El giro notacional at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León
Avenida de los Reyes Leoneses, 24
24008 León, Spain
January 26 – September 15, 2019
Barbara Held and Benton C Bainbridge’s generative audiovisual installation Observatory / Lisa Joy Z, 2013-2019, is included in “El giro notacional”, a group exhibition of Sound Art at MUSAC in León, Spain. Barbara Held’s software system, a sonification of helioseismological measurements, translates numeric data into another numeric structure: the overtone series of a sampled flute note, filtered and reinforced in the rhythm of the sound waves produced by solar oscillations, varying the intensity of harmonics. These frequencies are used as control voltages to shape sinuous lines from Benton C Bainbridge’s modified video game console, creating calligraphic patterns from the same electronic signals.
Francesc Abad, Ignasi Aballí, José Luis Alexanco, Alain Arias-Misson, Armadanzas (Paz Brozas and Víctor Martínez), Elena Asins, Manuel Barbadillo, Llorenç Barber, Cristina Barroso, Ricardo Bellés / José Iges, Cathy Berberian, Josep Lluis Berenguer, José Manuel Berenguer, Denys Blacker, Jaap Blonk, Peter Bosch / Simone Simons, John Cage, Cornelius Cardew, Jose Luis Castillejo, Merce Cunningham, Darío Corbeira, Analivia Cordeiro, Philip Corner, Carlos Cruz De Castro, Maria Escribano, Pelayo Fernández Arrizabalaga, Esther Ferrer, Giovanni Fontana, Yolande Harris, Terry Fox, Laura Gibellini, Yolande Harris, Barbara Held / Benton C Bainbridge, Joel Hubaut, Shell Jerez, Tom Johnson, Manuel Jular, Mauricio Kagel, Nader Koochaki, Elena Lavellés, Le Corbusier, Lugan , José Maldonado, Walter Marchetti, Abel Martín, Josep Maria Mestres Quadreny, Julie Mehretu, Phill Niblock, Pauline Oliveros, Luis De Pablo, Tatiana Parcero, George Perec, Ximena Perez Grobet, Miguel Angel Rego, Inken Reinert, La Ribot, Alyce Santoro, Eusebio Sempere, Alvaro Terrones, Valcárcel Medina, Jesús Villa Rojo, Christian Wolff, Iannis Xenakis, Zaj
Curated by: José Iges and Manuel Olveira
Coordination: Helena López Camacho
We understand notation as a system of conventional signs adopted to express mathematical, physical, chemical, musical concepts, et cetera. If from this definition we lose the word “conventional”, the way of understanding notation expands beyond formal languages to artistic territories where everything can be unstable, fragile and open, to make every communicative system open and to suit the vision of the creator.
From this perspective, the exhibition “The Notational Turn” supposes an extension, if not directly a transgression on the part of the participating artists, of the concept of notation and its traditional functions. The objective of the exhibition is to show a series of creative practices related to notational systems that allow coding to “write”, represent and indicate languages that translate reality, translate languages among themselves or be decoded and interpreted. They are, then, “tools” to represent, translate and code territories of all kinds: physical, geographical, mental, emotional, social, conceptual, linguistic, etc. that are articulated as modes of representation and expression of sounds, movements, spaces … but with a twist that moves them away from mere conventional notation.
Notation, then, is no longer just the representation of a mental process or ideas, but it is a project in itself that conditions, among other things, the way of thinking. To account for the complexity of the creative use of notation, the exhibition is organized around five generic themes: the notations related to music and sound, kinetic notations of movement, cartographic and spatial notations, notations of calculation and science and, finally, notations of thought.
Barbara Held / Benton C Bainbridge: Observatory / Lisa Joy was previously exhibited
in “Escuchar con los ojos” at Fundación Juan March, Madrid.
October 14, 2016 – January 15, 2017
and at Juan Naranjo Gallery, Barcelona, in June, 2018
Documentary: “Escuchar con los ojos” including Held / Bainbridge showing Observatory / Lisa Joy || Press: Periodista | Guia del Ocio | El País
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