The Score

Curator Jacqueline Doughty

Tue 01 August—Sun 05 November

Ian Potter Museum of Art

If music can be represented by ink on a page, why not by colours?

If a song can be performed by the voice, why not with silent hand gestures? What would music based on the shape of a leaf or the position of the stars in the sky sound like?

The Score is an exhibition taking performance scores as a starting point to consider the ways art leaps from the sonic to the visual to the kinaesthetic and back again. A meditation on that intangible moment of translation between two completely different forms, The Score will span three floors of the Ian Potter Museum of Art, and will feature international and Australian artists from the early 20th century to today alongside examples of dance and music notation.

A special Festival-commissioned performance program will accompany the exhibition each Saturday during the Festival.

Sat 7 October free performance program →

Sat 14 October free performance program →

Sat 21 October free performance program →

Artists: Pia Borg, John Cage, David Chesworth & Sonia Leber, Roy de Maistre, Fayen d’Evie, Marco Fusinato, Charles Gaines, Michaela Gleave, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Nathan Gray, Helen Grogan, Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack, Yuki Kihara, Shelley Lasica, Dylan Martorell, Angelica Mesiti, John Nixon, Sandra Parker, Mia Salsjö, Charlie Sofo, Sriwhana Spong, Christine Sun Kim & Thomas Mader and Danae Valenza.

Ancillary Performance Program

Charles Gaines
Sound Text
Sat 21 October, 6PM at Melbourne Recital Centre

Political writings are ingeniously transcribed into harmonies and then layered with historical song melodies ranging from Reconstruction-era spirituals to French Revolutionary ballads.

Michaela Gleave
A Galaxy of Suns
Tue 10 October, 7PM at Ian Potter Museum of Art

A 36-part choir ‘singing’ the stars as they rise and set over the horizon.

Presented with Ian Potter Museum of Art
  • Melbourne Festival's free program proudly supported by
  • With support from

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; Naomi Milgrom AO; and the Consulate General of the United States, Melbourne.

IMAGE | Marco Fusinato, Mass Black Implosion (Agglomeration, Anestis Logothetis) 2007 (detail). Ink on archival facsimile of score.Image courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne.