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Experiencing architecture—Musarc at Walmer Yard. Photographer: Yiannis Katsaris

Experiencing architecture—Musarc at Walmer Yard. Photographer: Yiannis Katsaris

Vladimir Nabokov once wrote, when we concentrate on a material object, whatever its situation, the very act of attention may lead to our involuntary sinking into the history of the object — of this stone, or that shovel. Likewise, when we consider this or that object, we may fall through the surface of the perceived present into more elusive layers of the moment. Still, to recognise the transparency of things requires our active participation. Now comes the act of attention…

Choral collective Musarc – based at The Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University –have based this term’s activities around Goldsmiths CCA’s exhibition Transparent Things, which takes Chapter 1 of Nabokov’s 1972 novel of the same name as a script. The ways in which Nabokov evokes the expressive and productive power of things will form the basis for their own pieces devised in response to artworks in the exhibition. The project will culminate in an evening of performances across the building on Thursday 30 April 2020.

BIOGRAPHY

Musarc is o­ne of the UK’s most progressive choral collectives. Based at The Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University, Musarc explores making music, listening, performance and composition in relation to the creative process, and music as a social form in the context of architecture and the city. The ensemble, which is sought after for its experimental and open-minded working approach, has been commissioned by major cultural organisations and institutions in the UK and abroad, and regularly collaborates with artists and composers to commission new work that challenges traditional ways of making music, and that brings together art, performance and education.

Vladimir Nabokov once wrote, when we concentrate on a material object, whatever its situation, the very act of attention may lead to our involuntary sinking into the history of the object — of this stone, or that shovel. Likewise, when we consider this or that object, we may fall through the surface of the perceived present into more elusive layers of the moment. Still, to recognise the transparency of things requires our active participation. Now comes the act of attention…

Choral collective Musarc – based at The Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University –have based this term’s activities around Goldsmiths CCA’s exhibition Transparent Things, which takes Chapter 1 of Nabokov’s 1972 novel of the same name as a script. The ways in which Nabokov evokes the expressive and productive power of things will form the basis for their own pieces devised in response to artworks in the exhibition. The project will culminate in an evening of performances across the building on Thursday 30 April 2020.

BIOGRAPHY

Musarc is o­ne of the UK’s most progressive choral collectives. Based at The Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University, Musarc explores making music, listening, performance and composition in relation to the creative process, and music as a social form in the context of architecture and the city. The ensemble, which is sought after for its experimental and open-minded working approach, has been commissioned by major cultural organisations and institutions in the UK and abroad, and regularly collaborates with artists and composers to commission new work that challenges traditional ways of making music, and that brings together art, performance and education.

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