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Street LAB – a micro-festival of live art

Listen to a range of musical talent or have a go at busking yourself on our pop-up pianos positioned at sites across the city, as part of Street LAB – a micro-festival of live art with a musical twist occurring on the streets of the city throughout Art Week Exeter, 13th-20th May 2017.

Email info@musicindevon.org to book a slot or turn up at Exeter Library, Guildhall Shopping or The Boat Shed at Piazza Terracina between 10am and 6pm to see if one is free.

Visit on Sat 13 May for the chance of happening upon a jazz jamming session from Neil Todd and Charlie Hearnshaw, launching the first day of piano pop-ups in the city. The Neil Todd Ensemble will be at Exeter Library 10-11am, Guildhall 12-12.45pm, and The Boat Shed 3-3.45pm.

The Street LAB project also includes the following scheduled live art performances…

Get It Off Your Chest – 13th, 14th & 20th May

Musical performance duo Asthma experiment with noise making as a way to realise political frustrations. They’ve been gathering a sound bin of discarded, accidental and overlooked stuff and sounds from Exeter’s streets… join them for a live, improvised collaboration between voices and sound scrap for a musical dance jam of a performance and let out a collective scream. Asthma are performance makers Alice Human and Hannah Sullivan.


A Five Year Old Could Do That – 13th, 14th & 19th, 20th May

Criticisms such as “a five-year-old could do that” or “it’s not art” are often levelled at contemporary art, and especially at performance artists. Almost anyone – including animals, like chimps and elephants- can make and share deliberate images, sounds and movements, but could a five-year-old actually make contemporary art? What defines the difference between art and non-art, especially for general and unspecialised audiences? And conversely, are the proverbially easy things that five-year-olds do really so easy? Alistair Gentry will find out by taking a toy piano to the streets and publicly learning music from scratch using a system designed for kindergarten children. This live art busking pitch is equally influenced by John Cage’s works for toy or prepared pianos, and by the most basic comedy tactic of a grown man playing a very small piano very badly.  alistairgentry.net

The Song Dispensary 18th, 19th & 20th May

A trusted partner for your medical-musical needs! The Song Dispensary dispenses music like the chemist dispenses medicine. Sign up for your own personal consultation to decide what kind of song they can make that best suit your needs. You’re then free to explore the rest of Art Week Exetre, and return a short time later to pick up your original song, performed for you live. They can produce up to six songs each day. As an audience member you can watch and listen as they compose and dispense their musical medicine.

Your song will later go online at The Song Dispensary for you to listen to at home. In the interests of patient confidentiality the online version of your song will only be recognisable to you. The Song Dispensary will happen at the pop-up pianos. Check the signs there to find out what time the next consultations and performances are taking place. The song alchemists are Hans Kellett & Jörg Hochapfel from Berlin based punk chanson band Princessin Hans. princessinhans.de


Street LAB is an artist-led project visioned by Blind Ditch and Exeter Phoenix in partnership with Music In Devon Initiative. The project is funded by Exeter City Council and Arts Council England, and supported by Exeter Library, Guildhall Shopping Centre and The Boat Shed, a Bike Shed Theatre project.


Get It Off Your Chest by Asthma

10am – 5pm Sat 13 May Exeter Central Station
10am – 5pm Sun 14 May Art Market, Exeter Quay
10am-5pm Sat 20 May Exeter City Centre & Exeter Quay

A Five Year Old Could Do That by Alistair Gentry

10am – 5pm Sat 13 May in sites across Exeter city centre
10am – 4pm Sun 14 May Art Market, Exeter Quay
10am – 5pm Fri 19 May Exeter City Centre
10am – 5pm Sat 20 May Exeter City Centre & Exeter Quay

The Song Dispensary by Princessin Hans

10am – 5pm Thu 18 May Exeter Library
10am – 5pm Fri 19 May Guildhall Shopping Centre
11am– 6pm Sat 20 May The Boat Shed, Exeter Quay

Pop-up Pianos

Sat 13 – Sat 20 May 10am – 6pm Exeter Library, Guildhall Shopping and The Boat Shed at Piazza Terracina.

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