Imagine skateboarding everything you see, then pick a pitch on your instrument and skate it. See a pianist’s hands poised above the keys, what sound are they about to make? Draw an impossible instrument, try to make it, then work out how to play it. Teach your mum how to dance, get your mum to teach you how to dance.
These are all artist scores that feature in a new exhibition as part of Archway Sound Symposium. An archive of graphic scores that are both recordings of and potential for new performances that will be activated through an ambitious programme of events and workshops lead by national and international artists investigating the relationships between performance, recording and scores.
Archway Sound Symposium takes place in four venues: Five Years, The Bomb Factory Arts Foundation and Archway Library with satellite events taking place in Mutton Fist Press.
Over three events, artists will respond to graphic scores by people such as Cathy Berberian, Paul Good and Kirsty Wood, Katz Mulk, Christian Marclay, Makoto Nomura, Aki Onda, and Jennifer Walshe, beginning with artist collective, Black Obsidian Sound System, installing their hand made speakers and performing at the opening night, Thursday 4th July.
Of particular focus will be Jennifer Walshe’s score THIS IS WHY PEOPLE O.D. ON PILLS/ AND JUMP FROM THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE with new interpretations by Graham Dunning, Jamie Dyson and Nicola Woodham. The text asks the performer to learn to skateboard, translating these movements into their performance.
On Saturday the 13th July there will be a round table discussion by artists who use or create sound archives as part of their practice. Followed by our final performance event by our artists in residence, Rita Evans, who will produce new works inspired by the exhibition. The public can join in at a workshop where they will produce their own scores inspired by Berberian’s work and Archway Library’s Manga exhibition on Friday 12th July