Event scores by fluxneXus pin no. – 00000159

Posted: August 3, 2011 in fluxus
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Below is today’s version of my chapbook published by Fluxpress, St. Louis, MO, early in July 2011.

26 fluxneXus scores by C. Mehrl Bennett

 

PART ONE:

Eleven fluxneXus scores written in 2011:

(Dedicated to John M. Bennett)

Person A walks around outside taking photographs of objects that strike A as interesting compositions. Person B follows behind, taking photos of the same subject matter that A has selected.

Dry  a load of green clothes and then gather lint from the dryer vent filter.

Form a round flat disk from the lint and then form a disk of glue the same size on a postcard. Glue the lint to postcard and then give to a friend.

Dry a load of blue clothes and then gather lint from the dryer vent filter.

Form a round flat disk from the lint and then form a disk of glue the same size on a postcard. Glue the lint to postcard and then give to a friend.

Dry a load of red clothes and then gather lint from the dryer vent filter.

Form a round flat disk from the lint and then form a disk of glue the same size on a postcard. Glue the lint to postcard and then give to a friend.

Tie together a jump rope, a yoyo, and a flashlight.

Turn on the flashlight and turn off  all other lights in vicinity.

Three people each select one of the items and performs with it as a prop.

The score is finished when the person with the flashlight turns the lights back on.

Place three flower pots upside down on a table.

Using the drainage holes in each pot, fill one with red marbles, another with yellow marbles, and another with blue marbles.

Three persons lift up the three pots upon the count of “Red, Yellow, Blue!”

Create a spiral on the floor with a very long shoelace or with string.

Cut the spiral along four lines that form a grid over the spiral.

Tie the pieces back together, end to end, and in the final stage

secure the fluxneXlace around your neck, or around the neck of another.

Assign numbers one through nine to nine people.

Give them each a wind chime.

Ask them to scatter around the area and to ring the chimes when

you randomly call out their numbers.

You must also include the number ten FOR SILENCE.

(Dedicated to Wilma Duguay)

Braid twine into a necklace, beading wooden alphabet beads into the necklace as you weave. The phrase “PISS ON A ROPE” should be spelled out… TWICE.

Secure the ends and then mail this fluxneXlace to Cecil Touchon.

(Dedicated to Mark Bloch)

Organize your own artist’s group.

Do not invite anyone else to join.

(Dedicated to Billie Maciunas)

Bake the word FLUXUS as six cutout cookies.

Mail one cookie to each remaining FLUXUS member (still alive).

If there are no longer six FLUXUS members alive, then eat the remaining letters.

If there are more than six FLUXUS members alive, bake more “FLUXUS” for them. Note: This may be a never-ending piece or a very short piece, depending on your perspective.

PART TWO:

Eleven fluxneXus scores gleaned from the history of C Mehrl Bennett:

1961

Stand in back of class room full of first graders and scream out your name, as in, “My name is ——— —–!”

1969

Get all dressed up for the sock hop. Walk across town to the tennis court where the dance is being held. Stand behind fence and

watch for two minutes. Walk back home.

1971

Staring Contest for Two People:

You sit propped up on your bed, reading a book but also facing the other person (who sits in a chair staring at you).

Every few seconds, glance up from your book over your glasses, to peek at the other person.

Do this until the other person gets bored and leaves.

1972

Hold open front door  so that only your forearm and hand get wet, as it is raining outside. Stay there for a long time in that position.

1978

At an art gallery with a display of small press chapbooks, leave a small press chapbook of your choice to share one of the pedestals or tables when no one is looking.

1979

Travel to a big city with the same first letter as your first name. On the way there, notice signage that contains that letter as a significant capitalized font.

1987

(Gender specific fluxneXus score)

Eat a piece of pumpkin pie right before you go into labor.

1990

Carry a restaurant packet of two saltine crackers in your purse or pocket. When you are accosted by a religious zealot spouting dogma or shoving a religious pamphlet at you, offer him/her a packet of crackers.

2008

(Dedicated to John M. Bennett)

Boil three eggs and add them to a bowl of three unboiled eggs.

Mix them up. Crack eggs open by banging on your head.

If egg was boiled, peel and eat it. Continue to crack eggs, peel & eat, until you discover a raw egg.

Document the raw egg yolk with a photo.

2009

(Dedicated to my dad)

Drive six hundred and fifty miles, get out of your car.

Stay for five days.

Drive six hundred and fifty miles, get out of your car.

Do this every four weeks.

2010

At a beachfront, preferably in Guatemala, collect twigs, palm tree debris, rocks, and shells.  Use these to construct a temporary sculpture near the water by leaning, by stacking, and by strategical placement.

PART THREE:

Four FluxneXus scores created & performed by CMB at Chicago Fluxfest 2/19/11

 

A spontaneous collaboration created in Chicago with Alan Revich:

Person A walks around multiple times in a revolving door while Person B goes through door first time and stands quietly outside looking in.

Person A asks Person B to hold his/her hat like a bowl.

A stands on chair and pours a glass of water into B’s hat.

A pulls up outer shirt, dips toothbrush into B’s hat, paints “X” on undershirt.

A pulls down outer shirt and signals end of performance.

Later on, after water evaporates from undershirt:

A takes off his/her hat and places it on top of  B’s hat.

A turns B around, pushes B off center stage, steps up on chair.

A pulls up outer shirt to demonstrate that the “X” has evaporated.

A pulls down outer shirt and signals end of performance.

Composition for Nine Voices with Two Incidental Sections (abbrev: CfNVwTIS) was composed in 2009 & directed by CMB for the Be Blank Consort (abbrev: BBC). The score involves nine horizontal lines created by shadows, manipulated digitally and scored by CMB, and also two diagonal shadow lines which **signal timing of two incidental performances where they cross horizontal lines. The lines are sectioned into 10 parts; performance starts at “one” and ends at “eleven”. Wind chimes are given to some of the BBC to ring as the score signals (blue) and each read different BBC scores of their choice, varying the volume as signaled by their respective linear shadow in the score, as the director counts aloud slowly from one to eleven. Two performers approach  from left and right to center stage & perform “incidents” briefly on **cue, then return to the left and right stage.

Chicago Fluxfest CfNVwTIS Variations:

Four members of the audience are given wind chimes, told to disperse in four directions, and to ring chimes when the spirit moves them. One of the incidents involved is the pouring of  one-half  the water from one cup into another. After incidents are over, that performer is at the opposite side of stage from director and has set one half-full glass on the floor at his feet, and continues to hold the other half-empty glass. The director is rotating a wind chime once with her right arm during each count. At her count of “8” (and rotating wind chime throughout), director crosses the stage to opposite performer and takes his half empty glass of water with her left hand, simultaneously kicking over the glass of water at his feet, then walks back to her starting position by the count of 10. (Performance volume winds down significantly at the count of 11.)

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