Terminal Experience was one of a series of mixed media events (including 'Cube' and 'Kong') which were created by members of Blackie staff, in this case led by Martin Brems; in conjunction with poets - in this case Dave Calder and Jim Stewart; and musicians, in this case Death Kit, Nick Morgan and Jim Stewart.
The impetus was as the invites made clear to combine live electronic music and poetry. But more than that it reflected the desire of the young people, who staffed and visited the Blackie at that time, to work together, across media to create what we called total events.
Terminal Experience took place in the old auditorium (earlier the meeting room of the former Congregational Church) with the central space filled by an uninflated inflateable or airbed on which the audience sat after divesting thermselves of shoes, and other loose items, etc. They faced a white wall within which were set electronic equipment and controls and monitors - some of which were practical and some of which were simply props. Behind this was the raised performance area.
Above the audience seated on the uninflated inflateable airbed. Left the wall with its inset electronic TV, lightbox etc. in front of the perfoming area.
During the show the inflateable air bed was inflated, liftinmg the audience who then began to play on it
The inflated airbed also provided a perfomance base for the dancers so that It was often only possible to distinguish the performers from the audience because the performers wore bright red overalls.
The performers in their bright red overalls amidst the audience on both the uninflated and inflated airbed
Terminal Experience was a strange mix - the audience had freedom to play around, the music and setting was very 60s (particularly the lightshows) and yet the 'contollers' (a practical necessity with an inflateable airbed ) standing around in red uniform rather like prison guards, someone in a lab coat checking the electronic equipment, and the constant videoing gave the whole show a sort of sci-fi futuristic and very controlled and controlling feel. The 'guards' ensured that the 'audience at play ' did not and couldl not leave the inflateable airbed
A Great Georges Project
Death Kit : Martin Brems
and many friends
Music composed by:-
Words written by:-
Music - Death kit
Words - Dave calder
Dance - Sandie Armstrong
Control - Sue Adams
Fine electronics - Tobias Holland
Lighting Effects - Jym Macritchie
Tyrano saurus - Alwyn Jones
Video - Judy Bates
Inflateable - Rob Harries
Lab. Technician - Chris Mead
Costumes - Sandie Armstrong
Environment Created by Roland Shannon
Martin, Dave, Sandie, Howard, Dave, Wendy, Rob, Jym, Mo
Sue, Steve, Steph, Ed, Bob, Toby, Chris, Judy, Sally, Tommy,
Directed by Martin Brems
The event was made possible by equipment loan & services from:-
Mr. Danny Jones
Mr. Eddie Barker
Manchester Armature Ltd.
Liverpool regional College of Art
It was originally intended that there would be only one performance on Friday 28th of April but such was the demand for tickets that we did a second performance on Saturday the 29th.