For our second meeting, our team convened at the School of Music at the University of Leeds – Joanne’s Armitage’s crib. After mastering the technical complexity of the Light Hadron coffee machine, Louise Atkinson, Rob Carroll and I were by joined by my old friend and Joanne’s colleague Dr Kia Ng, co-founder and director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Scientific Research in Music and an alumnus of the second Creative Lab last year.
We resumed our progress to date for Kia and he told us a little about how the previous team had tackled their brief last year.
Two notable strengths of our team served us well at our first meeting and even better at this one. Firstly, we really get on with each other and secondly (possibly because of the first), we enjoy developing and expanding upon each other’s thoughts. This generosity of working meant that when we looked at our whiteboard notes at the end of the session, we were all represented. The core concepts we had settled on were our joint work.
We don’t, at this stage, want to go into too much detail about our ‘modest proposal’: we’re still developing the means by which our ideas may be expressed. But our discussions were an evolutionary development of our initial discussions around the relationship between the museum, the object and the audience. In particular we explored the notion of the ‘authenticity’ of what we termed the ‘venerated object’ and how we might employ ‘inauthentic objects’ and mediated audience interaction with objects to create new audience experiences and relationships with art. It was all a lot funkier than that description makes it sound, though.
We hope to be able to go into more detail regarding our suite of proposals at the coffee shop event on the 15th.