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June: What would your shadow do?


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What would your shadow do? was originally commissioned for radio broadcast as part of the 2002 Outer Ear Festival of Sound in Chicago. The piece combines text recorded live at the Nightwalking Conference (London, 2002) with additional sounds and audio effects. The text was derived from Goat Island’s 2002 year-long writing project.

“On January 1st, 2002, we began a collaborative writing project. We designated by chance one weekday for each of the seven company members. Each individual writes twelve sentences (17.5 word average), equivalent to one every two hours, on that day. The writer differentiates between diurnal and nocturnal sentences, with night/day lengths plotted according to Chicago’s latitude. A question and a “terrestrial variation” of structure distinguish each month. Individual company members or invited guests devise these questions/structures through the year. Our objectives at any given point in the project include, but do not limit themselves to, 1) answering the question; 2) documenting the development of our new performance work; 3) keeping a diary; 4) writing creatively. The project produces 210 words/day; 1,470 words/week; 76,650 words for the year.”

June Question – by Litó Walkey: What would your shadow do?

June Structural Variation – by Lin Hixson: Promenade: An evening stroll. Consider the 5-week month as an evening stroll through the city. The walk has five modes of activity, each with its own mode of expression, corresponding to each week.

Goat Island was a Chicago-based collaborative performance group, who made nine performances between 1987 and 2009.

False Walls Recordings, 2004. 12.5 x 14cm, Audio CD, duration: 59 minutes. Detailed notes enclosed with the CD