About Live Notation

The project “Live Notation: Transforming Matters of Performance” is a novel investigation funded within the AHRC Digital Transformations theme, drawing upon the two performance related fields of live coding and live art. The project is a collaboration between live artist Hester Reeve (Department of Fine Art & C3RI, Sheffield Hallam University) and live coder Alex McLean (Department of Computer Science, the University of Sheffield) and involves an invited group of practitioners from both fields.  Invited Live Coders will include Sam Aaron, Nick Collins, Dave Griffiths, Thor Magnusson & Dan Stowell, and Live Artists will include Yuen Fong Ling, Brigid Mcleer, Florence Peake & Andre Stitt.  We will also be joined by Maria ChatzichristodoulouGeoff CoxChris Roast and Simon Tucker.

Whilst live artists work with ideas via their body and live coders work with abstract symbols via a laptop, both art practices depend upon intensive ‘experimental labour’ devised in front of an audience. Both events harbour an expressive poetry that results from the rigour of non-narrative, non-theatrical experimental methodologies.“Live Notation” aims to support and investigate the confluences between live coding and live art as well as allow challenges to infiltrate between the practitioners (for example, live coders may want to consider their own body presence and that of the code they produce as integral aspects of their performance’s value/meaning and live artists may want to consider potential ways of foregrounding the tracking of their actions within a performance).The first project event is in March 2012 with an open forum where the participants can meet, sharing work examples and engage together in exploratory dialogue around the potential of such a new term as ‘live notation.’ Participants will then develop both theoretical and performance based platforms from which to experiment with live notation. Collaboration between participants is to be encouraged but not insisted upon; Reeve and Mclean will kick start the project off in the spirit of risk by performing together at Sheffield’s ‘Lovebytes’ festival in February. A project website will be used for ongoing discussion and shared research between the live coders and live artists. The project culminates in a public event in September 2012 to  consist of position papers and live performances at an arts venue in the UK.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council

Live Notation is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of the Digital Transformations theme.

Each year the AHRC provides funding from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities. Only applications of the highest quality are funded and the range of research supported by this  investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK.


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