Max Leonard Hitchings, WW, 2014. Photo: Bernard G Mills

Max Leonard Hitchings, WW, 2014. Photo: Bernard G Mills

Max Leonard Hitchings
WW

Saturday 7 June 2014
19:00—19:30

Beach Hut

The initials WW stand for Woody Woodpecker as anti-arborescent avatar, the first, the last, destroyer, creator, devourer of the upright, the world bringer, the usher, the big crunch.

Taking his cue from the title of John Walter’s project Turn My Oyster Up, i.e. ‘make me smile’, Max Leonard Hitchings will present a sacred fool in the form of Woody Woodpecker, whose colours are yellow, red and blue, adorned with the Hebrew letters א(Aleph), the Fool in the tarot, ש(Shin), the Aeon/Judgement in the tarot and מ(Mem), the Hanged Man in the tarot.

Hitchings casts Woody’s penchant for destroying trees as ‘crazy wisdom’, attempting to ally it to an anti-arborescent tendency, in line with Deleuze and Guattari’s rhizome theory.

WW is a transformative ritual performance featuring noise, extended vocal and breathing techniques and utilising manic humour as a form of initiatory gnosis.

Max Leonard Hitchings, WW, 2014. Photo: Bernard G Mills
Max Leonard Hitchings, WW, 2014. Photo: Bernard G Mills