Each year, as a way of celebrating the vision behind Longplayer’s long term aspirations, Artangel invites a leading cultural thinker to conduct a public conversation with someone they have never met, and to engage in a discussion inspired by the philosophical premise of a project which unfolds, in real time, over the course of a millennium.
Curator and historian David Rooney talked about the long-term experiment of Greenwich Mean Time.
In the third of this summer’s Longplaying events artist and film maker Andrew Kötting and writer Iain Sinclair talked about their new collaborative work Swandown and the Long Pedal.
The third Longplayer Live performance, together with a Long Conversation (at the C.M.J.), took place in San Francisco on October the 16th, 2010, presented by the Long Now Foundation. Participants are listed here. The conversations can be watched and listened to here.
For three months, Wood Street Galleries in Pittsburgh hosted a Longplayer listening post. The opening night, 1 October 2010, saw the world premiere of Shortplayer #1, the first of a new series of compositions by Jem Finer. Shortplayer #1 is an hour-long composition for 7 brass and reed players based on the compositional pricipals of Longplayer.
The second Longplayer Live performance took place at Longplayer’s 10th annual New Year’s Eve event at the Lighthouse, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London. Marking the first complete decade of Longplayer’s 1000-year duration, the performance lasted 3 hours from 12 midday to 3 p.m. GMT (i.e. 00:00 – 03:00 IDLE, the first three hours of the new year at…
Jem Finer’s Longplayer is famously the longest non-repeating piece of music ever composed. It has been playing continuously since the first moments of the millennium, performed by computers around the world.
On September 12th, 2009, Longplayer took a giant step forward with its first-ever live performance, at the Roundhouse, London. This historic 17-hour event spanned 1000 minutes of Longplayer’s 1000-year duration, from 08:00 on the morning of the 12th until 00:40 on the morning of the 13th.
Early on the 21st June 2005, Ohad Fishof set out to walk very slowly across London Bridge. ‘Set against the varying speeds and rhythms of urban life – pedestrians, cars, trains, airplanes, water, clouds, birds, boats and buildings – a Slow Walk is a simple way of giving form to the passing of time. Slowing down a natural, instinctive action such as walking exposes its mechanical depths and inherent dramas. It magnifies slight changes. As in the slow motion shots of a blooming flower in wildlife documentaries, it allows ones attention to shift, enabling the rediscovery of the slow, invisible changes behind the fast visible ones.’