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There will never be silence: scores, instructions, notations and the materialisation of the ephemeral

Posted by Hanna Hoelling
20 Apr 2014 14:35

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Beyond the realm of secondary documentation and documentary, archival record, there is a score, instruction and notation that might convey the idea of an artwork. During one of the site visits in Hanna Hölling's course Beyond the Object Principle, the participants looked into the relation between the score and the material of an artwork and examined the various systems of notations and the possibilities for their materialisation. The students had the opportunity to examine the ways in which the legacy of avant-garde, experimental music and Cage’s synthesis of chance operations influenced artists who started to work increasingly with notations and the event – the shortest form of textual notation that emerged in the attitude of Fluxus.

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Community Conservation and Devotion in Staten Island

Posted by Gabrielle Berlinger
16 Apr 2014 19:32

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Around 1937, members of The Society of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, an Italian-American community in Staten Island, began building a unique and elaborate shrine out of stone, concrete, and metal. They adorned this grotto with living plants, seashells, glass, and statues of saints—all recycled or individually-donated. Dr. Joseph Sciorra, folklorist and Director for Academic and Cultural Programs at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College, begins his essay on this grotto with a quote from Gaston Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space: “Indeed, everything comes alive when contradictions accumulate.” Sciorra’s inquiries into the history of the site and his interviews with community members helped to consolidate an agreed-upon historical narrative about the building of the grotto. In his article, Sciorra explain that the history of the grotto is not fixed, but is instead part of an ongoing process of cultural memory and community building. By putting into writing what had previously been oral history, Sciorra sought to document the open nature of the historic narrative of the grotto, and took a step toward creating a scholarly history for the site. He revisited his material years later at the request of the Society to create a brochure for visitors, which now provides an authoritative history of the site.

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Diagramming Intensities: Instrument, Score, and Code in Contemporary Music and Media Art

Posted by Hanna Hoelling
08 Apr 2014 19:24

by Lisa Adang

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Participants in Hanna Hölling’s Beyond the Object Principle: Object - Event - Performance – Process class attended a fascinating presentation by Michael Century last week as part of the Bard Graduate Center’s informal Brown Bag Lunch series. As professor of New Media and Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Century describes his work as both “musical and scholarly,” borne out of a combination of composition, performance and media arts theory. Over coffee and tea, Century shared his talk entitled “Diagramming Intensities: Instrument, Score, and Code in Contemporary Music and Media Art," in which he outlined his recently developed schema for charting both the fixed and fluctuating aspects of artworks.

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Tags: allographic autographic chance chronicity determination documentation duration improvisation instruction music obsolescence performance score temporality time