“The Realities of Fiction: ANY 4 ACTS by Already Not Yet/No Collective” | Studies in Theatre and Performance (38-1), 2018, Routledge

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The new issue of Studies in Theatre and Performance (Routledge) will feature a detailed re-view of ANY 4 ACTS that we staged in Berlin and Cyprus last March/April. Written by Cody Eikman, the piece describes and analyzes the series of events we enacted from the situated standpoint of one particular audience which reveals an implicit mechanism at work behind the surface disjointness between the four “acts.”

[Follow-up (May 2018): After going through the necessary edits and corrections, a peer-reviewer (whose rather redundant job is to review reviews) requested the re-viewer to make some connection with “exterior discourse,” by which he meant theories and works that are currently fashionable in academia. Since the methodology chosen to write the text, namely to describe and analyze the series of events from the situated standpoint—”itinerary of thoughts” and “trajectory of experience”—of one particular audience who experienced them made it difficult to include such references in the main text, and also because the list of people and issues the peer-reviewer listed up appeared arbitrary and irrelevant to the work being reviewed, the re-viewer offered instead to discuss such matters in a footnote. He received an angry reply from the editor of the journal who was somehow agitated by this response. We thank Cody for allowing us to publish it here instead.]

Are We Here Yet? | December 1 – | Klax Kinderkunstgalerie, Berlin

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Aevi’s Q&A picture book “Are We Here Yet?” is part of an exhibition that started today at the Klax Kinderkunstgalerie in Berlin. There’ll be some limited copies available for purchase at the gallery!
http://www.klax-galerie.de/vorschau

If you can’t be in Berlin, you can still read half of the book from the below link (the author wouldn’t let us put the whole thing for free..):
http://alreadynotyet.org/03.html

 

ANY 4 ACTS | March 27-April 9 | Berlin & Cyprus

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No Collective/Already Not Yet is putting on a series of 4 Acts to launch our new periodical MATTERS OF ACT and a new philosophical Question-and-Answer-and-Picture book ARE WE HERE YET? written by a four-and-a-half-year-old.

Deviating from the usual (boring) meet-the-author, appreciate-her-reading type of book release gatherings, these Acts will stage literal theatrics that reflect and deflect the myriad exploration into “matters of act” engaged in our new journal. Together they grapple with the core problematics of literature and theatre: the enactment of text and the consequent fracturing of time.

The first Act at  Grüntaler9 takes the form of a Panel Discussion about ARE WE HERE YET? and MATTERS OF ACT with You Nakai, Lindsey Drury, Johanna Gilje, Teena Lange, Natália da Silva Perez, & Joël Verwimp, and moderated by two Already Not Yet authors: a very impatient six-year-old Aevi, and a very patient sexagenarian Roland Albrecht from the Museum der Unerhoerten Dinge. Conversation will center on the problems of “Act” (both as action and pretense) and “Past Future Perfect” (the featured topic of the next issue).

The second Act will be an After-The-Fact Rehearsal of the first act at the same venue with the same members (absentees replaced by effigies–stuffed animals, LEGO figures, etc), which aims to achieve through contrivance and pretense what the first Act realized so naturally.

The third Act will reinstate these anti-causal proceedings into a genuinely classical context, by staging a revelatory Denouement at the Ancient Greek Theater of Kourion in Cyprus on April Fool’s day.

The final Act will return to Berlin for a much needed Q&A Session (or the efforts thereof) at the Museum der Unerhoerten Dinge (Museum of Unheard (of) Things), led by the author of the speculative Question-and-Answer book ARE WE HERE YET? The then-four/now-six-years-old Aevi, who is currently learning to read, will attempt to read his own book for the first time in public.

Entrance is free to all 4 Acts. Limited copies of MATTERS OF ACT, ARE WE HERE YET? and other Already Not Yet books will be sold at a special discount price at each Act.

March 27 (Monday) 7:30 PM
ACT 1: PANEL DISCUSSION (on MATTERS OF ACT + ARE WE HERE YET?)
moderated by Aevi & Roland Albrecht
with Johanna Gilje, Teena Lange, Jöel Verwimp, Natália da Silva Perez, Lindsey Drury, You Nakai
grüntaler 9
Grüntaler Straße 9 13357 Berlin
[This Act is reservation-only and limited space is already starting to fill up so please reserve your spot by emailing: info@alreadynotyet.org]

March 31 (Friday) 7:30 PM
ACT 2: AFTER-THE-FACT REHEARSAL (of ACT 1)
moderated by Aevi & Roland Albrecht
with Johanna Gilje, Teena Lange, Jöel Verwimp, Natália da Silva Perez, Lindsey Drury, You Nakai (absentees replaced with effigies)
grüntaler 9
Grüntaler Straße 9 13357 Berlin

April 1 (Saturday) 3 PM
ACT 3: DENOUEMENT (for ACTS 1 and 2)
with Lindsey Drury, You Nakai, Aevi, etc
Kourion Ancient Greek Theatre
9 Km west of Episkopi village, Lemesos-Limassol, 4620 Cyprus

April 9 (Sunday) 3 PM
ACT 4: Q & A SESSION (on ARE WE HERE YET?)
with Aevi & Roland Albrecht, and others
Museum der unerhörten Dinge
Crellestraße 5, 10827 Berlin

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Der in New York ansässige Verlag ALREADY NOT YET (alreadynotyet.org), geleitet von Mitgliedern des No Collective (nocollective.com), präsentiert eine Reihe an „Acts“, um ihre neue Zeitschrift MATTERS OF ACT sowie ein neues philosophisches Frage-und-Antwort-und-Bilderbuch ARE WE HERE YET?, geschrieben von einem vier-und-ein-halb-jährigen Autor zu bewerben.

Abweichend von dem gewöhnlichen Triff-den-Autor- und Hör-dir-die-Lesung-an-Stil werden die Acts wörtlichen Theatraliken auf die Bühne bringen, welche die unzähligen Erkundungen in MATTERS OF ACT (Angelegenheiten der Akt) reflektieren und bespielen werden, mit welchen sich die neue Zeitschrift auseinandersetzt. Dabei entfalten sie Kernfragen des Literarischen und des Theatralen: Die Inszenierung eines Textes und das konsequente Aufbrechen der Zeit.

Der erste Akt im grüntaler 9 (Nur mit Reservierung) hat die Form einer Podiumsdiskussion über ARE WE HERE YET? und MATTERS OF ACT mit Johanna Gilje, Teena Lange, Jöel Verwimp, Natália da Silva Perez, Lindsey Drury & You Nakai, moderiert von zwei Already Not Yet Autoren: einem sehr ungeduldigen sechsjährigen Aevi und einem sehr geduldigen sechzigjährigen Roland Albrecht (Museum der unerhörten Dinge). Übersetzung von Alexander Booth. Die Diskussion beschäftigt sich mit den Fragen von „Act“ (sowohl als Aktion und Schein) und „Past Future Perfect“ (das Thema der nächsten Ausgabe).

Der zweite Akt wird ein nach-den-Fakten „rehearsal“ des ersten Aktes am selben Ort mit den gleichen Teilnehmern sein (die Abwesende durch Puppen ersetzt), welcher durch Erfindungen und Schein zu erreichen sucht, was der erste Akt so natürlich realisierte.

Der dritte Akt wird diese anti-kausalen Vorgänge in einen klassischen Kontext einflechten, indem er dessen Auflösung in dem antiken griechischen Theater von Kourion auf Zypern am ersten April (Aprilscherztag) auf der Bühne präsentiert.

Der letzte Akt wird für eine vermutlich sehr notwendige Frage-und-Antwort Runde in das Museum der unerhörten Dinge nach Berlin zurückkehren, präsentiert von dem Autor des philosophische Frage-und-Antwort Buch ARE WE HERE YET? Der damals-vier-/jetzt-sechs-jährige Autor, der gerade dabei ist, Lesen zu lernen, wird versuchen, aus seinem eigenen Buch vorzulesen zum ersten Mal vor Publikum.

Alle 4 Akte sind kostenlos. Eine limitierte Selektion der Bücher MATTERS OF ACT, ARE WE HERE YET? und weitere Already Not Yet Bücher werden zu Sonderpreisen während jedes einzelnen Akts verkauft.

MATTERS OF ACT: Pre-launch event & rehearsal | December 20 & 23 | milkyeast, Tokyo

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No Collective/Already Not Yet is organizing a pre-launch event for their new periodical MATTERS OF ACT: A Journal of Ideas. This event in Tokyo assembles artists Takuma Ishikawa, Shinichi Takashima, and members of Art User Conference (Satoshi Hashimoto and Katsumasa Matsui) who participated in the inaugural issue, and will be held at the gallery space milkyeast, where the exhibition “Unconditional Restoration,” also featured in the journal, took place. Aside from discussing the content and form and performativity of MATTERS OF ACT, we will hand out Japanese translations of some of the texts, exhibit related documents, and also speculate about the future since that’s what Japanese people do at the end of the year. Also, there will be a “rehearsal” of the panel discussion on December 20, at the same venue. Space is very limited so please reserve your spot by emailing: info@alreadynotyet.org

MATTERS OF ACT: Pre-launch Event | December 23, 2016 | 6-9PM | milkyeast, 2-22-15 Shinkawa

MATTERS OF ACT: Pre-launch Event Rehearsal of Panel Discussion | December 20, 2016 | 6-9PM | milkyeast, 2-22-15 Shinkawa

 

 

Review of “Ellen C. Covito: Works After Weather” | TDR [60-2] (MIT Press)

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Gelsey Bell’s excellent review of our book on Ellen C. Covito‘s music has been published in the summer issue of TDR. Gelsey describes Covito’s works from her own experience of performing them, and draws an insightful comparison between Covito and Charlotte Moorman’s works.

Works After Weather captures the spirit of Covito’s music and communicates it to a readership that most likely has not seen her work performed. In fact, most of the book consists of translations of her prose scores (musical scores written in prose rather than musical notation), which will hopefully encourage more performances of the work. […] The composer proves to be rigorously articulate about the conceptual nature of her work and her role as a composer […] the precision of her ideas and the experience of performing her work reveals that she has mastered the compositional techniques developed in [Charlotte] Moorman’s era — a simultaneous emphasis on action and sound — and given them space to mature. As a rising star in the radical musical traditions […] Covito continues the necessary investigation of the conditions of art”

http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/DRAM_r_00563#.WEf9tKIrKRs

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/619207

The whole book can be read and downloaded for free from Already Not Yet, or here:

http://issuu.com/alreadynotyet/docs/ellenccovitoworksafterweather

“A review of Museum of Unheard (of) Things” | Compulsive Reader

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Compulsive Reader has published a truly excellent review of MUSEUM OF UNHEARD (OF) THINGS (Already Not Yet Press) that You Nakai translated from German with Alexander Booth. It brilliantly articulates the essence of history (writing), referring to Stephen Jay Gould’s criticism of adaptationism, the debate between Hayden White and Carlo Ginzburg on history and narrative, and other theoretical threads that together unravel the complex attitude towards history, objects, and fiction that underpins Roland’s museum/book. It is for readers like this that we publish books.

http://www.compulsivereader.com/2016/07/10/museumofunheardofthings/

“And what we hear through this beautifully illustrated book, page after page and object after object, are histories of failure, stories of things and events that did not manage to register themselves into history. We read about a Swiss watchmaker from the mid-nineteenth century who attempted to create a new standard of time, but was suppressed by authorities who wished to maintain control of how time is kept; The first modern ID card that was created at the request of Michel de Montaigne, which did not prosper as the imperial cities failed to agree on a common format; The miniature model of a statue to commemorate the Soviet dog Laika which never got to be made since the “Committee in Honor of Socialist Achievements in Orbit” could not reach any consensus; A primordial photographic imprint of a girl made by her lover which is taken as a miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary by the local villagers, consequently sending the girl to a convent and bringing the young romance to a tragic end; or an image of Mao Tse-tung that was venerated as St. Anthony of Padua in rural China to save the Christian villagers from the rampage of Cultural Revolution.

The common theme running through these diverse stories is that of a constant failure of objects and people to adapt to the present. Intentions and hopes are misunderstood and neglected, leaving a gap between the object (and its human provenance) and the rest of the world. They become lost because they have lost. As a result, the stories are silenced and forgotten, the objects rendered trivial. Relationships collapse and people die too soon, but hope lies in the fact that things survive—they remain unheard, but nonetheless they remain, clutching onto the periphery of the shared present like the enigmatic sixth finger that demands (a different) history to be told.”

The book can be purchased via Already Not Yet.

Book Review of Museum of Unheard (of) Things | Midwest Book Review

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Here’s a review of “Museum of Unheard (of) Things” by Midwest Book Review:

“Critique: An inherently fascinating and absorbing read from beginning to end, “Museum of Unheard (of) Things” is certain to be an enduringly popular addition to both community and academic library collections, as well as the personal reading lists of anyone with an interest in the strange, the weird, the obscure, and the kind of things that made ‘Ripley’s Believe it Or Not’ so popular for so many decades.”

The nice implication of ‘Believe it Or Not’ is that the stories are, despite their unusualness, true.

http://www.midwestbookreview.com/sbw/mar_16.htm#rc

Here’s the book, if you are interested:
http://www.amazon.com/Museum-Unheard-Things-Ro…/…/0996944206

public service | 2016-2017 | private residence in new york

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1. public service is a series of (pseudo) secret events organized (almost) every month by No Collective (you nakai, et al) and zner (dp) at a private residence in new york.

2. each event is hosted by a different creature (artist choreographer film maker scientist writer philosopher engineer etc) and attended only by 10 (or so) people carefully selected and cordially invited by the host(s) and the organizer(s) for the specific occasion.

3. together the series explores the thin line(s) between legal and illegal public and private performance and attendance substance and subjecthood theory and method real-time and documentation.

4. public service will go on forever (=twelve months) at the end of which we are planning to publish the documentation of the events to make them publicly accessible in retrospect.

5. february will be hosted by no collective at the end of the month.