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"How do you translate a text that is not a text? How do you perform a score that is not a score?"  Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt, 2013

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"How Do You Perform a Score That Is Not a Score?" asks the same question: "How do you translate a text that is not a text?" In art before philosophy, as opposed to art after philosophy, one of the purposes of art is to invent new forms of language in the arts, music, poetry and cinema that require philosophy to rewrite itself and its relation to understanding. Only in those cases can art help to reorganize the cultural landscape as well as us. In other words, require us to be something other. A number of graphic scores were created by the technique of transparent adhesive tape transfer, where adhesive tape is used to extract the surface layer of magazines and newspaper images...

"Scoring the Archive" Studio Berlin, 2012

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...Ever so delicately, the surface ink is lifted from its mother image and reinserted into another syntax in an alternative context – in this case a musical score. Paying homage to certain techniques and effects of John Cage, the redistribution process was produced in an environment of chance and entropy. When pencil lead shavings were added to the mix what resulted was traditionally unreadable and unknowable works. Could these non-sensical graphic scores be interpreted by contemporary musicians? This work asks that question. Five contemporary musicians perform the graphic score.