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Scoring the City
Workshop with Theatrum Mundi

Workshop with selection process (Call for Scores, Deadline: 15 December 2019)

Tutors: John Bingham-Hall (Theatrum Mundi) & Gascia Ouzounian

Workshop dates: four days tba.
Workshop times: 9.30–13.00 on all four days
Possible number of active participants: 15
Participants: Composers (chosen from Call for Scores, registered for composition) with an interest in space and/or experimental notations
Prerequisites for participation: Completed compositions using non-standard notations of any kind
Tech requirements: Smartphone with camera and voice note capacities recommended
Application deadline for composers: ⚠️ 15 December 2019


This workshop explores the relationship between approaches to notation in music and architectural design. Throughout the week we will create a collection of scores for urban sites in Darmstadt.
The experiment takes inspiration from graphic scores in music as dynamic forms that could offer new models for the relationship between architecture, design practices, and social life: in other words, between scoring and performing urban space. In the same way that musical composition scores a set of actions to be performed, we understand architectural design as a framework guiding a set of enactments. Building and living in architectural spaces entails interpreting a framework, with differing degrees of freedom. Could architectural design be understood as a score that could be opened up by learning from other kinds of notation?

Led by Gascia Ouzounian (University of Oxford) and John Bingham-Hall (Theatrum Mundi), the Scoring the City project has so far brought together workshops in London, Beirut, Belfast, and Paris throughout 2019. This will result in an exhibition of speculative architectural scores created by the participants. These propose different ways to move from the conception to the realisation of spatial forms. The collaboration between sonic and spatial practice provokes new approaches within both, as well as a critical discussion about the relationship between composition and improvisation, composer and performer, designer and maker, and intention and freedom, across both realms.
Starting with provocations based on the approaches developed throughout the project so far, applicants to the workshop will have the opportunity to work with invited architects and urbanists including Richard Sennett, through group discussions, site walks, performances, improvisations, and design charrettes. Guest tutors Jennifer Walshe and David Helbich will join for certain sessions to offer specific methods and feedback. By the end of the week, participants will create a score for a chosen site in Darmstadt that blurs the lines between musical and architectural ‘design’, which we will aim to collect together as a quick-fire publication produced on site.

Call for Scores

Required material: ONE existing PDF score for a real or hypotethetical spatialised performance

Applicants are requested to e-mail ONE SINGLE PDF file (LASTNAME_Firstname_Scoring_the_City_2020.pdf) by 15 December 2019 to:

Please note that we cannot consider any remarks, links, or information outside the PDF!
If you have sound or video files, please upload them on a cloud and provide the link in the PDF, thank you!

All applicants will be notified before 22 January 2020 (start of the booking period). Composers accepted for the workshop will be given priority during registration and online booking for composition.

Important: Please take note of our data protection policy and the conditions for participation for the Darmstadt Summer Course before submitting your application.

If you have questions, please e-mail!

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