Exercise: Giveaway Construction

people talking on the street

Alison Knowles, Giveaway Construction (1963) – as performed in a Canadian Festival W.O.R.K.S. in the late seventies.

Alison Knowles, Giveaway Construction (1963)

The score reads: “Find something you like in the street and give it away. Or find a variety of things, make something of them, and give it away.”

I heard from the people in the festival that they had a wonderful time making little handheld objects from things they found in the street but the problem was to actually give away the things they had made to strangers. As far as I know, this is the only live performance of this score. As a score it is reproduced in “Technicians of the Sacred” by Jerome Rothenburg. ” – Knowles