Cooper Gallery will present Great Noises that Fill the Air, the first retrospective of influential artist collective Bow Gamelan Ensemble (Anne Bean, Paul Burwell, Richard Wilson) between 27 October – 15 December 2018. Utilising found objects, invented instruments and everyday sound, Bow Gamelan Ensemble has, since 1983, inspired generations of artists with their radical collaborative and cross-disciplinary practice.
The Preview and Performance will happen on Friday 26 October, 5.30–7.30pm.
At the loud heart of Great Noises that Fill the Air will be a radical take on archival display. Drawn from sketches, photographs and ephemera from Bow Gamelan Ensemble’s archive and placed on music stands, this interactive installation will act as a ‘symbolic score’ heralding new ways of perceiving and creating sound. Underpinned by Bow Gamelan Ensemble’s ethos and practice, an Event Series will transform Great Noises that Fill the Air into an open ‘jamming studio’, where artists, musicians, poets and audiences will share, debate and question strategies of collaboration and antagonism in culture, society and everyday life.
During the programme you will also be able to attend the Scoring the Noise Symposium on Saturday 24 November, 2–6pm. Speakers include Sam Ainsley & David Harding, Anne Bean & Richard Wilson, Graham Fagan, Rob La Frenais and David Toop. Acting as a coda to the project the symposium, Scoring Noise will bring artists, thinkers, theorists and musicians together in a live act resonating with collaboration, improvisation, camaraderie, provocation and antagonism.
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