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Thingamajigs Performance Group

Remarks on Color / Sound

Remarks on Color / Sound is a 14-hour piece, which explores collaborative work in a variety of media and is based in a reading of Stephen Ratcliffe’s poem by the same title (written between 7.15.05 and 4.8.08 – 1,000 pages in 1,000 consecutive days). Utilizing sound, light, movement and sculpture in an open dialogue with the architecture of the surrounding space, this performance extends investigations into the integration / interaction of human beings and natural landscape begun in our 2008 performance, human/nature, at UC Davis: "the relation between things seen/observed in the natural world and how such things might be made (transcribed/transformed) as works of written (or visual) art."  

Remarks took place in the Gym Studio at Headlands Center for the Arts on May 16, 2010, where Thingamajigs’ cofounder Edward Schocker was an Artist in Residence. The historic gymnasium of the Headlands Center offered an ideal location for this event. As the sunlight moved through the giant windows the shadows and hues create an ever-changing landscape. The piece started at 5:59 AM (sunrise) and ended when the entire work had bee spoken (approx. 14 hours).  Audience members were encouraged to come in and out of the space as they wished, bringing pillows and mats and staying as long as they liked.

“That which I am writing about so tediously, may be obvious to someone whose mind is less decrepit.”
– Wittgenstein, Remarks on Color

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[ read writings by Dylan Bollese ]

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upcoming performances

February 9, 2013
the latest set of 1,000 poems by Stephen Ratcliffe

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prior performances

May 26, 3012 | Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

May 16, 2010 | Headlands Center for the Arts
Remarks on Color / Sound

June 6, 2008 | University of California, Davis

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