Cont. Scores (2018-)

Bricolage scores, interactive browser, collected sound recordings

Exhibited June 2019,  107 Projects, Redfern

Exhibition photographs by Tina Stefanou

The Cont. Score Project  is an assemblage of hastily written scores, and collected sound objects - mainly those of the sound contributions from the public. Repositioning the sacred status of the music score, and following the practice of fluxus bricolage, which emphasises the “not-well-made” or “almost-made,” these handwritten  scores (installed in various Sydney suburbs) offer instructions to perform everyday sonic activities (singing, laughing, beatboxing) which, in turn, coax serendipitous contributions from the public through a website accessed via smart phones.

Cont. Score calls into question utopic ideas (including my own failures in this context) about democratising art for a *stable* public and the tensions that arise between two agendas that dominated the work at different stages and which only occurred to me post-exhibition: i .e. earnest aspirations for creating collective work vs. the commodification of public data within neo-liberal cultural sphere

Cont. Score project discussed in:

Cleo Mees (2020).  "Letters to Sheila: Improvisational Scores in Creative Practice Research".  Choreographic Practices, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 9 - 27.

©MMXXII James Hazel
All scores, texts, works available via request