Monday, 27 July 2009

day seven: flux salt score for action

Here's my score to try out on the group tomorrow morning, whilst all standing barefoot in the salt pit. I am intending for it to be read by me from a printout in a clipboard, in a very deadpan, formal way, and then actions to be initiated to visualise each description/proverb etc, involving the audience selected through a finger pointing and beckoning type way. I'm hoping it will found to be funny, through a series of my short sketches illustrating each saying/description. I have scavenged cardboard boxes, made handwritten signs, sails, filled a bucket with water ready for this piece- all in the spirit of fluxus :)

I'm excited to be able to transfer my ideas in Why did you do that? I will remember what we had, about salt as seasoning and salt as preservative into this piece, in a way that is humorous and universal, away from the personal, and that the former piece has been a good stepping stone into this fluxus embracing score: global, playful, short, specific, chance,experimentation, unity of art and life. So...i'm really looking forward to tomorrow....

I also want to look more at the humour that fluxus draws on that Geoffrey has been telling me about, Vaudeville, slapstick, Spike Jones, how the expected is turned upside down, surprises, spoofs, simple jokes. How the very formal can descend into the something completely unexpected/ridiculous.

FLUX SALT (a score according to the internet)

salt Noun

1. sodium chloride, a white crystalline substance, used for seasoning and preserving food

2. Chem a crystalline solid compound formed from an acid by replacing its hydrogen with a metal

4. Salts. Smelling salts.

4. lively wit: his humour added salt to the discussion

5. old salt an experienced sailor

6. a) rub salt into someone's wounds to make an unpleasant situation even worse for someone

b) bath salts a usually perfumed mixture of certain salts added to bath water.

7. salt of the earth a person or people regarded as the finest of their kind

8. take something with a pinch of salt to refuse to believe something is completely true or accurate

salt. (of speech) painful or bitter; "salt scorn"- Shakespeare; "a salt apology"

Phrasal Verbs:
salt away To put aside; save.

Quotation #36316 from Classic Quotes:
Give neither advice nor salt, until you are asked for it.
(English Proverb)


Among the peasants of the Spanish province of Andalusia the word "salt" is synonymous with gracefulness and charm of manner, and no more endearing or flattering language can be used in addressing a woman, whether wife or sweetheart, than to call her "the salt-box of my love."

The phrase "May you be well salted" is also current as an expression of affectionate regard.


I think that if this were to become a transferable, universal score, I would write it as follows;

  • Stand in a place/site that has some strong identity
  • Select a word with multiple definitions in the dictionary that comes from the place/site
  • Read out the definition and their meaning
  • Perform their meaning with your audience

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