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Matt’s Gallery Presents: TAPS: Improvisations with Paul Burwell 17–19 September 2010, at Dilston Grove | Publications


Matt’s Gallery Presents: TAPS: Improvisations with Paul Burwell, 2010  

Max Eastley Piper of Invisible Fires Man, 2009 (film by Helen Petts)


Paul Burwell, In C and Air, ICA, 1986. Photograph by Fergus Kelly, courtesy Bow Gamelan Ensemble.

Steve Beresford He who looks twice in all directions, 2009 (film by Helen Petts)  

Matt's Gallery Vimeo page

Dilston Grove is at the Southwest
corner of Southwark Park
Train: Canada Water, Jubilee &
Overground lines
Bus: 1, 47, 188, 225, 381, C10, P12

(1) Live performers
Ansuman Biswas | Melissa Castagnetto
| Shaun Caton | William
Cobbing | Ryuzo Fukuhara | Juneau
Projects | Oren Marshall & Steve
Noble | Kaffe Matthews | Yol

(2) Composite film,
contributing artists

Mark Anderson with Nick Sales
& Jony Easterby | Anne Bean |
Steve Beresford* | Steven Berkoff
| Ansuman Biswas & Mary Genis |
Borbetomagus: Don Dietrich, Donald
Miller & Jim Salter | Brian Catling |
Shaun Caton | Trace Collective:
Phil Babot, Lee Hassall, Eddie Ladd,
Tony Schwensen & André Stitt |
Mike Cooper | Viv Corringham* |
Lol Coxhill* | Kim Creighton | Peter
Cusack | Terry Day | Peter Davey |
Hermine Demoriane | Sean Dower
| Max Eastley* | David Ellis & Lee
Merrill | Rose English | Susanna
Ferrar* | Simon Finn | Chris Galdwin
| Adalet Garmiany | Brian G Gilson
| Charlie Hooker | Sylvia Hallett* |
Martin von Haselberg aka Harry
Kipper | P Jeck & Mary Prestidge |
Jacky Lansley & Fergus Early | Lurca
| Paul McCarthy | John McKeon |
Ashleigh Marsh | Kaffe Matthews
| Dan Maurer | David Medalla with
Guy Brett, Alma Tischler & Marko
Steponova | Gioia Meller Marcovicz |
Phil the Messenger | Hugh Metcalfe |
Phil Minton & Roger Turner* | Charlie
Morrissey | Rev Nagase | Miyako
Narita | Maggie Nicols* | Steve Noble
| Hannah O’Shea | Marega Palser |
Evan Parker | Brian Routh aka Harry
Kipper | Tom Recchion | Carlyle
Reedy | Rembrandt | Kirsten
Reynolds with The London Dirthole
Company | Ezra Rubenstein | Elliott
Sharp | Brown Sierra: Paddy Collins
& Pia Gambardella | Anna Thew |
Alan Tomlinson* | David Toop | Toy
Killers | Harald Uccello FoTyArT ORG
| Patricia Wells | Mimi Westernhagen
| Aaron Williamson* | Richard Wilson
with William Raban & David Cunningham
| Marie Yates | Yol | z’ev*
*Film by Helen Petts

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Press Information
Matt's Gallery presents TAPS: Improvisations with Paul Burwell at Dilston Grove, London.

Friday: Continuous film screening 2-7pm. Performances by Melissa Castagnetto 7pm, Oren Marshall & Steve Noble 8pm, Yol 9pm.
Saturday: Continuous film screening 2-7pm. Performances by Shaun Caton 2–7pm, William Cobbing 7pm, Kaffe Matthews 8pm, Juneau Projects 9pm.
Sunday: Continuous film screening 2-7pm. Intermittent performance by Ryuzo Fukuhara 2–7pm. Sunday closing view with final event including performance by Ansuman Biswas 6–8pm.

Paul Burwell was infamous for his exuberant fusions of fine-art installation, percussion and explosive performance. He was a staunch advocate of, and passionate participant in, all forms of experimental art. TAPS: Improvisations with Paul Burwell, realised by Anne Bean, Robin Klassnik and Richard Wilson embodies his prolific practice.

Over the course of three days TAPS will combine film, installation and performance, portraying layers of interpretation from more than 80 invited collaborators, in response to Burwell’s poem 'Adventures in the House of Memory'. The poem arose from improvisations by Anne Bean and Paul Burwell in preparation for William Burroughs's Final Academy at Ritzy, London in 1982, where improvised words were written on huge sheets of flash paper which were ignited as they were sung. The poem was the last recorded Burwell work two months before he died in 2007. The body of collaborators, including Stephen Berkoff, Evan Parker, Rose English and Paul McCarthy, have responded to the poem by each creating a short film or audio work as a new collaboration for, about, or 'with' Burwell.

Fragments of each collaborator's film or audio work, now make a collective totem in a two screen, one hour composite film interpreted and edited by Anne Bean and Chris Bishop. This resulting work resonates with the poem’s innate episodic chronicles, as slivers interleaf together, and runs continuously throughout each day. The film is shown as part of a screen installation constructed by Richard Wilson. By adding its own sounds and actions, this structure becomes a part player in the final act of the last evening, during a performance by Ansuman Biswas.

Live performances (1) form another layer of exploration, echoing the sense of inter-connectivity created by the installation. Each performer encompasses a practice that reflects the context and ethos in which Burwell worked, improvising within the framework of the poem, film, installation and space at Dilston Grove. The performances will take place at various times during the event. The last entry to Southwark Park and Dilston Grove is at 6·45pm.

Each collaborator’s original film or audio work (2) is now available in full online through Matt's Gallery Vimeo page.

A publication with an essay by David Toop and drawings by Paul McCarthy, published by Matt’s Gallery will be available free to visitors throughout the event.

TAPS is supported by a Legacy: Thinker in Residence Award to Anne Bean.
Legacy is a collaboration between the Live Art Development Agency and Tate Research, financially assisted by Arts Council England and the Live Art Development Agency. Legacy acknowledges the outstanding bodies of work of two artists who have influenced the development of the Live Art field by supporting them to think about the legacies of performance in art historical contexts and examine the processes and challenges of archiving live work. The Legacy recipients are Anne Bean and Tim Etchells. Further information http://www.thisisliveart.co.uk

This event will be held at:
Dilston Grove, Southwark Park, London SE16 2UA
Dilston Grove is at the Southwest corner of Southwark Park, London
Tube: Canada Water on the Jubilee & Overground Lines
Buses: 1,47, 188, 199, 225, 381, C10, P12

Please contact Matt’s Gallery for further information on 020 8983 1771


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Newspaper publication to accompany
TAPS: Improvisations with Paul Burwell

Price free to visitors

ISBN 978-0-907623-73-1

Pages 24

Size 420mm (h) 295mm (w)

Edition 5,000

Design Phil Baines

Published by Matt’s Gallery, London