Drawing Towards Sound: Visualising The Sonic

London Stephen Lawrence Gallery, UK

Group exhibition on the interface between the visual and the aural through notation, featuring John Cage and Alison Knowles’s Notations, Cornelius Cardew’s graphic score Treatise, a workshop by Alvin Curran, films and drawings by Anton Lukoszevieze, Vicki Bennett and others. London Stephen Lawrence Gallery, 2 March–2 April.

This exhibition examines the interface between the visual and the aural through notation, documentation, performance and video/moving image. Each of these aspects are currently being explored from many different perspectives by contemporary composers, musicians, visual artists, and film/videographers. Its basic starting point is the historical graphic score/new notational practices of the modernist avant-garde and how sound is captured and communicated. Most famous here, is John Cage and Alison Knowles’ 1968 collection Notations and the recent update Notations 21 (2009) by Theresa Sauer. While the Highlights will include a complete performance of Cornelius Cardew’s 1960s graphic score Treatise, a visit and workshop performance by American experimentalist composer Alvin Curran (b.1938), and a rare chance to see UK performer Anton Lukoszevieze’s drawings and films, as well as Icelandic sound artist Hallveig Agústsdóttir’s drawing performances. It will position ‘classic’ experimental notations – such as Cage and Boulez – with the output of contemporary composers and visual artists. Also featuring, amongst many others, Aura Satz, Jennifer Walshe, Marianthi Paplexandri-Alexandri, Laura Buckley, Helen Pett’s exploration of performances on video, Vicki Bennett’s (People Like Us) collaged films, as well as Richard Hoadley’s interactive notations with dance/live performers, Simon Payne’s abstract exploration of vision and sound, and Neil Henderson’s evocative portrait of Evan Parker.

Hallveig Agústsdóttir / Sam Belinfante / Vicki Bennett / Carl Bergstrom-Nielsen / Pierre Boulez / Earle Brow / George Brecht / James Brooks / Laura Buckley / John Cage / Cornelius Cardew / Alvin Curran / Tom Dale / Morton Feldman / Vinko Globokar / Christophe Guiraud / Roman Haubenstock-Ramati / Neil Henderson / Richard Hoadley / Joan Key / Catherine Konz / John Lely / Michelle Lewis-King / Anestis Logothetis / Onyee Lo / Anton Lukoszevieze / Farah Mulla / Rie Nakajima / Luigi Nono / Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri / Michael Parsons / Simon Payne / Helen Petts / Lauren Redhead / Aura Satz / Thomas Smetryns / Jennifer Walshe / John Wollaston / Christian Wolff / Iannis Xenakis

Drawing Towards Sound: Visualising the Sonic