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Richard Layzell – Notes from Perth
 
Day 30: Tuesday 21 Oct 03
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1. Practicals and Methods 2. Intuitions and insights 3. Freeflow 4. Tania’s view
Lecture at ECU

Two hours going through video material. Finally get to study the Bridge Sequence, seems soft focus. Looked at the master to see if sharper, but tape has developed some kind of fault and is unusable.

Two interventions for the NRLA Opening event
Paced the second lecture [at ECU] so slowly and measured. As prelude to the perf and response to previous day’s. This made it personal and quietly intense. Was able to refer to documentation issues and felt I represented the work more fully. It also experienced it as a warm-up for a possible approach to tomorrow eve’s perf. Was pleasurably swift to work out text for my public response to the mayor’s speech, once I had the approach: “Mr Mayor… Charlie… City of Swan….. we….. internationals…. you… here… artists, audience, collaborators… this… Midland Workshops….. resonates….. long distance…. NRLA….. Glasgow…. Ellenbrook…. last year, this year…. some of us… delighted…. swimming in water holes…. picnic-ing…. regeneration… WE KNOW WHAT
WE MEAN… WE KNOW WHAT WE KNOW…. we’ve seen it before…. standing round the barbie…. no mistakes here… no doubt…” etc. With long purposeful pauses between words/phrases. Seemed to hit the spot.

One glass of wine and I was incoherent. Back at the Lodge around a fire in the evening Andrew [Becks] asked me about some tech details. We had a long chat, both tired, but many issues came up and I agreed to send him a reminder email before bed:

Hi Andrew
This is the stuff we spoke about this eve:

>TRYING TO REMOVE THE CHALK FROM THE FLOOR
>WHITE GAFFA TAPE
>RADIO MIKE
>SMALLER ROUND TABLE
>WHITE TABLE CLOTH OR SHEET
>3 MIKES ON STANDS
>TECHNICIAN ARRIVES AT 12

>SET PROJECTION SCREEN
>SWITCHING TO CAMERA ON TRIPOD BEING PROJECTED ON SCREEN
>PROJECTING VIDEO FROM THE FRONT
>BRINGING THE WHITE CHAIRS FORWARD SO AS TO STOP FEEDBACK FROM RADIO MIKE AND CREATE INFORMALITY
>MAKING THE SPACE INFORMAL BY USING INDUSTRIAL LIGHTING FROM THE SIDE

Am definitely at the ‘lists’ stage now.
Different perspectives - this is a residency. But you've made tomorrow evening's piece your main focus. You didn't tell me much about this other stuff. Why is the piece in a different leaugue? Maybe you wanna be dark. Good idea.
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