4 Nov 2013 5:00pm - 7:00pm CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor


Objections to Objects: Locating “the work” in Live Art and Music


Clare Foster  (Faculty of Classics)
Professor Daniel Leech-Wilkinson (Professor of Music, King’s College London)

Chair: Professor John Rink (Professor of Musical Performance Studies, University of Cambridge)

Clare Foster discusses the work of Jo-Ana Morfin, a trained conservator of paintings, who nows researches issues of digital heritage and the preservation of what used to be called performance art. Following Ippolito at the Guggenheim and others working on unstable documents, or ‘Variable media art’, she posits a notion of the work as a behavior, which becomes a material entity as and when institutionally installed.

Prof Leech-Wilkinson. By asking the question who needs musical works, Leech-Wilkinson uncovers some of the political and commercial pressures which have led to classical music being narrowly taught, practised and understood. Leech-Wilkinson studied at the Royal College of Music, King's College London and Clare College, Cambridge, becoming first a medievalist and then, since c. 2000, specialising in the implications of early recordings for the study of music. His current work deals with the restrictive nature of beliefs about musical history and ethics on musicians' interpretative options. See The Changing Sound of Music, and 'Compositions, Scores, Performances, Meanings' (Music Theory Online), both freely available online.


Professor Rink directs the £2.1 million AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice, which is based at the University of Cambridge in partnership with King’s College London, the University of Oxford and Royal Holloway, University of London, and in association with the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.


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