How does art affect nature? How does nature affect art?For its 2015 edition, Ultima Academy invites scientists, music researchers and artists to talk about nature and discuss our attitude to it.
Nature has always inspired artists to perform and create. Olivier Messiaen, for instance, loved birds and transcribed their song in many of his works; Gérard Grisey was fascinated by the rhythms of the stars; composer and neuroscientist Alexander Schubert observes animal behaviour to understand musical gesture.
In our ecologically minded society, however, this curiosity is slowly being replaced by grave concern for the future of the planet – a concern that registers in musical works such as Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s opera UR, a reflection on the meaning of life in times of climate change, or geologist Henrik H. Svensen’s research on the Anthropocene.
In addition to talks, panels and screenings, the Academy will feature a specially designed Wunderkammer: a huge, Renaissance-style ‘cabinet of of curiosities’ created by professional artists and students will be exhibited at Kulturhuset, inviting visitors to explore real and imaginary connections between the works presented at the festival and the world of nature and the natural sciences.
Curated by Heloisa Amaral.
With Richard Taruskin, David Toop, Dag Hessen, Cecilie Ore, Wolfgang Ernst, Bruno Laeng, Semir Zeki, Henrik Svensen, Helga-Marie Nordby, Alexander Schubert, Hans-Thies Lehmann, Joanna Bailie, Trond Reinholdtsen, Matthew Shlomowitz, Ole Henrik Moe et al.
Ultima Academy is an international symposium that takes place each year during Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. A program of lectures, workshops and debates offers music enthusiasts, professionals and students insight into the connection between contemporary music theory and practice.