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“Walking from Scores” WORKSHOP with Elena Biserna

May 2023  

Saturday, 13th MAY – from 11:00 to 17:30
WALKSHOP with Elena Biserna
The workshop is open to artists, musicians, performers, dancers, students and anyone wishing to explore the relationships between sound, listening and the everyday, the potential of walking in urban space, as well as an expanded notion of notation. The program is organized in two practical sessions focused on walking, listening on the move and on itinerant performances. No musical or performative skill is required, but a collaborative and explorative attitude is necessary.

– Max. 20 participants –
For Workshop registration, please write to Alessandra Eramo: info(at)ezramo.com

Walking from Scores is a hundred or so collection of non site-specific text and graphic scores centred on walking, listening and soundmaking by visual artists, composers, performers, choreographers, writers and activists. The project explores the relationship between art and the everyday, the dynamics of sound and listening in various environments and the (porous) frontiers between artists and audiences. It starts with two premises: an interest in walking envisaged as a relational practice and tactic enabling us to read and rewrite space; an interpretation of scores understood as open invitations and catalysers of action in the tradition of Fluxus event scores. The title is a variation on “Working from Scores”, a text originally published in 1990 where Ken Friedman discussed his notion of “musicality” in visual art and intermedia, interrogating ideas of “authenticity”, “intention” and “meaning” and understanding the artwork as a set of instructions that allows a constellation of different interpretations. Embracing this open approach, the project is based on the reproduction and redistribution of the collection and on its reactivation in specific forms according to each context. After many iterations in different cities in the form of pop-up exhibitions, flyering, workshops, anonymous interventions and collective performances, the project is now also a book (Les presses du réel, 2022).

With scores and instructions by: Peter Ablinger, Milan Adamčiak, G Douglas Barrett, Elena Biserna, Blank Noise, George Brecht, Cornelius Cardew, Stephen Chase, Giuseppe Chiari, Seth Cluett, Philip Corner, Viv Corringham, Bill Dietz, Amy Dignam, David Dunn, Haytham El-Wardany, Esther Ferrer, Simone Forti, Francesco Gagliardi, Jérôme Giller, Oliver Ginger, Anna & Lawrence Halprin, David Helbich, Dick Higgins, Christopher Hobbs, Jérôme Joy, katrinem, Debbie Kent, Bengt af Klintberg, James Klopfleisch, Milan Knížák, Alison Knowles, Takehisa Kosugi, Jiří Kovanda, Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, Bob Lens, Ligia Lewis, Alvin Lucier, Walter Marchetti, Larry Miller, iLAND/Jennifer Monson, Max Neuhaus, Alisa Oleva, Pauline Oliveros, Yoko Ono, Open City & Emma Cocker, Nam June Paik, Michael Parsons, Ben Patterson, Cesare Pietroiusti, Mathias Poisson, Anna Raimondo, Jez riley French, Pheobe riley Law, Paul Sharits, Mieko Shiomi, Mark So, Standards, Nicolas Tardy, Davide Tidoni, Ultra-red, Ben Vautier, Isolde Venrooy, Carole Weber, Manfred Werder, Franziska Windisch, La Monte Young.

Elena Biserna is an independent researcher and occasional curator based in Marseille, France. She writes, talks, facilitates workshops or collective projects, curates and sometimes performs. Her interests are focused on listening and on contextual, time-based art practices in relationship with urban dynamics, socio-cultural processes, the public and political sphere. Her articles and interviews have appeared in several international publications (Les Presses du Réel, Mimesis, Le Mot et le Reste, Errant Bodies, Amsterdam University Press, Cambridge Scholar, Castelvecchi, Bloomsbury, etc.) and journals. She has recently edited two books: Walking from Scores (Dijon: Les Presses du réel, 2022) and Going Out. Walking, Listening, Soundmaking (Brussels: umland, 2022). She co-edits the podcast wi watt’heure of Revue & Corrigée with Carole Rieussec. She has collaborated as a curator or presented her projects in different venues/organisations such as LUFF (Lausanne), Onassis Fondation (Athens), Sonic Protest (Paris), Festival Plataforma (Santiago de Compostela), Oscillation festival, CIVA and Q-O2 (Brussels); Manifesta 13, Unité d’Habitation Le Corbusier, La Friche la Belle de Mai and La Membrane (Marseille); 3bisF-centre d’art contemporains, Locus Sonus, Fondation Vasarely (Aix-en-Provence); soundpocket (Hong Kong); Standards (Milan); NUB (Pistoia); Radio India (Rome); Sant’Andrea degli Amplificatori, Xing, Radio Città Fujiko (Bologna); Cona (Ljubljana); Saout Radio; p-node.

Photos © Elena Biserna

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