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fw: Playlist: Art and Words

Join us at the Dale Smith Gallery on Friday, February 11, from 7-10 p.m. to toast the opening of playlist, a massive body of work composed from lists of songs found on an iPod. Searched by keywords, the resulting works on paper playfully explore the whole range of human emotions that characterize popular music. They will engage you in a game of recognition, association and exploration. It continues until March 6th.

And… the closing of the exhibition will be marked by the presentation of a joint literary project entitled playback ; as part of the A B Series at Gallery 101 on March 5th. Christine McNair, Sean Moreland, Glenn Nuotio, Carmel Purkis, Sandra Ridley, Steven Ross-Smith & Grant Wilkins will read, reconfigure and respond to the works in playlist. ( for more info)

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  1. Seems like they’re all so performance-oriented there.
    The podium, lighting, and pop-filter are so
    nice, too.

  2. Performance is how something is communicated.

    The font and layout and spacing on a page that is in a choice of size and texture of page, even in pdf, is part of performance/expression. If people can’t speak up or be heard or seen, some info is lost. If the design on page is poor or inappropriate to the material, an opportunity is lost in cutting down the amount of filters that keep people away from what is expressed.

    If people can’t speak up, we need mics. If people don’t naturally stand up and create a commanding presence in the room that draws people’s attention, then we need the structure of a podium and lights to signal ‘pay attention to this person who appears to want to hide’

    One doesn’t want to stand in the way of what is to come across and block views with distracting obstructions unless obstructions and difficulty are part of the point, but that takes a certain audience to tolerate and play in the mixed message of “listen to me” and “I’m going to make this hard for you”.

  3. Also, a good photo represents animated performance. That is a photo will report what is good for a photo and not be loyal to represent what is proportionally happening in poetry.

    Some poetry can’t be excerpted and convey a sense of what it is and how it works. Some performance has to be experienced rather than summarized.

    Poetry is an internal thing between the ears. How would that be portrayed visually and distinctly to be different from a face at resting pleasure or a critically thinking face on any subject?

  4. I think the staging really helps some
    people develop. I see that at the hoots.
    I’ve made a performance shell lately.

    Yes…it’s hard to exceprt some. And some has a
    complexity that’s a lot easier to show in a reading
    than on the paper. Musicians have all kinds of
    cues to toy with.

    I know the photo isn’t typical. I suppose it shows
    some interest on the poet’s part in stirring the
    listener though. I have seen some dial-tone and
    question-mark-loaded reading…
    it’s hard to witness.

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