OFFSHORE: A structure that enables EVERYONE (some of whom will have met before, some of whom will not have met) to maintain a state of rehearsal, over a number of days, in public.
EVERYONE: A group of performing persons who are paid to create an ALIBI and in doing so activate OFFSHORE.
ALIBI: A public performance or exhibition commission for AUDIENCE.
AUDIENCE: Persons who visit the ALIBI.
OPEN: EVERYONE exchanges, or manipulates STANDARDS.
STANDARDS: Performance repertoire that is resolved and can be scored.
ANNOUNCED MOMENTS OF TENSION: Whilst being OPEN, EVERYONE momentarily pays attention to the room and to each other. ANNOUNCED MOMENTS OF TENSION are mini-exercises in activating the weighted attention needed to be IN COMPANY.
IN COMPANY: EVERYONE activates their attention towards one another to perform a combination of STANDARDS, the order of which is not decided on in advance. This combination is a PLOT-FORM.
PLOT-FORM: Always just beginning, or yet to form, a PLOT-FORM arrives from the improvised decision-making of EVERYONE when IN COMPANY. PLOT-FORM comes from the theatre and is unlike industrial and commercial Platforms, that function through adoptions of use and produce reliance as forms of control.
YESTERDAY: EVERYONE talks about what happened IN COMPANY, the day before.
XXX DAYS AGO: EVERYONE talks about what happened IN COMPANY, XXX days ago.
INVENTORY: List of all resolved STANDARDS.
OPEN INVENTORY: List of unresolved STANDARDS.
ORATIONS: INVENTORY is performed from start to finish, in no particular order.
AGAINST THE PERFORMATIVE: A lecture or a reading group.
GRADATIONS OF CONTROL: A workshop on scoring STANDARDS.
READING THE READER: EVERYONE reads THE READER.
THE READER: Selected reading material, generated or suggested by EXTERNAL INFLUENCES, printed and perfect bound for EVERYONE.
AUDIENCE READER: Selected reading material from THE READER.
EXTERNAL INFLUENCE: Persons who contributed to building the organising principles of OFFSHORE through a number of GATHERINGS, but who are not paid to make the ALIBI.
GATHERINGS: Public transdisciplinary gatherings with philosophers, artists, writers, scientists etc., which defined and shaped OFFSHORE.
ROTA: A human-scale matte black vinyl wall ROTA, stating the number of days OFFSHORE has assembled the times at which all items in this glossary take place on a given day.
ARCHIVE: That which is left behind when OFFSHORE disassembles.
LEGIBILITY COORDINATOR, ACCOUNTANT, ALIBI BROKER & FICTION WRITER Cally Spooner
ORGANISATION, CARE Meret Kaufmann
DANCER, ARCHIVE Maggie Segale
DANCER, ARCHIVE Jasmine Attié
DANCER, ARCHIVE Alice Mackenzie
DANCER, ARCHIVE Juli Brandano
DANCER, ARCHIVE Stève Paulet
DANCER, ARCHIVE Emily McDaniel
DANCER, ARCHIVE Dina Khuseyn
KEEPER OF SPACE & TIME Jesper List Thomsen
READER WRITER DRUMMER Lynton Talbot
SOUNDTRACK & RHYTHM Chloé Turpin
METABOLISM William Crosby
METABOLISM Joe Zeitlin
SCORE TECHNICIAN Roland Brauchli
PSYCHIATRIST Dr. Isabel Valli
ERASURE, TOUR GUIDE, ORDINARY MAN Michelangelo Miccolis
INVENTORY OF STANDARDS *
(in no particular order, not subject to change)
TOUR OF THE ROTA: A tour of the ROTA
THE JACKAL: A four to six person dance
DUET: A one person dance with one person’s voice
DRAG DRAG SOLO: A three person dance
TRANSFER OF KNOWLEDGE : Two bodies, from two groups, share knowledge and build a manageable, exchangeable solo for a new foreign body
AN EXCHANGEABLE SOLO: A solo built from the knowledge of two non-exchangeable groups
DEFECTIVE BABOON, THE BABOON WHO WON’T GIVE UP: Impromptu reading of the transcribed words of Dr Chuck Feldstone, Texan behavioural psychiatrist
BEDTIME BEATS : A hotel alarm clock
HOT 97 : Live stream radio
6500K 30000 LUMENS: An artificial daylight condition
36.5°C: A room heats to as close to healthy body temperature as possible
BY ALL ACCOUNTS THIS WAS A VERY ORDINARY MAN: An ordinary man handles soap and language
WARM UP: A continual warm up
WE THE COMPANY: Aggressive business literature, counter to OFFSHORE’s spirit
AGAINST THE PERFORMATIVE : A lecture
OPEN INVENTORY OF STANDARDS *
(in no particular order, subject to change)
PASSED TIME: Bronze or stone casts of handled soap
WE RUN SHORT ON LONDON BRICKS: A blue window filter, mostly used in construction and to protect from heat, voyeurs and bricks
SCORCHED EARTH OUCH: A song
METRE: Music for Cello
STILL LIFE: A tour of Paul Cézanne’s painted apricots
DEAR KEVIN SPACEY: Erased and censored fan mail
SHIT-POST : Series of contemporaneous postings relating to the present future culture wars and the erosion of language
AN EXPANDED DIAGRAM OF POWER: to reverse engineer an ALIBI
UNITED IN STOMACH FLU, LONDON WEEPS: An operative fiction, our present condition, re-presented as a novel-in-progress, written by the LEGIBILITY COORDINATOR, ACCOUNTANT, ALIBI BROKER & FICTION WRITER