Mount Eden Crater Performance
Documentary of a 1973 performance event, with photographs by Bryony Dalefield.
PROCEDURAL NOTES & DESCRIPTION OF ROLES:
Documentation of performance from dawn to dusk on the shortest day of the year, Saturday 23rd June 1973.
Personae from four disciplines (sculpture - w, cooking - x, medicine - y, anthropology - z) move slowly clockwise around the rim of the crater reading from individually chosen texts (see list below) through four phases, each echoing and being echoed in return: i.e. persona x reads short phrases whilst stationary and w echoes whilst moving towards his/her opposite number. The readings are amplified through megaphones, the microphones of which are taped to the readers’ mouths.
A 5th participant, a Blind-master (hooded for the duration of the performance) spirals clockwise down into and anti-clockwise out of the crater with his guide’s assistance recording audio stimuli from the environment around him.
Two diametrically opposed cameramen begin recording audio-visual material at the base of the crater and then moved clockwise and anti-clockwise respectively in the same plane towards the rim of the crater.
Drummers find a position anywhere in the crater and attempt to remain there drumming for the duration of the day. Drummers randomly disposed.
Documentation to be shown at a later date.
N.B.: The actual performance was not as restrictive as the procedural notes and diagram would suggest. The situation was rather more fluid and a large measure of freedom and spontaneity for both active and passive participants was encouraged.
Fine Arts (Sculpture) Guerilla Television, Michael Shamberg of the Raindance Corporation
Cooking: Secrets of Chinese Cooking, Lin Tsui Feng & Lin Hsiang Tu
Medicine: Clinical Psychiatry, Davies
Anthropology: Purity and Danger, Mary Douglas