Concrete Scores/Art App

Jacquelyn Bortolussi
Concrete Scores/Art App
Friday, January 17, 2014, 7:00 pm to Saturday, February 1, 2014, 9:00 pm

Writer: Michael Nardone (Montreal, PQ)
Curators: Doug Jarvis (Victoria, BC), Peter Morin (Brandon, MN)
Exhibition dates: Friday, January 17, to Saturday, February 22, 2014
Opening reception: Friday, January 17, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Performances: Friday, January 17, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
Workshop: Saturday, January 18, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
New Music Performance: Saturday, February 1, 2014, 7:00 p.m. 
Venue: Open Space, 510 Fort St, Victoria, BC
Admission: by donation, New Music Performance tickets $10/$15 (at door or in advance at
The Concrete Scores group exhibition, opening on Friday, January 17, 7:00 p.m., presents works by artists who are exploring the intersecting terrain of contemporary art practice, often focusing on what emerges from the interference between them. Installations, writing and performances will demonstrate how combined artistic forms can generate new meaning and new experience.
The Art App represented in this exhibition is the result of a series of workshops that invited and challenges participants to engage with the contemporary arts on their own terms. These workshops began in June 2013. Participatory Perspectives, the final workshop, on Saturday, January 18, 2:00 p.m., invites participants to learn about the project, user test the app, and contribute to its outcome as an interface with art.
Together, the works in the Concrete Scores exhibition, the Art App, and associated events present a series of situations that challenge our comfortable understandings of art and the role of art within our lives. Each of the projects presented by artists open up new opportunities for a deeper participation with contemporary art.
Associated events include a New Music performance on February 1 by the Ethos Collective, presenting a composition based on reading of the artworks as musical score. February 5, Open Word presents author and broadcaster Nora Young, talking about her new book, The Virtual Self: How Our Digital Selves Are Altering the World Around Us. And Paul Walde will curate Audiospace 10, a listening booth presenting works that engage how visual artists work with sound, opening on January 17 and running until June 7, hosted by New Music.
January 17, 7:00 p.m. — New Music presents AudioSpace 10, curated by Paul Walde
February 1, 7:00 p.m. — New Music presents the Ethos Collective
February 5, 7:30 p.m. — Open Word presents Nora Young
June 6, 2013
Ethos Collective: Exploring Graphic Scores
September 26–28, 2013
Performance Art Workshop: VestAndPage
Saturday, November 23, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Friday, January 17, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
INTRODUCTION of the Art App, as part of the Concrete Scores exhibition
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
Participant Perspectives
Project blog:
Inspired by the historical art movement of Fluxus and the creation of intermedia forms of expression, Open Space will present a programming year that aims to re-draw the interdisciplinary boundaries between concrete poetry, graphic scores, and performance art. Our goal is to embrace as yet unrecognized forms of contemporary art expression. Open Space introduces the Art App.
The Art App is an interdisciplinary instrument and program of events designed to engage audience and contemporary art. It is a digital media device that will enable the viewer to take on the role of creating and managing the information that they use to encounter, interpret, and understand their relationship to works in an exhibition, an exhibition space, and life beyond the gallery. A key component is an interactive platform in which the viewer is able to input specific parameters that will help to shape their experience and develop/redevelop levels of engagement with contemporary art.
The Art App becomes a conceptual framework for engaging with the question of audience itself. To this end, Open Space will host a series of programs over the next year employing a developmental framework used to create a digital media app as an outline to explore and critically engage interpretive methods of production, presentation, and audience engagement. We are developing the Art App over the 2013 year and will officially release the App as a component of the Concrete Scores exhibition opening on Friday, January 17, 2014.
Photographs by Jacquelyn Bortolussi