[spectre] New podcast with composer maverick Jennifer Walshe

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Thu Jul 23 18:14:07 CEST 2020

New podcast with composer maverick Jennifer Walshe:

In this podcast, <https://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/sonia-316-jennifer-walshe>
we talk to Jennifer Walshe about writing, annotating, teaching, collecting,
eavesdropping, performing, faking, and a touch of machine learning.

Link: https://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/sonia-316-jennifer-walshe

Jennifer Walshe studied composition and often performs as a vocalist, but
her practice and a whopping list of works over the past twenty years put
her in a twilight zone where music, performance art, theatre and stage
writing intersect and converge. Walshe’s approach to texts, scripts and
musical scores is based on a recursive process, a kind of feedback loop
which includes and acknowledges all sorts of information about the text
itself – the context and paratexts, which literary theorist Gérard Genette
described as “those liminal devices and conventions, both within and
outside the book, that form part of the complex mediation between book,
author, publisher, and reader.” Indeed, Walshe’s works (from operas,
instrumental works and electronic pieces, to artistic alter egos with their
own body of work and fictional histories) seem to extend that notion into a
version of contemporary art and music that draws upon personal anecdote,
paraphrased quotes, fiction, linguistic experiments and regurgitated pop
culture. As she elegantly puts it in our conversation, “when I make work
with text I am not trying to write an essay, I’m trying to make a space
where all this stuff is happening simultaneously. It’s all about talking
about being alive”.

Sound: improvisations by Jennifer Walshe, recorded at Next Festival in
Bratislava, 2019. This podcast is part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by
the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Produced in
collaboration with Sonic Acts.
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