G.O. No.7: Documentation

As expected, Wednesday’s non-site-specific opera took place in a variety of manners and locations. We received reports of four enactments of the score: “On October 26, 2011, sing the USA PATRIOT ACT to your nearest surveillance.” Below you will find documentation of three performances presented in the order we received them.


1. scan the USA PATRIOT ACT by Samantha Boudrot

Link to the 84-page pdf book (download highly recommended: it’s 34 MB)

Link to the book as an animated gif

Link to a jpeg of all 84 pages superimposed

For this opera, intermedia poet and musician Samantha Boudrot opted for vocal silence. First, she printed and cut up the libretto into 1″ x 2″ sheets. Then, for one hour, she scanned-sang the sheets repeatedly–as often as she could–rearranging the panels between each scan-song. The result is an 84-page visual sound poem–a subliminal scansion of the scan-songs, if you wilt–best understood by concrete poet Décio Pignatari’s dictum:  O olhouvido ouvê (The eyear hearsees).

Boudrot’s piece runs parallel to her current project minor catastrophe. Check out her two first editions, minor catastrophe 1 and minor catastrophe 2, at calmaplombprombombbalm.com (link to the soft release–check back on 11/11/11 for full release w/ more works uploaded).


2. Underture of The Déjà Vu Chorus

Wednesday night Tom Comitta was invited as a guest artist to Kota Ezawa’s undergraduate film course Déjà Vu. At the end of his presentation, Comitta invited the class to join him for a 10-minute interpretation of the day’s score. Together they divvied up the 140-page libretto and decided on their “nearest surveillance”: one of the many cameras monitoring California College of the Arts’ San Francisco campus.

The Déjà Vu Chorus

(in alphabetical order)

Kevin Cho

Tom Comitta

Kota Ezawa

Lina Katano

Kathryn Kolouch

Andy Sandoval


3. The Emergency Non-Performance by Ashley Brim and Daniel Ishofsky

On Wednesday, at 9:20 pm, Tom Comitta received this text from Ashley Brim:

Shit is about to go down. Police are lining up to board buses to go stop some protesters. Spread the word. I don’t know who to tell or how, but the vibe here is crazy. I see lots of clubs and guns. If you are at any of the Occupys–watch out and post this on Twitter with #.

Comitta immediately called Brim to learn that she and Daniel Ishofsky, while searching Potrero Hill for the right ATM at which to sing, had stumbled upon the SFPD taking formation to raid Occupy San Francisco. The text was followed by these images:

Fortunately, the raid never happened. For now, Occupy San Francisco continues.


That’s all for today!





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