*Please note this event takes place off-site at Huddersfield Art Gallery, Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield HD1 2SU
We are excited to welcome artist Liz K Miller for this one-off collaborative event, which runs alongside her solo exhibition, entitled ‘The Circular Scores’, at the Huddersfield Art Gallery (10 November 2018 – 2 February 2019). Liz was the winner of the 2017 West Yorkshire Print Workshop Flourish Award for Excellence in Printmaking in 2017, for which she was awarded the prize of a solo exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery.
Visual Score: Liz K Miller. Performers: Kim Macari & Ryoko Akama
Circular Score is a musical notation system that explores the seductiveness of cycles and repetitive patterns to the human condition. Through this work, Liz K Miller investigates how repetition is ingrained in our psyche, how it seeps into our being and is made manifest in our behaviour and our creations. The score will be performed and re-interpreted in a collaborative event with trumpeter Kim Macari and sound artist Ryoko Akama. The talk will describe the ideas and process behind the printed Circular Scores and the performance will illuminate and extend the cyclical process of re-scoring, re-interpreting and re-creating.
Kim Macari is a musician and composer immersed in the jazz and improvised music scene. Whether as a performer, teacher or producer, her passion lies in the strength of improvised music as a means of expression and a form of empowerment and freedom. Kim is drawn to Liz’s work as it relates to her fascination with ekphrasis and artistic intent. These works function as both the representation of another piece of art as well as the catalyst for new art, while also being art objects themselves. Although Kim will work with the pieces beforehand, she will enter the performance space without any planned material: the music she plays will be both the process and result.
Ryoko Akama is a sound artist, composer and performer, who approaches quiet temporal/spatial experiences that magnify silence, time and space. Her works employ small and fragile objects such as paper balloons and glass bottles, creating tiny occurrences that embody ‘almost nothing’ aesthetics. She also composes text scores and performs a diversity of alternative scores in collaboration with international artists.
About the Artists
Liz’s sound visualizations re-invent and deconstruct musical score in order to visualize the complexity of sound within time and space. The score is performed and re-interpreted in collaborative events with musicians – recasting the role of the artist as both the visualizer of the musical piece, and as the facilitator of new music.
At the Royal College of Art, Liz’s practice-led PhD combines sound-visualization and eco-acoustics. This sensory-immersive study aims to highlight the structure, complexity, and fragility of the forest green water cycle, reflecting upon our relationship to, and our dependency on, the forest hydrological cycle.
Exhibitions and performances of Liz’s work include: the Flourish Award, Mirfield (2017), London Design Festival (2017), the International Print Biennale, Newcastle (2016), the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2014 and 2017) and the Golden Centaur Lithography Exhibition, Munich (2009). She studied at Edinburgh College of Art (BA), Camberwell College of Art (MA), and was a print fellow at the Royal Academy Schools (2013 to 2016).
Ryoko Akama received her PhD in composition supervised by Prof. Monty Adkins at Huddersfield University where she was active as a part of Edges Ensemble lead by Prof. Philip Thomas. Funding awards include: Arts Council England, Japan Society, Daiwa-Anglo Foundation, University of Huddersfield, Kirklees Council, and Pro Helvetia. She is active as a curator, runs melange edition label, and co-edits reductive journal/mumei publishing.
Originally from Fife, Scotland and now based in London, Kim Macari’s most recent commission was by EFG London Jazz Festival to develop graphic scores in response the work of Jasper Johns as part of his retrospective the Royal Academy of Art in November 2017. Announced as one of 8 recipients of the globally recognised Take Five initiative run by Serious in 2017, she is known for her work both as a performer and as an industry professional. She is currently Chair of Jazz from Scotland, on the teaching faculty of the National Youth Jazz Collective and on the board of directors of the Jazz Promotion Network.
Who is it for
All are welcome. For those who are curious about alternative scoring and notation, improvised performance, unconventional instrumentation, sound art practice, printmaking, mark-making, sound-making, and sound-mapping.
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