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May 14, 2008

The17 choir

Evening Telegraph (UK):

Petty criminals and prostitutes will be among the first members of the public allowed into Derby's new showpiece arts complex Quad. They will be part of a 1,700 group of city people recruited for a unique performance art project, which will have its premiere at Quad, then be destroyed.

The 1,700 will be split into 100 themed groups, each representing a cross-section of the community. The kind of people the organisers are seeking to fill the groups include petty criminals, sex workers, sumo wrestlers, lawn mower enthusiasts, ghost hunters and Liverpool fans.

Each 17-strong group will go into a studio to record a single note - these will be put together to form a piece of choral music which will be played once in Market Place on August 22 - then deleted.

The 1,700 people will then be invited to step inside the new £10.8m Quad building and enjoy a tour before it opens to the public later in the summer.

Quad is commissioning the work - called The17 - from controversial performance artist Bill Drummond, formerly of pop band KLF.

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Posted by acapnews at May 14, 2008 9:30 PM

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