from Falmouth


this and photos below © Delia Spatareanu

Last week I took part in CLUSTER BOMB [collective] (nee Sebastian Hau-Walker)’s three-day workshop the Writing of Running at University College Falmouth. Sebastian is a performance writer/artist currently investigating the role of running within performance. CLUSTER BOMB [collective] is an ever changing performance collective, headed by Seb in which he invites anyone interested to be a part of performances. Seb is also my mate, so it was pretty cool that he got paid to come and be a lecturer. And he did a mighty fine job

Through running around the campus and the Performance Centre we created texts based on our experiences; directly influenced by our surroundings, mental and physical state. We recorded ten second texts on megaphones, playing these back within the performance centre, mixing the sounds and thus creating a shared experience from our individual ones. By taking our running indoors, around our recorded texts we also aimed to bring the physical action to the space, though surprisingly this element worked far better in the ‘non’ performative workshop days than it did in the actual performance, even though the conditions were essentially the same (our audience was both times almost purely coincidental) – perhaps there is something about the knowledge of performing that complicates and then distorts?

The exercise from which the photo above was taken involved running in a circuit around a studio, practicing the classic runners tactic of emptying the mind to just focus on the task at hand – feet pounding chug chug chug (*who is this a quote from?). We then allowed our minds to slowly start to think again, then transcribing our stream [circuit?] of consciousness onto the floor in brightly coloured chalks, which were then re-mediated by another, copied, re-written. Again, this idea of being both solitary and part of a group experiment was particularly striking for me.

I enjoyed the mix of real physical exercise, negotiation, group and solo work and also the lecture elements of the workshop, which served to place the somewhat confusing concept behind the work in a far clearer context. There was room to discuss Martin Creed’s running piece (#850), the links between writing and running and the relationship between art and sport. I came out feeling that I not only had a better understanding of the project, but also performance writing as a whole (something that I think can even confuse those who practice it).

These are my ‘sporty’ trainers. I’ve had them since 2006, and they are still in pretty good nick.
This says a lot about the amount of ‘sports’ I do.