May 252014

Unwitting scores was a performance work commissioned byMaria Papadomanolaki for Forms of Ventriloquism at IMT Gallery, on 24.7.2014. The performance is based on an initial written record of a sound walk at Elephant and Castle, taken during a workshop by one of its participants.

This initial visual and textual testimony of a much maligned yet iconic urban space, which is about to be demolished as part of an “urban regeneration” scheme, has been fragmented into a series of graphical scores which are re-assembled during the performance.

For Forms of Ventriloquism Iris Garrelfs re-interprets the relationships between puppeteer and dummy, performer and score, place and non-place by “throwing her voice” (as the act of ventriloquizing is also known) and giving expression to another time, another place, and another’s experience within a matrix of her own network of connections.

Once used, the scores are physically pinned on top of a projection of the original document, creating a layered deposit, a strata of displaced yet anchored experiences. Thus, these traces of a visual and textual testimony become unwitting scores and collective prompts to a performative transposition of what anthropologist Marc Augé might have thought of as a non-space into a web of multi-faceted personal and cultural connections.

The initial image: 







Some of the graphic scores produced for the performance from the above original:


Some images from the performance:

A video extract:

Unwitting Scores from Iris Garrelfs on Vimeo.


Unwitting Scores has made it into an amazing collection of works curated by Poulomi Usurp Desai for the Google Cultural Institute from material in the British Music Collection at Sound And Music on occasion of International Women’s Day 2015. This collection also features works by the fab Magz HallRiz MaslenAin Bailey and many other amazing women! Find it here.

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