about flying from an offbeat wigtilt
the chaos of modern life, its impulses towards cruelty, towards indulgence, towards sexuality that moves from male to female…
a densely researched performance installation that investigates the darker side of jazz, focussing on the genius, tragedy and excess of legendary musician charlie parker – musically as important as beethoven yet not regarded as such during his lifetime. he died penniless, drunk, liver drenched with whiskey and laughing at a juggler on tv.
wigtilt lets rip with a constant chaotic soundtrack of jazz back-beats, with skin-headed performers clad in enlarged pin-striped suits, dancing awkwardly thru a mondrian inspired installation, constructed entirely of aluminium squares with sections of video projecting thru. a complicated, emotive work that physically challenged pvi performers and extended experimentation with pvi’s darkly humorous digital performer b.u.d.d.i, given visual form via computer generated animations in the form of the first mathematical device – an abacus.
this work may be about the chaos of modern life, its impulses towards cruelty, towards indulgence, towards sexuality that moves from male to female… perhaps its meaning would come clearer on several viewings, like an avant garde work of art.
devised & performed by pvi collective
perth institute of contemporary arts, perth, wa. aug 1999 links
audience implication: pvi collective by bec dean – artlink vol 24. 2004