Cumulator 11 took place in the Void Gallery, Derry/Londonderry.
The project was initiated by James King.
Participants need not be performing in the same location, or even the same country, providing that they are performing at the same time. Generally in Cumulator group duration all performances people begin with their own intuitive initiatives and eventually begin to draw upon each other’s energy and ideas.
There is no over-riding theme. The emphasis is upon spontaneous creativity and presence, responsiveness to the location, circumstances, internal promptings, associations, memories, each other and the audience. Participants are expected to be real; ie. Aiming for authenticity; and no acting. People may use any materials they wish, which are practical within the space, providing that these materials can be shared.
Participants may use movement, voice, actions, visual imagery, ritual, sculptural forms, vocal or other sounds etc. Eg. Everyday actions in a performative mode. The form is the overall Cumulator year. Participants are part of a bigger picture.
During each Cumulator performance the artists will be expected to be in performance mode throughout. Eg. Someone might be resting in stillness, but still be in the frame, actively aware and observant. Short toilet breaks might occur and people are obviously free to take a drink or nibble something for sustenance; but “out of zone” gaps or social chat will not be anticipated. Although conversation might become part of the process. (And process is fundamental feature of Cumulator actions).The performative group energy will be sustained and sustaining; even in the knowledge of the simultaneous engagement of participants in other locations. In long performances, actions and activities pass under the microscope of the mind, hurry vanishes and time is a friend.
There might be a large audience in attendance, a minimal audience or none at all. Although some form of documentation will be hoped for.