"The Manhattan Syndrome" exploring notations in Rom8
Assistant Professor in Fine Art, Pedro Gomez-Egana, and students from KHiB explore different dimensions of notation in a performative event which takes place in Rom8 from 5 to 7pm on 8 March 2013.
Whilst notation is mostly associated with the realisation of music compositions and as a way to document dance, one can also use the term as a reflective perspective whereby urban planing, architecture and the materiality of objects determine physical and perceptual interactions. These interactions are fundamental in the way we invest attention and in the way time is structured and experienced.
The performative event is the result of the course "The Manhattan Syndrome" that Pedro Gómez-Egaña has been teaching from January to March 2013. The course explores different dimensions of notation, not just as a tool in music and dance, but also as a powerful reflective angle that can contribute to a complex relation between an art object/event and an audience, and to the way artists conceptualise the exhibition of their own work.
The Borealis 2013 Notations project was inspired by Theresa Sauer's 2008 Notations 21 book - a wonderful collection of seminal classic and newly created graphic scores. Inspired by John Cage's 1969 Notations publication, Notations 21 explores extended musical notation, ranging from new approaches to conventional stave notation, to scores that make use of text instructions, colour, photography, collage and other means of visual expression.
With this in mind, Borealis has initiated its 2013 Notations project, bringing together people from diverse disciplines to collaborate on creating and performing new musical scores, which will be performed and exhibited throughout the festival. Together they will explore, with the festival theme THE END in mind, what the possibilities for musical notation are in relation to expressing imagined sounds, specifying performative actions, exploring acoustic space and in expanding the relationship between composer, performer and audience.