Last Orders (negotiating the loan of the last orders bells from a number of public houses and replacing each one with a diatonic handbell, of a different musical note)
Version II March 2012
Motorcade Flash/Parade, Bedminster, Bristol
Last Orders (negotiating the loan of the last orders bells from a number of public houses and replacing each one with a diatonic handbell, of a different musical note) is a multi-site live work and accompanying installation.
This is the second version of this work, please see previous post for information on it's first incarnation.
I negotiated the loan of the ‘last orders’ bells from a number of Bristol's finest public houses for the period of the exhibition, replacing them with a musical hand bell, each of a different note.
Every night, when the bells are rung to mark ‘last orders’ and then ‘time’, a composition will be heard, its constituent notes sounding individually at sites spread across the city, so that the performance can never be physically heard or experienced in its entirety. The act of performance is delegated to the Barman/maid and the pub’s customers unwittingly become the audience.
In this work, the pub is imagined as a place which accepts and encourages bohemia, historically a unique social space for the birth of ideas, creative relationships, and peer learning amongst artists. This piece repositions the pub as a site not just for the inception of, but also presentation of art.
By creating a series of aleatoric performances, Last Orders... explores the possibility of a multi-sited aural performance, shifting the purpose of the bell and exploring its resonance both metaphorically and literally.
Exploring a process of negotiation, persuasion and collaboration between the myself and the establishments, Last Orders... attempts to present a live work in a gallery context through other, related works, rather than documentation.