Norfolk & Norwich Festival: Busy May Part Two

21 April 2010
A Short Message Spectacle

I’m making a new text-messaging performance to be presented at Norfolk & Norwich Festival in May. Lasting the  duration of the festival, the new piece – A Short Message Spectacle (An SMS) – is an imaginary performance lasting 16 days, with each of its scenes described by text message, relayed as virtual events taking place through the day and night in diverse locations across an equally imaginary city. The audience for the work are subscribers to a special phone number (see below), and the events of the performance are summoned by text message alone, described and unfolding via a series of missives each day.

Receiving the texts that make up the project A Short Message Spectacle (An SMS) is free – to sign up as an audience member for text NNF, your postcode and your age to 60777.

A Short Message Spectacle (An SMS) follows my earlier SMS projects Surrender Control (2001) and 39 Or So To Do (2008).


My existing 2008 neon works (see here for pictures of a previous installation of them) are also on show as part of NNF at locations around the city, alongside five or six new neons specially commissioned for the festival.


Also in Norwich I’ll be performing in the Forced Entertainment durational piece Quizoola! on Saturday 15th May from 6pm to midnight.