Borealis Festival director Alwynne Pritchard presents a review of the interdisciplinary Borealis Notations Project, in which musicians, architects and visual artists addressed the question of extended musical notation and its interpretation. A selection of the work that resulted from this project will also be exhibition. Presented in collaboration with nyMusikk.
The Borealis 2013 Notations project is based on Theresa Sauer's "Notations 21" book, a collection of seminal classic and newly created graphic scores. Inspired by John Cages's 1969 "Notations" publication, "Notations 21" explores extended musical notation, ranging from new approaches to conventional stave notation, to scores that make use of text instructions, colour, photography, collage and other means of visual expression. With this in mind, Borealis initiated its 2013 Notations project, bringing together people from diverse disciplines to collaborate on creating and interpreting new musical scores, all of which were performed and exhibited throughout the festival. Together, they explored what the possibilities for musical notation might be in relation to expressing imagined sounds, specifying performative actions, exploring acoustic space and extending the relationship between composer, performer and audience. Scores were specially created for the Borealis 2013 Notations project by visual artist Andrea Spreafico, clinical psychologist and former Borealis festival volunteer co-ordinator Anders Ohnstad, students from the Bergen Architecture School Kasper Lygre Gulbrandsen, Bjarte Baade Sandal and Håvard Tveito and students from the Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Amber Ablett, Jacob Alrø, Stacy Brafield, Benedicte Clementsen, Lona Hansen, Susann Jamtøy, Tatiana Lozano, Clara Morell, Malin Peter and Leo Shumba with Pedro Gomez-Egana.
The video documentation of the project was commissioned by Ultima Academy.