Done in the right spirit

Tallis Steelyard


I have intimated variously that I am not entirely sold on ‘Performance Art.’ Oh I entirely believe that artists ought to perform their work, but I feel that the audience should be able to relax and appreciate the piece, rather than discovering that somehow they’re part of the artwork they’re supposed to be appreciating.

Hence you will not find me joining Lancet Foredeck in inscribing my verses, one line at a time, on a procession of buoys marking the deep water channel in the estuary, on the somewhat overenthusiastic assumption that anybody will ever go out there to read them.

Still I have taken part in the occasional work, but never as the principal. One instance was where Shadon asked me to help him out. He is, at best, a mediocre poet, but discovered that if he could distract people from listening too closely to the actual words, he could…

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