No Collective





No Collective (You Nakai, Kay Festa, Ai Chinen, Jay Barnacle, Earle Lipski, et al.) makes performances that explore the physical and metaphysical infrastructures of performance. The variety of output have included music(ians), dance(rs), theatre, theory, play-scripts, picture books, haunted houses, nursery rhymes, journals, and video works.

Since its inception circa 2008, members of No Collective have varied both in quantity (from none to sixty) and quality (from reluctant novices to devoted professionals) according to circumstances and demands. Aside from live performances, we have also released several performances in publication form including Concertos (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011), a play-script which describes and prescribes the process of preparation, execution, and documentation of a music concert in three-acts; and Sonnet for ‘Concertos No.4’ (National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo, 2013), a score of a nursery rhyme whose lyrics are the necessary instructions for making a three-hour long music concert.

No Collective has been featured in Leonardo Music Journal (vol.24, 2014) for doing interesting things with technology. A brief self-portrayal of our activities forms part of an interview with You Nakai published in Perspectives of New Music (Winter, 2013). Detailed study of our performances have appeared in TDR (MIT Press), Brooklyn Rail, and Performing Arts Journal (MIT Press), among other eminent outlets.

Curatorial projects include the first concerts of the Argentinian composer Ellen C. Covito in New York, Tokyo, and Berlin, and the first concert of the maverick instrument builder Cody Eikman. No Collective also runs the publishing project Already Not Yet which has released Ellen C. Covito: Works After Weather (2014), Museum of Unheard (of) Things (2015), Are We Here Yet? (2016), and Matters of Act (A) (2016), among other curious paraphernalia.