Scoring Noise | Bow Gamelan Ensemble Symposium

24 Nov 2018

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11:00 – 17:00

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Cooper Gallery

Dundee, United Kingdom


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On the occasion of Bow Gamelan Ensemble’s exhibition, Great Noises That Fill The Air, Cooper Gallery presents the symposium Scoring Noise.


The symposium will bring together artists, thinkers, theorists and musicians, tuning into current social and critical discourse to delineate the politics at stake in the discordances and harmonies that divide and unite ‘noise’ and ‘collective voice’.

Speakers include: Sam Ainsley & David Harding, Anne Bean & Richard Wilson (Bow Gamelan Ensemble), Graham Fagan, Rob La Frenais and David Toop. 

Artists Ceylan Hay and Tina Krekels & Adam Campbell will punctuate the symposium with live sound interventions, commissioned as responses to the ethos of improvisation, camaraderie, provocation and antagosim within Bow Gamelan Ensemble's practice. 

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Utilising found objects, invented instruments and everyday sound, Bow Gamelan Ensemble have, since 1983, inspired generations of artists with their radical collaborative and cross-disciplinary practice.

Embodying an urgently creative and discursive space resonating with improvisation, camaraderie, provocation and antagonism, Bow Gamelan Ensemble is driven by the uniquely subversive and collective sensibilities of Bean, Burwell and Wilson. Charged with their individual virtuosity in performance art, avant-garde music and kinetic sculpture, Bow Gamelan Ensemble’s sound installations and performances are immersed in an orchestra of instruments made from scrap metal, electric motors, river barges and domestic objects including glass sheets, light bulbs and fireworks. With this passionate and radical sojourn in the possibilities of sound and light, Great Noises that Fill the Air will engineer a live interrogation of the dissonance between 'noise' and 'meaningful utterance’ that will astonish the ears and ravish the imagination with unearthly magic.

Exhibition runs 27 October – 15 December 2018

For more information on the exhibition and Event Series see Cooper Gallery's website here.

Image credit: Bow Gamelan Ensemble, Damn Near Run Thing, 1988. Sounds Unusual Festival, South Bank, Jubilee Gardens, London. Courtesy Bow Gamelan Ensemble.


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