04. Noting Denoting


@ Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
with Yann Gourdon, Floris van Hoof, Rafaël Rozendaal, Remco van Bladel

Can a tune be translated into an image? Can the 'detuning' of music generate new ways of thinking about the relation between sound and scripture? The notation of sound has a long and varied history, from Gregorian chants conducted following signs written in the air, to the standard notation of the Western music we know today and the possibilities offered by new computer technologies. The program includes performances by Yann Gourdon and Floris van Hoof, works by Rafaël Rozendaal and a reading by Remco van Bladel. Next to this there will also be graphic works by students from the Graphic Design Department of ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem.

Moving back and forth between sound and scripture, this evening consists of experimental performances and short lectures, with a special focus on the visual sound renderings Charlemagne Palestine included in his exhibitionGesammttkkunnsttMeshuggahhLaandttttat Witte de With Center for Contempory Art, Rotterdam.

YANN GOURDON (FR) Hurdy-gurdy player, composer and sound artist Yann Gourdon looks at vibratory fields and sound perception as a medium. He focuses mainly on acoustic phenomena that have a dynamic relationship with their environment. Every aspect of his work deals with the quality of sound. Its not a matter of an event between spectators and a musicianits a space to submit to a process.

RAFAËL ROZENDAAL (NL) Rafaël Rozendaal is a visual artist who uses the Internet as his canvas. These works deal with continuity and endless accessibility. They are intensified visual and audio perceptions in a specific space. His websites attract a large audience of over forty million unique visits per year. His artistic practice consists of websites, installations, lenticulars, lectures and haiku.

FLORIS VANHOOF (BE) Floris Vanhoof is a filmmaker and musician from Belgium. Connecting his many worlds, ideas and influences into highly personal live performances and recordings, he keeps on amazing people both here and abroad. For this event he will work with a film projection and a synthesizer, which he influences with his brainwaves.

JUSTIN BENNETT (UK) Justin Bennett is an artist working with sound and visual media. At every level of detail, the everyday sound of our urban surroundings is the focus of his work. Within it, he develops the reciprocity of music and architecture, and of sound and image.

REMCO VAN BLADEL (NL) Remco van Bladel is an Amsterdam-based graphic designer, and co-founder of the noise band/art collective Sonido Gris. He is also an art book publisher (Onomatopee, Eindhoven, and WdW Review, Rotterdam). His studio work focuses on editorial book design, publishing projects, curatorial projects, institutional identities, interactive applications and websites. He is a typography and graphic design tutor in the Department of Art and Design at ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem, and is a frequent guest teacher at art schools throughout the Netherlands and abroad.


We were discussing several projects and possibilities for collaboration with Defne Ayas and Samuel Saelemakers of Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art when they asked us to participate in Charlemagne Palestine's exhibition 'GesammttkkunnsttMeshuggahhLaandtttt' by organising a live event. I already knew the work of Charlemagne and we had also met during earlier events, so it was instantly clear that we could do something together that would make sense for the exhibition and ourselves. As a composer, funnily enough, Charlemagne hardly uses any scores. Nevertheless, he showed me some books he once made in New York, which he said were to be seen as musical scores. They are cheap dummy books, onto which he poured ink in several colors. The ink was absorbed by the books and, after drying, it turned out to be a series of morphing colours that shifted with each page turn. These books were the starting point for curating the event, which subsequently sat within our 'Pushing Scores' project. Yann Gourdon was asked to do a hurry-curdy noisette while Charlemagne's books were projected page by page on the wall. Rafaël Rozendaal showed his web work 'Slow Empty', which functioned as real-time clockwork for the event. Floris Vanhoof played a set during which he used his brainwaves to influence his synthesizer sounds, combining this with a projection and a laserbeam. Justin Bennet showed his project 'Shot Gun Architecture', and Remco van Bladel introduced our project 'Pushing Scores' by doing a reading about historical and contemporary graphic scores and the concepts behind them.

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