Repetitive Variations - The Drawing Disco Test 1 Live @ Trinity by Michelle Collins
Repetitive Variations Test Series (the drawing battles)
The reading of John Cage’s Statement “Repetition creates variation” whilst listening to Hot Chip song “Over & Over” led to the creation of Diva Productions and my first interaction piece with the public. Exploring sound and responses, 12 artists were invited, over three days, to take part in Repetitive Variations Part one - Drawing Battles.
This piece has gone onto to do over 30 test series in a number of sites, the benchmark for this investigation is an initial enquiry into sound and how each individual artist would respond to a listening experience which they are not usually exposed to.
By pushing the duration and format further, the drawing discos were born with the introduction of a live dj in which they would manipulate and vary 4 remixes of the same song (Hot Chip "Over & Over') for a length of time. The first test was held at Trinity College, Carmarthen with B.A students for just over an hour's duration. Many lessons were learnt during this process :) ...(see Learning blog published).
This format is for as many participants as possible as the space can take, and has moved from working with art students to the general public. Expanding to over 50 people contributing to drawings or one big drawing, with the longest held at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Big Draw. The disco's duration was for four hours with various ages popping in to contribute.
Currently looking for a space to hold THE BIGGEST DRAWING DISCO IN THE WORLD!! REPRESSED REMIXED AND REGROOVED!!