Score Club | Club Score
Alexandra Spence, MP Hopkins, Megan Alice Clune & Andrew Fedorovitch
Opening 05.09.18 6-8pm
Artist Talks 27.09.18 6-7pm
Score Club is a group of artists, musicians and composers exploring text-based scores as a provocation for music and art making. Our interest lies with the score as a conduit for experimentation within an arts-based practice. The score can be read as poetry, a kind of manifesto-document, an instruction for performance, or a way to structure improvisation. It can also be used as a way to compose, generate and explore new sonic ideas and material. These kinds of scores are an impetus for improvisation and a template for listening and interacting, offering both a non-cochlear way of engaging with music/sound and a cochlear method of engaging with art.
Our interest lies in the idea of the score as a fluid document, and in the potential for alternative forms of notation to break down the boundaries and hierarchies between subject and object and amongst notions of composer/performer/audience. Because alternative notation often uses simple instruction that invites open-ended interpretation (or is just written in a seemingly naïve style), it allows anyone to be the performer, regardless of experience.
Score Club at firstdraft will feature scores written individually by Alexandra Spence, MP Hopkins, Megan Alice Clune and Andrew Fedorovitch. The works will examine the above notions regarding music/sound and performance in a visual form, some scores will be printed on paper, others existing as abstracted installations or as video. The exhibition will feature two separate performances of the works by Score Club members, one on opening night and one at the artist talks, both will include an open, ‘audience participation’ element.
Megan Alice Clune shifts between musician, composer and artist. Primarily, her work consists of a dissection of musical elements and contexts through verbal or text-based scores, sound installation and collaboration. Megan has presented work and undertaken residencies across Australia, Europe and North America, including the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival (MA), Underbelly Arts, Next Wave Festival, Performa 15 (NYC) and Vivid Live at the Sydney Opera House.
Alexandra Spence is an artist and musician from Sydney, Australia. She makes installations, compositions and performances based on (everyday) sound and listening. Through her practice she attempts to reimagine the intricate relationships between the listener, the object, and the surrounding environment as a kind of communion or conversation. Alex has performed and presented work in concerts, festivals, symposiums and galleries in Australia, Canada, and Europe, including the Vancouver Art Gallery; Destroy Vancouver; Engineroom International Sound Art Competition, London; Soundcamp, London; Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow; Ausland, Berlin; Musée Guimet, Paris; SoundOut Festival, Canberra; the NOW Now Festival; UNSW Galleries; and Siteworks Festival, Bundanon, (w. the Splinter Orchestra).
MP Hopkins lives and works on Aboriginal land, the land of the Gadigal people. Hopkins works with sounds, words and occasionally things in rooms. Hopkins has released recordings through Penultimate Press, Thalamos, Alberts Basement, Canti Magnetici, Aussenraum, and Mappa Editions. He has performed at the NOW now Festival, Avantwhatever Festival, Liquid Architecture, TUSK Festival and Colour Out of Space. Hopkins has written articles for Runway Experimental Art journal and un Magazine, and published a book Upright in the Field with Ruin Press. MP has presented mixed media installations at various artist-run and commercial galleries across Australia, and abroad, at 55 Sydenham Rd Gallery, Firstdraft, TCB, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, The MCA, Artspace, Gertrude Contemporary, LaSalle College of the Arts, Tiny Creatures, COR&P, and Turner Gallery.
Andrew Fedorovitch is a musician and performing artist concerned with community, space, sound, exploratory music practices and the ecology of all these things. He has collaborated in many projects, primarily using saxophone, but sometimes electronics, feedback, acoustic guitar or voice. He also makes interactive sound installations, performance art pieces and text based scores. Andrew is an active member of The Splinter Orchestra and a past organiser of the NOW now Festival. He has performed and works with a variety of collaborative projects across Australia, Greece and in Germany.
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