Weird experiences anyone?

Discussing Saturday’s night ‘play’  -  Odyssey by Dominic J Allen inspired by Homer –  I got to think about some weird experiences and how the play fitted on my list.

I have a top 4 weird things I can think of right now.

Here goes the list:

1) Marina Abramovic

Back in 2009 when she presented the ‘unerving and unforgetable‘ part of Manchester International Festival (2011 is on the way, yeaaah). It was set in The Whitworth Art Gallery who had been totally emptied of all art work for this incredible occasion. I was a volunteer there and took part in a 4h lock in, dressed in a lab coat, standing in 4 of the galleries – all more crazy than one another.

I have tried telling people about the out-of-this-world experience but no words could describe it. That was until  I found a video that does show a tiny bit of the wackiness of it. Enjoy!

I came out feeling like I had been in a very vivid dream, slightly disorientated but amazed. I loved it.

2) Bungee jumping.

This was a surprise treat for El Boyfriendo’s birthday. I thought it would be a lovely thing to do, jumping over a lake together, attached by a string. I got butterflies as soon as I booked it and until the day before the jump. On the day, I was surprisingly calm. Got to the venue and thought it didn’t look half as bad really. That was until we were put on a crane and lifted to 40m high. People on the ground looked like ants. So did my courage.

One way? Out. So we did. Off we jumped and bounced for a wee while over clear blue waters. What a strange sensation it is to feel the void and free fall. It is a feeling of excitment and horror mixed with unknown. Weird but I am not sure I would do it again.

3) The first Museum of Fluorescent Art in Amsterdam.

Yep, the first of its kind and probably the only one in the world. If you need to visit a museum in Amsterdam, make it this one! “The only museum of its kind in the world”.

I got to know this place the first time I visited ‘dam back in 2004 when I was on my student year abroad. I met up with my fellow uni friend and we went there on recommendations. Result? A mind blowing experience. We ended up on a very special visit with Nick – the Californian dude artist who loves to experiment with colour (the brightest the better) and who loves fluorescent and phosphorescent stones.

He built a psychedelic grotto and spent some quality time exploring its inspirational benefits. Now available to visit, he or his lovely artist French g’friend Michelle, will be happy to show you round and explain all the little intricate details of the place. Some fantastic little and very cheesey gems.

I have been every time I went back to ‘dam 4 times and everytime I take new visitors to the place. I have developed a little relationship with the artists and I love going back to Electric Ladyland (of course – Hendricks).

It is a bit of a crazy place and it is located in a really cool part of the city. I would highly recommend a visit.

4) Odyssey at The Lowry.

Saturday night 2011. Taken to the belly of the beast, in the basement of the theatre in a lift with a man wearing a fascinator, a white shirt, a bow tie, and tiny white hot pants with a plastic ball in it…Then lead us (15 peeps or so) into a dingy room covered from floor to ceiling in random blankets and filled with a miss-match load of furniture. We were told to sit wherever around the room as we were to participate. Yes, it was an experimental participatory play… It took a while for the actress to get someone to read and get people involved in general. I had to give out balls to people and was told “Enough, there’re enough balls out now”. We got to throw them at a man lying on a table and do monster noises. Random really. Then we got told to F. off and we went.

Result? I came out dazed, not knowing what happened. I didn’t get what the play was about or was trying to say nor did El Boyfriendo. Looks like we’re not the only one. Fail.

Just some old and not so old memories of randomness here!

What are yours?


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