Video by Hannah Nicklin and photographer Rowena Scott.
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And Counting... creates a parallel reality in which six disabled artists land on the moon in Manchester. Reproducing the conversation between Mission Command and the Apollo 11 Landing Module during its descent to the Moon in 1969. And Counting... raises questions about what is an accessible environment, the relationship between the body and technology, and the pull of gravity.
The six performers listen to a specially recorded score combining the dialogue between the astronauts with sounds from deep space objects. As the performers hear this live over their earpieces they reproduce it as best they can both replaying and rewriting history. The route that each of the performers takes is the same pattern as the Apollo astronauts took on the moon’s surface during one of the six lunar landin
Each performer hears different fragments of the original conversation and in the final minutes of the piece they come together and try to fit each of the pieces of this aural jigsaw together and successfully land on the moon.
Performers: Kevin Donellon, Dawn Foster, Martin Geddes, Jimmy O'Brian, Mandy McKeown, Chantelle Rea-Bradley. Due to illness Jimmy O'Brian was unable to perform so Chris Fitzsimmons stepped in.
Thanks to: Hazard team, Dada, Fullcircle Arts, Rules & Regs and The Bluecoat
Start at St Peter's Square for Alex Bradley's one man demonstration then up Moseley St to Piccadilly Gardens for a somewhat scaled down version of Hens' Teeth's synchronised swimming in the now fountain-less Piccadilly Gardens! (til 2pm)
Following, full programme for HAZARD MMX. To download please go to YELLOW link at BOTTOM of document. Paper copies available from greenroom from Tuesday onwards and from stewards and info point in Manchester Arndale Hallé Square on the day itself.
Please note that things may change! Keep checking back here for latest updates!
NB - to download, click the YELLOW link BELOW the document!
Peader Kirk - Mkultra And Counting... 1pm + 3pm St Ann's SquareA re-enactment of the Apollo 11 lunar landing: this afternoon, in a long descent into the unknown, six wheelchair users touch down on the moon in Manchester. “And Counting…” is performed by six disabled artists, listening to fragments of the events of Apollo 11 on MP3 players and desperately trying to get those fragments to fit together as the countdown begins. Please feel free to move from performer to performer during the piece.
Jordan McKenzie Monsieur Finds Himself Up Queer Street 1-3pm 100 King St Monsieur Poo-Pourri has found himself up Queer Street, desperate to regain good credit in order to avoid debtors prison, public shame and scandal. However, upon arriving at the bank, to his great surprise and discomfort he finds the banks, too, have no money and, furthermore, through their own mismanagement have caused a rather curious phenomenon called ‘the credit crunch’. Maybe they too, just like him, need to smarten up their image and re-dress themselves. Monsieur Poo-Pourri (being a gentleman of style) offers his assistance.
Freezechester Modern Hazards 12-5pm Exchange Court Entrance, Manchester Arndale Find a magnet, take it home, visit our blog and find out who made it.
An international exhibition of free miniature magnetic artworks, dotted on metallic surfaces round the city centre.