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21/09/2020 - 05/10/2020

Walking from Scores is a collection of around 80 non site-specific scores by artists, composers and collectives involving walking, listening and sound-making in urban space. The project explores the relationship between the aesthetic sphere and the everyday, the dynamics of sound and listening in urban space and the (porous) boundaries between artist and audience. It deals with specific sites and contexts starting from two premises:
– An interest in walking, conceived as a relational practice, as a way to establish a reciprocal interaction with places, as a way to “read and rewrite” urban space;
– A focus on verbal notation and text scores, conceived as a catalyst for action and as an open invitation addressed to everyone.
The title is a variation on Working from Scores, a text originally published in 1990 where Ken Friedman introduced his notion of “musicality” in visual art and intermedia, interrogating ideas of “authenticity”, “intention” and “meaning” and understanding the artwork as a set of instructions that allows a constellation of different interpretations. Embracing this open approach the project is based on the reproduction and redistribution of the collection and on its reactivation in specific forms according to each context.


With scores and instructions by: Peter Ablinger, G. Douglas Barrett, Elena Biserna, Blank Noise, George Brecht, Cornelius Cardew, Stephen Chase, Giuseppe Chiari, Seth Cluett, Philip Corner, Bill Dietz, David Dunn, Haytham El-Wardany, Esther Ferrer, Simone Forti, Francesco Gagliardi, Jérôme Giller, Oliver Ginger, Anna Halprin, David Helbich, Dick Higgins, Christopher Hobbs, Jérôme Joy, James Klopfleisch, Milan Knizak, Alison Knowles, Takehisa Kosugi, Bob Lens, Ligia Lewis, Alvin Lucier, Walter Marchetti, Larry Miller, Tim Mitchell, Max Neuhaus, Pauline Oliveros, Yoko Ono, Open City [Andrew Brown, Katie Doubleday and Simone Kenyon] & Emma Cocker, Nam June Paik, Michael Parsons, Ben Patterson, Pheobe riley Law & Jez Riley French, Paul Sharits, Hugh Shrapnel, Mark So, Standards, Nicolas Tardy, Davide Tidoni, Ultra-red, Wolf Vostell, Manfred Werder, Ben Vautier, La Monte Young.


>>> Project supported by the Italian Council (8th Edition, 2020) program to promote Italian contemporary art in the world by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism<<<



A talk by Elena Biserna that aims to explore the aesthetical, social and political potential of sound-making in ambulatory practices in music and the sound arts, held at Q-O2 workspace for experimental music and sound art Brussels, in collaboration with WAB nadine, on 28th september 2020.

Sebastian Dingens - WALKS
Pavel Tchikov 29/11/23
Nika Son - Scatter

Q-O2 is supported by the Flemish Community, VGC and the European Union
Koolmijnenkaai 30-34
B-1080 Brussels