Re-Visit: KALEIDOSCOPE Live – Open Music Archive, Premonition 2037: Lutto Lento
In the spirit of the 1960s project of the Museum of Modern Art Oxford, to make contemporary art freely accessible to the widest audience, Open Music Archive produce an archive of recorded sounds – auditory traces of activity in the gallery, available for use by a future public, without restriction and beyond the scope of the current copyright term.
Tape hiss, voices, musical fragments, audience shuffles and applause, recorded at past public events, are digitised from videotapes and audio cassettes held in the Modern Art Oxford archive, to generate a new sonic inventory. In addition, samples have been ripped from chart hit records from 1966, the museum’s inaugural year. The artists process the archival sounds using emerging information retrieval technologies, to create a bank of source material.
Open Music Archive invite collaborators to reanimate the collected sounds, during a series of live public events that fast-forward to 2037, the year that much of the material will legally fall into public ownership.
This event was held at the gallery on 19 May 2016.
Re-Visit: KALEIDOSCOPE Live: The Archive Box – Urr
Composer and performer Neil Luck uses sound, music, text and gesture in this performance, taking inspiration from Modern Art Oxford’s archive.
Urr is an allegorical narrative irresponsibly extrapolated from a series of correspondences between Modern Art Oxford and the artist Saburo Murakami during the 1986 show Reconstructions. Articulated through text, sound and gesture, Murakami’s ‘Box’ finds itself in a pataphysical orbit around memory, faulty simulacra, nostalgic reminisces and unsteady futures.
This performance took place at the gallery on 1 September 2016.
On Thursday 30 June 2016, the third in our series of lectures highlighting important artists from Modern Art Oxford’s history was held at the gallery.
Professor John Milner, Honorary Professor of Russian Art, co-founder of the Cambridge-Courtauld Russian Art Centre, discussed the 1979 Rodchenko exhibition at Modern Art Oxford and how it relates to the artist’s wider work.
Re-Visit: What’s Important – Art & Community with Alistair Hudson
As part of our series of lectures from leading cultural figures reflecting on the ways arts organisations contribute to society, Alistair Hudson, Director of Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), discussed the relationship between the art institution and the communities it serves and asks how it might be possible to construct a new model for working together.
The second in our series of lectures highlighting important artists from Modern Art Oxford’s history, which was held at the gallery on 2 June 2016.
Bridget Crone, independent writer and curator and Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, discussed the work of the influential Palestinian artist who exhibited at Modern Art Oxford in 1998.