Bill Drummond – The 17 (317. REPEAT) – Derby Quad, 22 August 2008

Bill Drummond The 17 (317. REPEAT) – Opportunity to take part

The first major event to launch the new QUAD building ‘The 17’ (317. REPEAT) will take place on August 22nd in Derby’s Market Place and we need your voice! Quad have invited renowned artist and musician Bill Drummond, to create a unique performance piece the performance will involve a cross section of the community currently living or working in the Derby city. We are looking for 100 groups of 17 people from all over Derby who fall into the categories listed on the Quad website:

For example you may be a Nurse, Cyclist, Mad Scientist, D.J. or even a Loser! You may be an individual or established group or maybe you just know someone who you think would like to take part. ‘The 17’ is a choir, but you do not have to be able to sing well to take part (in fact you may even be tone deaf). Bill Drummond will be running sessions to record 100 groups of 17 Derby people between 10th June and July 18th. All groups of 17 will be recorded together making one note with their voices for five minutes, they will also have a group photo and a short video portrait will be filmed. The whole session will last for 45 minutes, but you’ll be taking part in a historic and ground breaking project that will be interesting, engaging and fun. The 100 separate sound recordings will be mixed together to create one huge sound piece that will have its one and only performance on the 22nd August and afterwards will be deleted forever! All participants will be invited as Quad’s Special Guests to a private view reception and personal tour of QUAD. The film will show on the BBC Big Screen and inside QUAD, and the photographs will be included in the exhibition inside QUAD and published in a special ‘The 17’ (317. REPEAT) book. For more information on the groups, the project in general or to register your email the17 [at] or call Alfredo Cramerotti on 01332 295897 or visit ‘The 17’ (317. REPEAT) is a major QUAD commission by internationally renowned artist Bill Drummond and is supported by Radleigh Homes and BAF Graphics.

Dear all

We would be very interested for you to take part in one of our groups. But here’s a question, we are asking all people who register an interest the same question. Can you find another 16 friends to complete your group or maybe a couple more friends to take part? Look at the list of groups we hope to record on; But don’t miss out, groups names can be flexible so if you have a great idea for a Derby group you can put together please suggest it! Don’t worry if you can’t find 16 friends, as you’ll still be able to take part, just have a look at the list and see which groups you may fit into and email us back!

Kind Regards
The 17
01332 295924