About the Performance
Musica Practica is a performance artwork devised in collaboration with orchestra conductor Anthony Weeden. When the work was performed at Tate Britain in 2011 it was described as follows:
A lone orchestra conductor translates the gallery’s ambient sounds and everyday movements into real-time orchestral choreography. Shifting the traditional relations of authorship, score and performance, conductor and audience simultaneously direct one another’s actions.
The performance has taken place in London (South Bank 2010, SE8 Gallery 2010, Tate Britain 2011) and in Oxford (the Bodleian Library quads, a Modern Art Oxford offsite project 2012). In June 2013 the piece returned to London as part of P33 at Kings Place.
Other works in the Musica Practica series
I developed the conducting performance as part of a series of artworks and texts exploring reciprocity between writer and reader through analogies with music.
- Printed works in the series include a sequence of short instructional texts published in Text As vol. IV: As Conductor and a participatory performance of simultaneous reading at Reading for Reading’s Sake (both 2010).
- A spoken-word piece, also titled Musica Practica, was broadcast on Resonance 104.4fm in 2010. It invited online and analogue listeners to participate in the piece, keeping exactly in time with one another. This piece was re-broadcast and discussed on Soundfjord.org the following year.
- The conducting performance, which has become the most visible work within the Musica Practica series, was incorporated into a panel discussion at SE8 Gallery as part of the Mulberry Tree Press exhibition in 2010.
Images: Tamarin Norwood, Musica Practica (2010-), performed by Anthony Weeden. Photos by Stefan Fuhrmann taken at Late at Tate: Diffusions, 4 February 2011. Video: Tamarin Norwood, Musica Practica. Videography by Tila Rodriguez Past at the Bodleian Library for Modern Art Oxford, 11 March 2012.