Improv Night: Fire by Mark Sheeky

Improv Night: Fire
Mash Guru, Macclesfield
17 October 2017

About this event
One of a series of experimental art performance nights at music venue Mash Guru, curated and organised by Sabine Kussmaul and I. The theme of the evening was Fire.

Acts included artists Becca Smith and Jacki Clark painting to music, Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima by Krzysztof Penderecki, and audience members could shout out words associated with the music, which were painted in. Michael Chisholm supplied some doodles made while listening to music, which were then re-interpreted by live musicians; Simon Ross, Simon Oliver, Becca Smith and myself.

Deborah Edgeley read quotes from Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 415, echoed by Mark on a vocoder to a background sound of burning. Scientist Daniel Hayden produced the effects of fire in volunteers who wore blindfolds while they were exposed to heat and flame sounds, and later water spray to the sound of rain.

Claire Bassi read some poetry about zoroastrianism, and Becca Smith encouraged everyone to draw with fire, using sparklers and cameras with long exposures to produce images of fire frozen in space.