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CMRC Autumn Week 5 seminar: Ed McKeon

Tuesday 26 October 2021, 4.00PM to 5.30pm

Speaker(s): Ed McKeon

Making Art Public: Musicality and the Curatorial

The questions of what ‘art’ is, how it becomes public, and what constitutes the public for art became interwoven in complicated ways at least from the 1960s. I introduce the problematic from my experience as a curatorial producer of post-experimental musics that often overlap with - or indisciplines - other artforms. I focus on how curatorial practices in the gallery arts have become more musical, concerned with time and the staging of public encounters, whilst musical practices became more curatorial, composing not only works but public situations and disciplines of temporal awareness. As a case study, I will draw on my experience of documenta14 in Athens, its ‘Listening Space’ programme, and its curators’ use of paradigms from the composers Jani Christou and Pauline Oliveros.

Ed McKeon is a musician who neither performs nor composes. Working with musicians and artists at the points where music indisciplines others - whether theatre, installation, or performance - he has collaborated with artists from Pauline Oliveros to Heiner Goebbels and Elliott Sharp to Jennifer Walshe, and Elaine Mitchener to Brian Eno. He presented BBC Radio 3’s former flagship new music programme, Hear and Now; was artistic director of the British Composer Awards; and continues as a Trustee of both the Hinrichsen Foundation and NMC Recordings, and Vice Chair of the British section of the International Society of Contemporary Music. He leads an MA programme at Goldsmiths College, University of London on Music Management. His doctoral research was on musicality and the curatorial, supported by the AHRC through the Midlands4Cities DTP.

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Location: Sally Baldwin Building, room D003 and online