“In a traditional concert, sounds move and the audience remains seated”
In “Symphony for 20 rooms”,
The sounds move, the audience also moves.
In my “Omnibus music No.1 (1961),
sounds sit down, the audience visits them.
In “Exposition of Music,
sounds sit, the audience plays with or attacks them.
In “Moving theatre’ in the street,
sounds move in the street and the audience encounters them “unexpectedly” in the street.
– From Nam June Paik’s “New ontology of music” –
Over Music is an experimental music festival exploring a notion of the “ontology of music” that breaks the boundaries between sound performances and the audience. The program is an extension of the exploration of avant-garde music practiced by Nam June Paik and shared with John Cage and Karl-Heinz Stockhausen, as well as a reinterpretation of Nam June Paik as a composer who mixed performance and music.
Nam June Paik’s performances and happenings blurred the boundaries between musician, composer and audience thus transcending traditional art and sound practices to offer a ‘surprise’ experience. Over Music focuses on Nam June Paik’s new approach to arts and sound as well as role in Fluxus music. The program is not simply a celebration of Nam June Paik’s pioneering interest in experimental sound art. In addition it will aim to further develop accompanying theoretical events along with performances based on thorough research of Nam June Paik, music history and theory.
Over Music is a monthly program introducing contemporary experimental sound, music and media performances held every last Saturday of the month at Nam June Paik Art Center. The program takes as a reference point Nam June Paik’s early career as a composer to explore his relationship to music and recontextualize his work within contemporary music practice.
For the next few months, the Nam June Paik Art Center will focus on Paik’s relation to Fluxus music and experimental new music. On November 20th, Jason Kahn, renowned sound artist will give a workshop titled “Sound Scrap” and a solo concert.
Jason Kahn’s work includes sound installation, performance and composition. he performed and exhibited sound installations throughout Europe, North and South America and Asia. Kahn installs his sound pieces in certain spots in given spaces. On these primarily non-visual sound work aims to recognize the space through sound,
· Workshop Program : November 20th, 2009, 12pm – 6pm
This workshop will focus on Kahn’s approach to recording and working with environmental sound. Special emphasis will be given to the use of contact(piezo0 microphones and recording the “small” sounds in our environment. The workshop is open to novices and advanced practitioners alike. Participants should bring a sound recording device(solid state recorder, SAT recorder, mini disc, cassette recorder etc.) and headphones.