Sunday, 11 November 2012

NOTA : SHOWTiME Collection




NOTA (NOT, NOTES, NOTER (NOTA), NOT/A), towards a sometimes set of performance writing tools.  NOTA is a research framework for Open Dialogues that presses on the time, place and quality of notes in relation to live performance.  

The NOTA : SHOWTiME Collection is a
selection of Open Dialogues notes from the launch of NOTA at SHOWTiME, Rich Mix London July 2012. The collection features notes made by Rachel Lois and Mary live and in public from a writing station on the SHOWTiME stage.


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 START

OK, how do you want to start? Have I got a coffee moustache? Let’s not start there...

The stamp

Maybe start with the actual stamp... There is a lot in the gesture, or the action of the stamp. It is really old fashioned...

 It’s a standard stationery item in many ways, off the shelf. Only one part of it is customised - the word ‘NOTA.’ I tried to get the word ‘received’ removed from it too but then decided against it.


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... This is graft. We are at a workstation, stamping documents. And it is work.


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For me, it’s a process of thinking through writing, through mark making. The notes represent my thought processes.

Provisional, lightweight and ‘un-publishable’, the notes capture a particular insight. The particular invitation they make is important. As a form of conversation there is space for other people to speak.

The first of several NOTA publications is due out soon. It will feature some of the SHOWTiME notes specially selected and re-worked by Alex Eisenberg and John Pinder of Present Attempt and a choreographed interview transcript between Mary and Rachel Lois. 

Other manifestations of NOTA are herehere and here. 

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NOTA (NOT, NOTES, NOTER (NOTA), NOT/A), towards a sometimes set of performance writing tools.  NOTA is a research framework for Open Dialogues that presses on the time, place and quality of notes in relation to live performance.  

SHOWTiME is curated by Present Attempt. The July 2012 event  included Haranczak/Navarre Performance Projects, Present Attempt, Joseph Mercier, Mischa Twitchin and Penny Francis, Chlo√© Dechery, Rachel Mars and Rosie Kelly, Bill Aitchison Company, Lisa Jeschke and Lucy Beynon, Augusto Corrieri, Seke Chimutengwende & Friends, Yoko Ishiguro.

Open Dialogues is a UK collaboration, founded by Rachel Lois Clapham and Mary Paterson, that produces writing on and as performance. 







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