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Pirate Drumming

A performance based on a workshop held in Nantes exploring questions of urban difference, involving forms of mapping and psychogeographic interventions.

For the performance four drummers set up in the front courtyard of the Palais de Justice during an organized city walk celebrating the city's new urban plan. Each drummer is partnered with a walker who speaks on a mobile phone to the drummer, describing things they witness during their walk. From street names to colors, persons to animals, weather and atmospheres to vehicles and events, each element corresponds to specific drums, acting to drive a player's actions. The work functions to translate the individual experience of an urban walker into sonic or musical actions.

Performed as part of Virtual Territories, Nantes
November 2005