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Birthday Celebration at 321 Divisadero St. Performances by: Norma Jeistibo Charles Amerkhanian (indecipherable)
The above score for a twenty-four-day workshop was used to establish a sequence of activities, and pre-program the major actions of forty student participators in the San Francisco Bay area within a geographical radius of one hundred miles during the summer of 1968.
As the sequence of events was linear (that is, the events were sequential and progressive), not overlapping, and all forty people were always engaged in the same basic activities (interactions were confined to those within the group itself), the score has a calendar like appearance. The major controlling devices within the score, here, are length of time for each event and its location. Each actual event itself admits for great latitude within the time sequence, and the procedures for each event are not significant to the form of the total score (although they had their own internal meanings).
This process enabled the workshop leaders to pre-plan an intricate sequence of events in various locations before the fact, and analyze them before, during, and then after the events with an understanding of their interrelatedness. It also made possible adjustments to the program based on feedbacks during the period, with a full understanding of how these adjustments would affect the events to follow.
Within the major calendarlike score, other more detailed scores controlled the specific daily events. These varied from happenings to precise theatre pieces and environmental events. (See City Map, p.79 for a complex and overlapping score for day 1.)
Typed by Cheryl Vega 7-29-95