For You Nakai
Believing themselves to be quite progressive for their species, a group of ants get together and decide to form a collective. They gather the necessary documentation, fill out all the proper information in the correct little boxes, get photos taken in appropriate size and dimension and angle, and step precisely through every single hoop required of them to become an officially recognized collective.
Their application is denied, however, on the grounds that ants are an inherently collective species, and this designation would be redundant and downright unnecessary.
One ant is so upset by this verdict that it begins to cry, thereby forging a breach in the collective emotional unity of the group. This very breach, however, makes the officer falter, reconsider for a brief moment, entertaining the possibility of a radical change of heart, but this very possibility of a change in the officer's heart makes the ant's tears dry up, which lands them all back at their original, inherently collective state, and that's the end of that story.
No Collective (You Nakai, Kay Festa, Ai Chinen, Jay Barnacle, Earle Lipski, et al.) makes performances that explore and exploit both the conceptual and material infrastructures of performance. The many forms of output have included music(ians), dance(rs), theatre, 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. No Collective has been featured in Leonardo Music Journal (vol.24, 2014) for doing interesting things with technology. Aside from proper performances, we have also released several publications including Concertos (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011), a book which describes and prescribes the process of preparation, execution, and documentation of a music concert in the form of a play-script; 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. A brief self-portrayal of No Collective’s activities forms part of an interview with You Nakai by Elizabeth Hoffman published in Perspectives of New Music (Winter, 2013). Curatorial projects include the first concerts of the Argentinian composer Ellen C. Covito in New York, Tokyo, and Berlin. 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)