This space is for alive things.
Some that compel me and some that may change things.
It's not so nearly Spring.
Pour yourself something new.
We may get wordy.
But we won't stay here for long.
Definition – a marked radical change in nature, form or appearance.
In Physics - “an induced or spontaneous change of one element into another”.
In Maths - “a process by which one figure, expression, or function is converted.”
In Art/Culture ....?.
Do you think they know?
Should we tell them?
Today is January 7th 2017.
Week 1. Arriving back from a creative mission and new year’s adventure to Amsterdam grinning like a 10 year old girl at the starting line back in one of my favourite cities,
Galvanised by all that’s growing in our year of boom and yes.
Or “UK City of Culture 2017” as it’s known to the rest.
"the time is now to wake up from our sleep" Romans 13
and while we're here, a reminder
Definition - In Biology
“maintain (cells etc.) in conditions suitable for growth.
a more accurate version. and I've always preferred verbs to nouns. By definition
Culture is alive. On the move.
Yes we know.
As artists, we’re pre – occupied with the challenge, joy and infinite possibilities of new ways to connect and transform material to new. I’ll tell you that for free. But I believe we're all born in built with that same genetic capacity and I think we can all agree that our world has never experienced this kind of hungry.
PLEASE INSERT YOUR OWN WORD HERE
feeling that can be found when
for our own abundant radical creativity.
for the things that
wake us up from our sleep
rare moments that re-direct our plans and replace them with
that feeling of...
MADE IN HULL
Season number one.
The first event in Hull’s new season of "transformative culture" saw new cells forming as hands, humble feet and hearts of Hull were literally “exalted”, standing on paves newly re laid – dug deeper than the olden days. Calling us out and making us new. Some alive cultural fruit that's starting to alter strands of DNA of those who came and will continue to quench their play. Beyond this first event - a sonic wattage in the city’s square although may not leave us for days.
Hull is a city undergoing a tectonic and radical re – birth.
It appears we’ve just been righteously affirmed and electrocuted into the year.
This kind of behaviour will cure illness and improve the sleep of our grand-children.
and it's making people hungry for more
....This is what I saw.
The opening event was an inexhaustible week long experience of stories of Hull’s folk across the city’s buildings in light that simply reminded us who Hull is. An immersive re - set button described in the official programme as “large-scale projection, illuminated skylines and soundscapes to celebrate the last 70 years of life in the city”.
Described by Nadine who served me in the supermarket today as a piece of art that
“helped me and my husband relate to our parents in a closer way”
Described by Dylan on my street live from his pram as
“made me feel good”.
Described by Ellis who served me proper coffee from somewhere in Guatelmala today as
“it made me….what’s that word? I learnt it in RE, about when something deep happens and makes you like?..……...
like you really ......that feeling of.....?..."
Truth - whilst being reminded that people from “a city build on hands and needs” gathering in masses and reacting - together - is simply a powerful thing. Stuffs shifting. I'll be responding, gathering and making about changes. But back to the event that kick started it all. Catalyzed with 361 degrees of sonic surround heart grabbing, love making, bone affirming restorative light projections of faces, words and a rocket on aquarium.
A free for all
that was free for all.
Using the powerful language and tools of music, stories of war, architectural theatre, design animation and a flood of electricity that also somehow managed to celebrate all the unseen of the makings of tomorrow by reclaiming the true identity of it's people. What’s to come.
Me. Better – You.
For people who didn’t expect it, but showed up.
With people whose minds were elsewhere, but stayed.
People who didn’t know why,
but come back for thirds.
an example of this rare prescriptive alchemy
in a light show
"Here you are, here we are
it’s okay where you are
Coz look what we can do
and when you come
and where you’re headed
because there’s more
it’s starts with you".
What else did we see?
In an outrageous techni-coloured alchemy we saw Hull’s faces and feet, old, young and the not sure, gather, stop, wonder, “breathe in” (Ellie 6), weep (Sarah 28) and “swallow” (Frank, 84). An example of where authentic creativity met with innovative technology to meet a hungry humanity?
all this swallowing and silence and "....." and goodness
made me thirsty
sharing in different ways over the year mostly in
like Make, Do or Play
because action is louder than words.
Truer than ever today.
Back at the cafe on the marina, Thieving Harries, Ellis (aged 24 1/2) is still searching
for that word
"you know - when it make you feel, not in a religious way but....."
“Cathartic? Transformed? Moved? Born again? spirit filled?
we continued on our quest.
(Ellis would love to be in a gritty play one day, but he won’t tell you that. Instead he’ll make you a really good cocktail.)
“....holy, sacred, heaven?”
I'm not helping anything. Throwing more words.
at his search
biting his nails
for the one.
No words are sometimes the best words. The only words.
Maybe a new way to measure?
a beautiful thing.
We know a secret.
But won't, can't - keep it in for long.
“I had to swallow."
said Frank (84).
I did. It got me right here.
he touches his heart – or near enough
Because I’ve lived it, seen it. And I never ever thought - it would, but
it did Sarah
I had to swallow”.
(Frank, 84, takes my bins out and drove me to the ferry port)
Then I needed milk
so there I met
who served me patiently at Asda when the self scanner had a breakdown said,
“I already know a lot of the history of Hull, so I don’t know why but……
it brought up some
emotional feelings -
I didn’t understand why or how or where they came from
or that I even
- Not happened before.
and I feel proud. We can do
he said confidently
joy and victory
(Drew enjoys live music at weekends in Hull because it reminds him of what a carnival might be like.)
Maybe by the time I post this there'll be a new surprise for us that makes space for us to voice new things in new ways, that connects and plays. But it appears we’re on a role at the super market now.
Nadine - looking entirely great for 57(?) - serving me cheerily at the supermarket
“we shut our eyes – being in the middle of it all
it helped us to understand"
to our parent's stories in a completely closer
new way. We've been closer since...."
"...even though it must have been a bit louder in the trenches”
“it will stay”
The bit she couldn’t see – but made her shut her eyes. The “I won’t forget the feeling – just the words sometimes” The word he couldn’t find - "I'll Google it". better saves time.
Paul (50 ish) wrote about that in a letter,
“the visible things are temporary, it’s the invisible things that are permanent”. (Corinthians)
My friend Craig said,
“Any game is nothing without a crowd
and an atmosphere. The numbers that showed up made it work, proved that there is an appetite for culture in the city and in a single week, pretty much ensured that the rest of the year will be a success.”
(Craig's good at with words for a living, seeing into the future and sharing soup with. But he won't tell you).
back in the supermarket now, there's quite a lively queue .
“give us a load of colouring pens, let us write all over it all day!
and then it would be the only turbine like it in the sea”. (Nadine on Blade)
Nadine on checkout continues
facilitating a kind of breakthrough
handing me another bag for 5p
But it still woke up a part of her
that made her think how she’d….maybe, what if we did it
in a different way
she's not "thought about that before"
And what’s great is
she’ll tell you that
So without knowing it or perhaps we do
with all this space for creative radical new things we’re starting to dance some new moves
in ways we were always meant to
now lets improve
it's no rocket science
that alive Culture and creativity can be great tools
to make the intangeable tangible
whilst hard working humbled hands and feet
getting dirty, serving the congregation
Caffeinating and sustaining
people waking up from sleep
With some architectural mapping
And a million re – tweets.
a good disruption.
the kind you get where there's another dimension at work
and it looks like fresh permission
to wear your heart on your sleeves
All over again
ready to race
like we’re ten.
Passed the noise, the programme and the hoody from the shop.
an unapologetic crowd
“what’s the $^@#! is that word?..…
we learnt it at school!!!”
(Ellis, January 31st)
should we tell them?
Yes it's time for a series of re - definitions
for change of our seasons for this global transition
I'll tell you some secrets with or without your permission
In Biology “the genetic alteration of a cell by introduction of new DNA”. With a year of game changing making across the world in two thousand and seventeen, I'd like to propose a new addition today.
A new definition
Transformation: in Art/Culture
Essential for growth and making and Frank swallow.
Bringing up something we didn’t know or had forgotten
for radical experiences that alter and invite
making Dylan want to ride faster on his trike
doing something easily inside here without us putting up a fight.
Preserving life giving conditions in excess amount
“Like when your filled with awe and wonder!?...”
to those still about, down Harries, our Ellis shouts (Feb 3rd).
Affecting the fundamental nature with thoroughly curative blends Of movements that nourish and Jazz fusions that mends Culture that resuscitates, heals and feeds wakes up the bits we so easily forgot - restoring bits we didn’t realise we'd lost
or even know we need?
Connecting us with the bit we can’t explain Because didn’t we "already knew it before" and "I don't know it's name" To delight, shake, shed and silence, once more Wake up and love us all over again
Tickets to shatter pride
momentarily moving us into brand new territory with a blatant invitation where we may even be reminded to say the things we’ve never said aloud or even to ourselves in bed too scared or too proud And when words fail us Making things that say it for us That give us new coats to wear That might affirm and adore us
“What is that word!? I’ll find it - I will.”
I admire the tenacity and courage of making space for the extraordinary
“when you feel something kinda really…....”
"reminds you of you?"
verbs have nothing to lose or prove.
where nouns seek a face and need to be seen.
Wait - top yourself up, there's time for one more
Radical – adjective
Affecting the fundamental nature A departure from tradition? on the edge new mission? Actually you’ll find by earthly definition
“radical” actually means
“to be rooted”.
"Radix" - from the latin
we'll save those resources that he next season
– we’re here in a city re – born radically ready
fresh off a ferry.
In a changing city where people are starting to feel ready and rooted for the radical, the forward and the future to happen.
I’ve fallen in love with the city all over again and will fall in love with it all again tomorrow.
I hope you will too. And get involved. And dirty. on your bike.
Like your ten. with words and without.
Speaking of which....
I’m now sat in Thieving Harries Cafe
tunes are always gold
Today is 4th February. 2017
The view looks different, I hear...
'they new bike racks?
No, Next to that...
I see people
inserting words here
Another new space has been made for play
Speaking truth at a lecturn as their voices go into a block of wood and transcend into something higher up. Connecting your words aloud into light for all to see. Whatever that will be.
ca - poofed into brand new materials
you and me.
“SARAH!!.....SARAH!!.... I FOUND IT…..”
downstairs Ellis shouts
The word he was looking for all those weeks ago.
“I googled it”
that feeling of....
with pride and conviction
"it made me feel....
a presence of divinity.”
“or feeling a mysterious or holy quality which makes you think that God is present.”
Live from the book of Ellis Todd – Thieving Harries (age 24 1/2) in association with Google search 2017.
you never know, beyond the new paving stones and stage
when we show up, make, do and play
for all kinds of new games
it may just change our DNA
in comfortable silence
that maybe a clue
and yesterday Hull’s crowd have felt it too -
just today found his words for that
her future ready found
feeling that there's
“something else bigger than you”