The Object as Score - Margaret Lawrence Gallery 6 Mar - 4 April 2015


The Object as Score

Sean Baxter, Matt Day, Nathan Gray, Helen Grogan, Laresa Kosloff, Igor Krenz, Dylan Martorell, Stuart Sherman, Charlie Sofo, Torben Tilly, Danae Valenza


Identifying a strand of thought in local and international interdisciplinary art making, The Object as Score presents works that recognise the potential objects might hold for action and interaction.
The Fluxus artists, as students of John Cage, utilised the simple written score that he had developed with 4’33” – his silent work, which consists of the musical term ‘tacet’ (to wait) as the sole instruction for each movement. The Fluxus 'event score' was a direct development of the written notation of 4’33” that used the brevity and potentiality of language as a compact method of transmitting ideas for performance. It was the multivalence of language that allowed these performances to be open, indeterminate or even impossible.

Using the object as a score in sculpture, contemporary improvised music and performance at large, this exhibition does not explore language as a medium for the transmission of open performance works, rather it employs the object as stand-in for the written score, recognising it as a provocation for action.

With performances by Ernie Altoff, Sean Baxter, Arini Byng, Matt Day, Helen Grogan, Shelley Lasica and Katie Lee, Joel Stern. Curated by Nathan Gray

Venue: Margaret Lawrence Gallery
40 Dodds Street
Southbank, Melbourne

Opening hours:
12:00pm – 5:00pm
Tuesday to Saturday

Further enquiries:
Contact the Margaret Lawrence Gallery on
03 9035 9400 or email here
Events and performances:
Friday 6 March, 12.30 pm
Sean Baxter – Schmelzwerk
Torben Tilly – artist floor talk
Saturday 7 March, 2:30 pm
Matt Day - Weighting (2015)
Ernie Althoff
Helen Grogan – CONCRETE ROOM (2005-)
and LIGHT (2003)

Saturday 14 March, 2:30 pm
Matt Day - Weighting (2015)
Saturday 21 March, 2:30 pm
Matt Day - Weighting (2015)
Arini Byng
Joel Stern
Shelley Lasica and Katie Lee – Possibility of Performance
Saturday 28 March, 2:30pm
Matt Day - Weighting (2015)

Image credit: From the series OBJECTS AS SCORES (WITH PHOTOGRAPHIC OUTCOME), Helen Grogan, 2015

(forwarded from Nathan Gray)