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Summer School | Rhyme or Reason

22 June 2015 until 26 June 2015
Collective, 38 Calton Hill

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An intensive programme on notation, improvisation and score
Led by LUX Scotland in collaboration with Collective

Monday 22 – Friday 26 June 2015 | 12-9pm

Rhyme or Reason is a five-day, intensive study programme that will investigate the role of notation, improvisation and score across the visual arts and other disciplines including music, writing and geography. Contributors include Giles Bailey, Struan Barr, Ben Cook, Beatrice Gibson, Laura Guy, Will Holder, Isla Leaver-Yap, Anna McLauchlan and Conal McStravick.

What are the consequences of our provisional and private forms of language? How can these intimate instructions translate into forms of broadcast and communication? As a form of writing or sketching that is closely linked to musical scores and ideas of indeterminacy, notation thrives on personalisation and permutation. Rhyme or Reason will explore why and how practitioners are using notation and score when developing work today – thinking through the relationship between structure and improvisation, and the complex politics of working with or representing others.

Rhyme or Reason will offer a small group the chance to take part in a focused and discursive study programme. It will include seminars led by LUX Scotland; a collaborative research workshop led by Giles Bailey; a screening of Paul Sharits’ films presented by Ben Cook; a group discussion with Beatrice Gibson; a reading, repetition and re-performance workshop by Laura Guy; a technical group production workshop led by Struan Barr; a seminar by Will Holder looking at scoring and notational strategies; a series of physical workshops with Anna McLauchlan; and an active research session with Conal McStravick.

Rhyme or Reason will also include two public events: a recital of the work of Robert Ashley, led by Will Holder on Monday 22 June and a screening curated by Beatrice Gibson on Thursday 25 June.

The programme is set against the backdrop of Crippled Symmetries, a new film by artist Beatrice Gibson, which uses American modernist William Gaddis’ epic satire JR as a score for its production. Co-commissioned by Collective, Grazer Kunstverein and FLAMIN (Film London Artist’s Moving Image Network) the film will premiere in Scotland at Collective in August 2015 as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival.

Tickets cost £100 / £75 (concession).
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The ticket includes admission to all sessions Monday – Friday and includes the public evening events. Separate tickets for the recital and screening evening events will be on sale from 27 May.

Concessions are available for students, senior citizens, unemployed persons and those in receipt of means tested benefits.

A small number of bursary places are available. Please get in touch via [email protected] by Friday 5 June with a short statement (no longer than 150 words) outlining your interest in Rhyme or Reason and your motivations for attending.

Full contributors’ biographies can be found on Eventbrite.



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