with 3 young women (these didn’t overlap…much) but lost all 3 because of his inability to show commitment. Actually he could commit. He committed to being Social Secretary at college, to playing football for the 3rd eleven at college and to ‘making art’ but that didn’t help his relationships in fact it very much undermined them. So The Three Graces is about the idiot’s feelings of loss after they had all wandered away from him.

Sounds really sad dunnit? But no, it was not only sad, it was uplifting, the idiot had to look at what he did and change for the better, which he did but it took decades and the help of a good woman to bring him through to a better place. Her identity is not evident in The Three Graces PA, but she was there for him as he managed to settle down, have a family and eventually stop savouring the evil brew.

The idiot eventually did be shrewd and now he has published some memoirs. And the whole idea of the book launch is to encourage folks to purchase them in the form of a beautifully composed book. There’s two or three to choose from at varying prices, but you’ll get to see them on November 5th.

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Inside pages of The Shrewd Idiot (A3 deluxe version) showing the use of palimpsest

Finally watch some incredible movement here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ms7MGs2Nh8 a Swiss man doing butoh PA in Japan

Now I have begun.

Stop Press

I am doing a 20 minute performance art at Firstsite Gallery in Colchester on Saturday 7th November which has now been re-scheduled for 15.00 hrs that’s 3pm, kick off time for Outlaw Pete who will be getting on Jurgen Fritz’s horse! It’s part of Firstsite’s first ever day of performance art with 11 other PA people doing their bits between 12.00 to 18.00hrs. It should be great fun.

Fancy that, I began my art trajectory in 1968 with little or no idea where it would lead me.47 years of nothing doing and THEN in just one week I get 3 such big breakthroughs; IPA, JAB & OAK.

IPA.

At IPA Bristol I got accepted into the Performance Artist community. To quote Anthony Hopkins on last night’s incredible BBC play The Dresser, “The whole event has been one of the best times in my life.” (Radio Times p22, 31Oct-6Nov 2015) and I must admit I was the most senior player but by no means the most experienced. I cried a lot (along with others when they watched my stuff!) I felt strong emotions and a deep nostalgic looking back on my life which was better than any psycho- therapy.

Here’s Hopkins and Jurgen Fritz, my mentor on the IPA fortnight.

a Jurgen-Fritz-IPA Workshop-Leader-2015jurgen on the horse dinging a bell

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if Anthony can do it Jurgen does it too!

Check out my pals Robert Hardaker and Debbie Guinnane from IPA at this week’s SPILL Festival in London http://spillfestival.com/brochure2015/ .

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A colleague on the IPA course, Carol Montealegre,  sent this which Kabbalah Centre International originally shared these words, love ‘em, “We create change by seeing the spark of Light rather than the Darkness in everyone with whom we interact.” ~Karen Berg. Here she is in one of my sketches doing her ting

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JAB has just published an article I wrote for them about the influence of some German artists on my work. (We can now add Jurgen to Max, Anselm, Kurt, Dieter and all the rest now!) http://www.journalofartistsbooks.org/current/ It’s great to see my work in a prestigious journal from across the big pond. Thanks Brad for publishing me in the company of such greats.

 OAK Knoll is a pretty prestigious fine press publishing house and a little bird has told me that they are interested to stock the poems I did for my artist’s book ‘Inside This Clay Jug’ that David Jury printed as a letterpress set of pages which we collaborated in the making of in 2014. It’s wonderful to see David’s hard graft getting recognition and that more people may be able to see the work we did. Let’s celebrate with this beautiful song by Richard Hawley

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06h3274/later-with-jools-holland-series-47-episode-4

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Pete doing the Jug Dance outside the Arnolfini in October 2015

Looking back over my two weeks at International Performance Association (http://ipabristol.co.uk/about-ipa/ ) which were so fulfilling and formative I’d love to share my rapid sketches with you. Normally I detest it when you’re not allowed to take photos of artworks & performances but in this case I saw the merit of leaving the photo-taking to Jurgen so we could concentrate on our P A. By the way, feel free to take as many snaps as you wish of any of my PA works. Don’t feel concerned about flashing and I might just flash you too!

So here’s the sketches.

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sam chess yew tree smSam outwits the horse by going blindfold, in a big coat

2 weeks doing performance art.

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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.

A new dawn?

Sunset on the old me, am ready for a new dawning. Once upon a chime I wer just a artis-writa, now am heading fer new pasteurised.The eyes have it in this pic:

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I am embarking into a busy period. Am about to participate in a course on ‘performance art’, http://ipabristol.co.uk/workshop-artists/  scarey! I won’t be blArting on here for a wee while so I shall see you on t’other side. I got a german tutor called Jurgen Fritz http://ipabristol.co.uk/performance-workshop/

and my art-tickle about my German gHosts should come out in JAB in the next couple of weeks.

http://www.journalofartistsbooks.org/about/

I congratulate the teams of Northern Ireland and Wales on finally reaching the final stages of a big tournament. For wales it’s been 58 years since the great John Charles led them to the world cup finals. At the 1958 finals NI got to the quarter final stage with the great Jim McIlroy in the team. Billy Bingham who was in Jim’s team was manager of one of the 80’s teams. Incredibly when I was born in 1950 I was named after my father’s favourite footballer Peter Doherty who managed Jim’s 1958 accomplishments. http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/11421055.Clarets_legend_Jimmy_McIlroy_gets_1958_World_Cup_cap/?ref=var_0

In the 1980s NI got to the quarter final again this time with another Burnley player leading the line, Billy Hamilton. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/football/international/billy-hamilton-when-northern-ireland-hit-the-world-cup-big-time-30332824.html

I’ll see yuz on t’other side.