FREE Opening Reception & Discussion for the visual exposition
On display Sept-Dec, 2016
@ Center for New Music, 55 Taylor st. SF
Visual Scores of the SF Bay Area
7pm FREE Pannel Discusion
With: Dena Beard, Executive Director at the Lab
Jon Raskin and Steve Adams of ROVA
and Phillip Greenlief
About Acoustic Habitats
We live in a sonic environment which is not easily notated on staff paper. In this exhibit we explore graphic scores from living Bay Area artists whose work reflects a sensitivity to this place and a deeper conversation with the local social, spiritual and environmental landscapes.
As a result of the interdisciplinary skill and creativity of contemporary performing artists, graphic notation and visual score-making have become prevalent both in new music and dance. Many composers have become less fixated with expectations of what sounds/actions are made and more concern themselves with how or why actions/sounds are made. Often these composers and performers come from a strong background in free improvisation.
Coded within the visual information, more or less subjectively, are the symbols that the dancer/musician must re-express into space and time as music and movement. To navigate this novel realm requires a map that is often site specific; often games or strategies are employed to create this self composing material and ultimately, these artists compose their own acoustic habitats.
Curator, the Window Gallery @ the Center for New Music San Francisco