Agape: experimental notations, the social act of reading, and the possibility of action
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Lecture - concert by Alex Waterman

Agape was an exhibition that drew together poets, philosophers, writers, composers and musicians in an attempt to address the role of reading as a social act and set of actions. Whereas writing expresses a space in opposition to time, reading occupies a boundary between the space of writing and the living word. The importance of transcription, and collective interpretation acts to reinvigorate a sense of the participatory action in a proposed democratic society.

Agape without its accent at the end of the word also spells the word 'agape' which means 'wide open' as in the mouth which is opened in order to speak. The double meaning is important in the sense that dialogue, discussion and the voice that speaks up for and against injustices and abuses by political regimes and speaks against the tyrannies and war making is equally important when discussing the ways in which art and music and poetry inhabit the world and take part in world events.

"My talk will be a discussion of the ways in which graphic notation and its performance raise questions of social process, authorship, authority and collective action and creation. The lecture will also cover the series of writings, pieces, installations, exhibitions and performances that have happened in New York City over the last year and a half. The resonance that this work has within the music world and beyond has indeed created a sense of gathering and in the full meaning of the word Agape- it has created a sense of fellowship and community." Alex Waterman

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Lecture – concert by Alex Waterman

Agape was an exhibition that drew together poets, philosophers, writers, composers and musicians in an attempt to address the role of reading as a social act and set of actions. Whereas writing expresses a space in opposition to time, reading occupies a boundary between the space of writing and the living word. The importance of transcription, and collective interpretation acts to reinvigorate a sense of the participatory action in a proposed democratic society.

Agape without its accent at the end of the word also spells the word ‘agape’ which means ‘wide open’ as in the mouth which is opened in order to speak. The double meaning is important in the sense that dialogue, discussion and the voice that speaks up for and against injustices and abuses by political regimes and speaks against the tyrannies and war making is equally important when discussing the ways in which art and music and poetry inhabit the world and take part in world events.

“My talk will be a discussion of the ways in which graphic notation and its performance raise questions of social process, authorship, authority and collective action and creation. The lecture will also cover the series of writings, pieces, installations, exhibitions and performances that have happened in New York City over the last year and a half. The resonance that this work has within the music world and beyond has indeed created a sense of gathering and in the full meaning of the word Agape- it has created a sense of fellowship and community.” Alex Waterman

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dates
1 October 2008
price
Free admission. MACBA Auditorium. Seating is limited
title
Agape: experimental notations, the social act of reading, and the possibility of action
dates
1 October 2008
title
Agape: experimental notations, the social act of reading, and the possibility of action
price
Free admission. MACBA Auditorium. Seating is limited
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