Wednesday, November 21, 2018

A shoe filled with soup

Last weekend, Jason Abdelhadi of the Ottawa Surrealist Group was visiting Toronto. On Nov. 18th, at the suggestion of S.Higgins, Jason organized a meeting at a local cafe (Jimmy's Coffee at Queen and Ossington - just a few doors down from one of our old haunts, The Ossington) for discussion and game-playing. The group consisted of William Davison (The Recordists), Joël Gayraud (Le groupe de Paris du mouvement surréaliste), Sherri Higgins (The Recordists), Vittoria Lion (Peculiar Mormyrid contributor), and Jason Abdelhadi (Ottawa Surrealist Group). Here are some of the results:


Dinosaur - A flying entity which has a tendency to erupt into strange squawking every third week of the month.

Balloon - The feathers of the wind when it blows from nowhere.

Harpsichord - A form of whipped topping.

Fence - The speed of ocelots times five.

Monkey - A strange mechanism by which the esophagus of the firmament is paralyzed, spitting frescoes onto the stratospheric forests.

Tornado - An extinct kind of dog indigenous to the inner chambers of Mount Etna.

Mortification of the flesh - The anxiety of the beaver in front of the cheesecake.

Popsicle - 1) A stage actor, 2) a mime.

Owl - A broken reflection in a pond of muddied dreams.

Truth - A shoe filled with soup.

Question and Answer

Q: Why does it rain in the springtime?
A: A cat with a green ear and a terrible sense of humor.

Q: What is the oldest family of organisms in the known universe?
A: The fourth leaf of a red clover.

Q: What is the law?
A: It occurs every second Sunday in the trunk of an abandoned car.

Q: Why has the storyteller forgotten the punchline?
A: An untrimmed nose hair bouquet.

Q: What is the opposite of soap?
A: Because the lady downstairs put the cat out.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

North Mutator!

Collective drawing by North Mutator (K.W.Zentner, S.Higgins, W.A.Davison), Toronto, May 23/11.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Collaborative Texts

Several collaborative texts from our recent meeting with Ron Sakolsky:

Seaweed Breakfast

Tiny particles open onto poisonous smiles as the lid of the coffin closes and closes and closes and suddenly a bell rings underwater but the sound is muffled by the night air and hair falling from the trees. Motors collapse under your eyelids, heavy with wind that rustles around the back door. Wrestlers dance ring-around-the-rosy from dawn until another tree collapses from the weight of the hair. So I tie them up in ponytails and braid them like dreadlocks of green seaweed that smells vaguely of dandelions and floating islands consisting of tortoise shells and seaweed necklaces tightened round the necks of alabaster cakes.

The spatula slaps the pancake in the face.


The Abstract Gorillas

The mechanical birds gathered around feasting on the flesh of roasted peat moss and bears. Other creatures talk quietly while baring their yellow teeth, and yellow toes, yelling about dirt and the Abstract Gorillas kiss and lick in cacophonous smacks, all of the back doors closing with a slam and the front doors wide open in anticipation of cheese. Other apparitions appeared to be floating like a souffle puffing up and up under the old lady's skirt. A mastodon sneezes her up to the skylight with the force of a swift wind winder.

These types often get upset over the most minor aberrations like small buffalo stampedes and empty enema bags.



When snow falls up in ickly blue flakes it drops down into old buckets of rusty body parts which glow like worms of green hue looking quite lovely in the reflection from your eye's eye. I painted a large hexagon on your belly with my sperm, no I didn't think it inappropriate at all, in fact your scent was thrilling to the parakeet too.

His/her feathers vibrated in time with the pseudomusical groin calculations of starry nights aboard sinking ships. Audrey was taken by a sudden impulse to eat mud and, according to her nature, vomited.


Several rounds of "If, Then, Because" (variation of Le Cadavre Exquis game):

If boats fly then my sister's lips are wet because antlers are heavy.

If carousels spin then grab your hat because the backsliding preacher is among us.

If money grew on trees then all the trees walk because some people aren't very careful.

If bugs fly then mountains excrete sand because your hands are curled tightly around his thighs.

If the night was day then ants would dance because sand drifts under the door.

If brooms walk among us then keys are only used to open what is stuck because mice like privacy.

If bellowing behemoths embrace in automobiles then eagles sing because sections of the ceiling will collapse.

If the piano catches fire then music burns your fingers because girls like fun.

If drill sergeants laugh then salamanders whirl like dervishes because the red rhinoceros peeks through the hedges twice a day.

If the tiles on the floor flew up your nose then old men see things because the crimson carapace cracks.

If Victorian ambulances appear unexpectedly then coconut trees are like candy to foresters because spider webs are sticky.

If lakes shimmer at night then the black tooth glows feverishly because underneath your doormat is not my resting place.

If your face was made of sausages and lace then flower petals feel soft because electric sea creatures are not always very friendly.

If space capsules land on your house then the laughter of penguins would not be in vain because all people like surprises.

If oranges are edible then birthday cakes explode because the right side of your face doesn't know what the left side is saying.

- R.Sakolsky, S.Higgins, W.A.Davison, Toronto, Jan. 16, 2011

Sunday, July 18, 2010

avec Les Boules!

Collective drawing collaboration between The Recordists (Davison/Higgins), Enrique Lechuga, and Les Boules (Montreal drawing group that has been producing collectively created artworks for more than 30 years!, Montreal, June 5, 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

collage/drawings, May 12/10

Collective collage/drawings, Future Bakery, Toronto, May 12, 2010. Participants: S.Higgins, W.A.Davison, E.Lechuga.

Monday, November 23, 2009


As part of my Nov. 21st presentation at No Face, No Problem, I played a round of "Definitions" with the audience. The results are recorded here:

anal - to put your butt on each other.

apron - to leave slowly.

barf - to create or assemble from materials.

bog - to tidy or clean when one is supposed to be doing something more important.

dog - a pharmacological sleeping aid.

dream - noun: an object one acquires when in a state of turmoil. Falls from the ceiling.

duh - a thing smaller than a bread box.

emit - a special leotard-like strip which holds the toaster down before popping.

fear - too many Johnny's.

help! - is the feeling you get after a night of climbing trees and vomiting from the upper-most branches.

hotdog - adverb: swiftly, quickly and calmly.

kittens - verb: thinking with your eyes open while sleeping.

lugubrious - _____ (blank).

magnify - a great anticlimax.

oink - a drink that comes from a cow's udder.

oversion - not after the best before date.

poo - refers to the battle in 1893 in the fields of Archubacht. Colloquially means to burn diamonds in April.

redemption - red liquid in the body.

sebaceous - a vessel used for nice wine.

sexy - a large tree grown for its strong wood.

sheepish - what hangs lightly.

sick - a state of non-abrasive wonderment resulting in unexplored emotion.

thing - a form which transcends all living matter.

tiger - is the best thing that came out of 1992.

time - to simmer forcefully.

tintinnabulation - noun: sort of like an expensive thing you could buy, like a nice thing, only it's not so great.

yet - an obsolete currency.

_____ (blank) - a murky, deserted place.

In the game of "Definitions" each player writes a single word on the inside of a folded piece of paper. The slips of paper are then passed around the circle, or shuffled and redistributed, and each player then writes a "definition" (in the style of a dictionary definition but funny, serious, dramatic, poetic, absurd, stupid, whatever) on the outside of the folded piece of paper (without looking at the word inside, of course!). The slips are then unfolded and read out loud to the group.

The above definitions will be added to our "Recordist Lexicon" which we started back in the late 90's as part of IBRI's weekly open meeting series (IBRI = the International Bureau of Recordist Investigation, 1994 - 2004).

Unfortunately, I was not able to record the names of all of the participants. If you were there and would like to be credited just send me an email - davison(at)recordism(dot)com. A partial list of participants (the few people I knew and remember being there): Filip Anton, John Barlow, Marc Bell, Mark Connery, Jesjit Gill, Anna May Henry, Graham Hollings, Laura McCoy, Jon McCurley, Brian Random, Nicole Turok.

- William

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Drawing tonight!

Sorry I haven't been able to organize a drawing party this month, our recent travels resulted in a huge backlog of work which I've been wading through over the past week. We'll try to get back on the drawing party thing next month.

In the meantime, we will be at The Ossington tonight for Robert Dayton's "Feelings" DJ set and while we're there we will likely do some drawing. So come on out, say hi and sit in on the drawing if you like!

- William A. Davison