‘…there is even a stage of darkness, but with an intensive propensity to clear…’

[the gathering…the chewing] Geoff, Gill plus Walt Shaw are showing our latest 10 mins film with freely improvised soundtrack and performance drawing

‘…there is even a stage of darkness, but with an intensive propensity to clear…’

in a 12 hours live-streamed multimedia performance and video screening this Saturday – organised by two DIY artspaces run out of Orlando and Philadelphia – ours is on at 9pm (BST London time)

See www.herethere.art. Note : times on the website are in EAST US time which is five hours behind BST

Looking back to Pan-demonium in 2009

Just looking back to this project – Pan-demonium –  created  in 2009, first staged at the AC Institute in New York…consisting of a multimedia exhibition and accompanying publication exploring the notion of ‘pan-demons’, ‘pan-demics’ and all things ‘pan’ in the light of the global political, ecological and economic situation and viral forces of ‘contagion’ at the time….the notion of the pandemic was merely metaphorical then… how prescient it seems now…

Matriarchal Mopomoso Sunday 21 March 2pm

This Sunday’s Mopomoso online TV Channel improvisation session – Matriarchal Mopomoso – is dedicated to women in improvisation – and it will include the third lockdown video from Les Petroleuses ( Lyn Hodnett and Gill Whiteley) – as it happens, celebrating 150 years since the 1871 Paris Commune!

Join us ‘unruly women’ improvisers on the barricades….

Also see bricolagekitchen’s Resonating Women of the Paris Commune project – follow it over the next ten weeks, naming and honouring ten women communards…

The Improviser’s Experience: Knowledge, Methodology, Communication – online at University of Huddersfield 18/19 March 2021

Geoff Bright, Anton Hunter and Gill Whiteley performed and presented at this two-day online event exploring the improviser’s experience.  Our intention was to problematise, through performance, how ‘power’ in different forms – in this case ‘instructions’ – might influence knowledge produced in improvised performance, and how that process may differ between structured or ‘free’ improvisation settings. ( For full abstracts of presentations at the event see here)

Following the 10 mins performance (5 mins with instructions not known to the other players + 5 mins free improv), we then conducted an in-depth reflective discussion of the subjectively experienced differences in power relations between the two performance phases.  Time restrictions at the event meant we were unable to include the discussion in our presentation at the workshop but its available  here  below.


50:50 Online project The Blank Canvas Octet Live on Zoom 6/13/20/27 January 2021

Through last year, I have been part of the 50:50 online Blank Canvas Octet – a project exploring free improvisation in music in a large ensemble context. Since last March, we have done over 40 weekly zoom sessions.  The ‘system 50:50` uses chess clocks to bring cohesion to the sound field which can often become cluttered. The result is a dynamic and shifting canvas of sound that allows small discreet sounds to be heard and deeper layers to be felt and expressed. Its been an exciting project to participate in.

Interested in just listening in/ being a member of the audience? Get more info here