Scoring other: the social function of art-making

Hignell-Tully, Daniel Alexander (2017) Scoring other: the social function of art-making. Doctoral thesis (PhD), University of Sussex.

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Abstract

To what degree is it possible to score an artistic event for which the impetus is a
social, rather than aesthetic, effect - and indeed, to what degree are these effects
separable? How, in short, can the composer or artist create a blueprint for a relational
practice that is fundamentally concerned more with actions within the community
than it is with any outcomes or objects presented to the community?

This thesis seeks to explore the role of the Other through the composition of a set of
participatory scores for social activity. Devised from the perspective of a composer
and sound-artist, this practice-led research investigates three strands of social engagement:
collaboration, interpretation, and intervention. These strands each revolve
around the problems inherent to performing and scoring socially-engaged,
site-specific sound works, as well as the reality of their dissemination in the public
domain. Each of the methods employed not only feeds back into the score-making
process, but also serves to critique existing methods and hierarchies within artistic
participation, ultimately arguing for an open-ended and non-linear relationship between
the act of sensing, and the (community-influenced) construction of the sensible.

Exploring post-structural, ethical, and ontological notions of what it means to share
and construct community with Other, this research examines the role of art as a
creative movement between self-constructs that are at once individual and indivisible
from the community. This work argues that such creativity extends not only to
the realisation of artworks, but across the whole gamut of activity within the social
event.

By undertaking practice-based research into the role of Other within the event of an
artwork, this thesis interrogates the socio-political hierarchies inherent to both the
specific art-event, and the pre-existing community in which such events unfold. As
such, the art-event points not only to the specific creative act of its making, but
equally the latent creativity within the community in which the art is disseminated.
The spectator, no less than the artist, defines the terms of the community by which
such acts are made available to perception as an ontological reading that is not
only sensed, but sensible.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Music
Subjects: M Music. Literature on music. Musical instruction and study > ML Literature on music > ML0159 History and criticism > ML0430 Composition and performance
M Music. Literature on music. Musical instruction and study > ML Literature on music > ML3800 Philosophical and societal aspects of music. Physics and acoustics of music. Physiological aspects of music > ML3916 Social and political aspects of music
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general > NX0600 Special movements, A-Z > NX0600.P47 Performance art
Depositing User: Library Cataloguing
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2017 14:48
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2017 14:48
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/68361

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