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Adam Overton

Performance Interpretation

Adam Overton interpreted five pieces; a piece by Zackary Drucker, “Exit Strategy” by Liz Glynn, “Untitled Aktion” by REP and a piece by Marssares and his own work “FOR WOODWINDS (Tonglen Variations).
(These were performed at various locations in and around Los Angeles, CA, including the Oct. 26 and Nov. 4 Exchange Rate: 2008 events.)

Interpretation of “Exit Strategies” by Liz Glynn, performed at the Exchange Rate: 2008 Nov. 4 event. (Photo credit: Vivian Babuts)

Documentation from realization of REP’s “Untitled Aktion”(photo credit: Asher Hartman) :

Interpretation of directions from Marssares:
ao.dreams_MarssaresSelector
(click to download)

Interpretation of a performance by Zackary Drucker (video credit: Asher Hartman)

Interpretation of Adam Overton’s own piece, FOR WOODWINDS (Tonglen Variations) [see directions below], performed at the Exchange Rate: 2008 Oct. 26 event, hosted by the Audacity of Desperation exhibition at Sea and Space explorations.

Performance Directions

Adam Overton has created three pieces to choose from.

Download PDFs of the performance directions below:

1. WHAT DO WE DO NOW? PERFORMANCE
whatdowedonowperformancev3

. . .

2. FOR WOODWINDS (Tonglen Variations)
forwoodwindsv2

. . .

3. COUNTING PIECE
or
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HEARD ON THE NEWS HOW MANY IRAQI’S HAVE DIED SINCE THE WAR BEGAN?
or
100,000 FINGERS IS A POOR SUBSTITUTE

counting-piecev3

2. FOR WOODWINDS (Tonglen Variations) was interpreted by:
Maile Colbert and Rui Costa on September 6, 2008 at their home in Lisbon, Portugal.
and by:
Eva Jung in New York, NY, USA (November 3, 2008).

Full text of performance directions below:
1. WHAT DO WE DO NOW? PERFORMANCE
For Ensemble

Dedicated to the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest
Adam Overton, May 2007

. . .

consciously, or unconsciously, meaningful

. . .

Ensemble:

Ponder together the question:
So, what do we do now?

Then, if desired, choose to enact one or several solutions

. . .

Variation:

Ponder together the question:
So, who are “we” now?

. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .
2. FOR WOODWINDS (Tonglen Variations)
Adam Overton, June 2008

. . .

together, at your own pace
through your instrument, sounding or breathing
for quite some time, perhaps until …?
one, maybe more, of the following

. . .

. breathe in light, breathe out love

. breathe in impurity and suffering, breathe out love and compassion

. breathe in the pain and terror of those murdered, breathe out love and peace

. breathe in the anger and ignorance of the violent, breathe out understanding and reconciliation

. breathe in any resentments and problems, breathe out your happiness, your pleasure

. breathe in that which feels bad, breathe out that which feels good

. breathe in that which is poisonous, breathe out that which heals

. breathe in that which is fearful, breathe out that which is courageous

. breathe in that which is black, heavy and hot, breathe out that which is white, light and cool

. breathe in for all of us, breathe out for all of us

or your own variation on taking in and giving out …

. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .

3.COUNTING PIECE
or
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HEARD ON THE NEWS HOW MANY IRAQI’S HAVE DIED SINCE THE WAR BEGAN?
or
100,000 FINGERS IS A POOR SUBSTITUTE

Adam Overton, July 2008

. . .

out loud
for a little longer than you can stand
for whatever it’s worth

. . .

on your fingers
count from 1 up to 151,000 (or more)

. . .

* “A large national household survey conducted by the Iraqi government and WHO estimates that 151,000 Iraqis died from violence between March 2003 and June 2006.” – World Health Organization, 9 Jan 2008

Bio

Adam Overton is a living composer and performer of experimental situations, a teacher of performance & multimedia, and a certified massage therapist based in Los Angeles.

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