Act 41 VIVID/Fierce, Birmingham

Act 41  took place at 2.30pm on Saturday 31 March 2012 in the grounds of  Birmingham Cathedral  with 10 Co-Recitors in English, French and Romanian. Act 41 was presented by VIVID and FIERCE Festival with refreshments hosted at Kafe 6/8  
Act 41 is reviewed by Fierce Press Gang  and by Beverley Knowles at this is tomorrow 

Preamble Monica Ross
Article 3 Yasmeen Baig-Clifford
Article 3 Luke Thomas Edwards
Article 5 Kate Spence
Article 7 Cornelin Hoffman Romanian
Article 9 Cornelin Hoffman Romanian

Article 13 Mo White
Article 14 Monica Ross
Article 16 Haroon Baig
Article 19 Hermione Sethi
Article 21 Chris Turner  French
Article 23 Glynis Powell
Article 24 Chris Turner  French
Article 27.1 Hermione Sethi
Article 29 Haroon Baig and Monica Ross

Article 27.1 Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and share in scientific advancement and it’s benefits.

The central city site of the Cathedral’s grounds was a challenging place to speak from so many, many thanks to all the Co-Recitors for their courage in taking part. Shortly before the recitation VIVID sadly had to announce their closure, an event which brought Article 27 strongly into focus and gave Act 41 the privilege of becoming VIVID’s final event.:

Established in 1992, VIVID has become a leading organisation within the region and has achieved a strong reputation for its work with artist moving image and its track record of forging new collaborations between artists, the academic sector and industry. From the little seen work of the Film and Video Workshop Movement; to festivals about Fluxus and new shows from rising British artists such as Venice Silver Lion winner Haroon Mirza, the exhibition programme has won acclaim for juxtaposing new artist research and practice with key historical works and movements … to read the full announcement please go to

Many, Many thanks to VIVID’s Director, Yasmeen Baig-Clifford; Nicola Lowery, Laura Coult, Marian Hall and Sam Groves at VIVID: Co-Director of FIERCE Harun Morrison, Caroline and Stewards and all at FIERCE; the Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, Dean of Birmingham, Carole Currier, the Vergers and all at Birmingham Cathedral who enabled Act 41 to be realised; everyone who came and witnessed Act 41;  and last but not least, the young man who took the mike and re-iterated the following after the recitation seemed to have ended:

Article 1 All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

 Act 41 Saturday 31 March 2012  

Preamble Monica Ross English
Article 1 Sarah Teversham English 
Article 3 Yasmeen Baig Clifford English
Article 3 Luke Thomas Edwards English
Article 5 Kate Spence English
Article 7 Cornelin Hoffman Romanian                 
Article 9 Cornelin Hoffman Romanian
Article 13 Mo White English 
Article 16 Haroon Baig English
Article 19 Hermione Sethi English
Article 20 Glynis Powell  English
Article 21 Chris Turner French
Article 23 Glynis Powell  English
Article 24 Chris Turner French
Article 25 Hermione Sethi English
Article 27.1 Hermione Sethi English 
Article 29 Haroon Baig and Monica Ross English
Act 41 list @ 2.20pm  31.03.2012
All the photographs on this page are by Bernard G Mills


13 Responses to “ Act 41 VIVID/Fierce, Birmingham ”

  1. Luke Thomas Edwards on 03/04/2012 at 14:23

    hi im luke who did article 3 on the day
    just wanted to say thanks for letting me get involved on such short notice
    and my full name is luke thomas edwards.
    is there a video up of the event??
    thanks again luke.

    • monica on 03/04/2012 at 15:42

      dear luke,
      many thanks for being in touch – was wondering how i would find out your full name and thank you for taking part on saturday! there will be video, that will take a bit longer- meantime i’m updating the page above and will send out some stills for everyone to see later today. fierce press gang have also posted a concise and insightful review here if you would like to have a look:
      best for now, monica

  2. monica on 29/03/2012 at 19:13

    hi again Hermione- are you going to speak your Articles in English?

  3. monica on 29/03/2012 at 19:02

    hi hermione, that’s fantastic – thank you!

  4. Mo White on 29/03/2012 at 17:48

    Hello Monica!

    I will do my best with Article 13 in English; which has some relevance for me – I can’t do it in Gaelic unless I’m allowed to ad-lib, which I think I’m not!

    See you on Saturday,

  5. monica on 29/03/2012 at 11:23

    hi Glynis,
    thanks so much. if you like we could divide the 4 points of Article 23 between us?
    In the meeting at VIVId Haroon mentioned the particular relevance of point 1 at the moment, (which includes the right to free choice of employment), given the current DHSS / Work Placement Schemes with PoundStretcher and other companies., so it’s great that you are going to do it…not to mention point 2 and the equal pay debate 63 years on….!

    wish you all the best for your memorising – am also going to be working on mine today… it is the attempt or struggle to remember under pressure that matters- as you’ll see even though i’ve done it so many times i still make loads of mistakes…

    thanks so much for taking this on and look forward to seeing you, and meeting chris, on saturday – hopefully in the sun!

    • monica on 29/03/2012 at 22:19

      ok let’s do that , we can decide which points when we meet on saturday – the plan is to meet in Kafe 6/8 from 1.00 and then return there after the recitation for refreshments.

      many thanks to Chris too- think this will be the second time we’ve had Article 24 in French, which seems appropriate in terms of upholding worker’s rights to holidays with pay!

  6. monica on 26/03/2012 at 09:39

    that’s two long ones.! great, thank you. and i’m always grateful when someone else takes Article 16 , it’s not the most popular article as so much controversy is embedded within it

  7. YBC on 26/03/2012 at 08:54

    3 artists groups are circulating the call to recite, esp. Article 27. I’m going to attempt that one.Lousy are remembering lines but will have a go.

    • monica on 26/03/2012 at 09:48

      yes! fantastic- thanks!

  8. monica on 22/03/2012 at 15:51

    if you would like to hear interviews with previous Co-Recitors about why they took part and why they chose the Articles they recited there are some great radio interviews at these links:

    Act 31
    Act 37

    the soas podcast includes Articles being spoken in Amharic, Persian, Tegregna and Twi – a language of Ghana

  9. monica on 22/03/2012 at 15:22

    cheers Haroon and great to hear from you