Rhyme or Reason

22 – 26 June 2015


Intensive programme led by LUX Scotland in collaboration with Collective

Rhyme or Reason was a five-day, intensive study programme that investigated the role of notation, improvisation and score across the visual arts and other disciplines including music, writing and geography. Contributors included Giles Bailey, Struan Barr, Ben Cook, Beatrice Gibson, Laura Guy, Will Holder, Isla Leaver-Yap, Anna McLauchlan and Conal McStravick.

What are the consequences of our provisional and private forms of language? How can these intimate instructions translate into forms of broadcast and communication? As a form of writing or sketching that is closely linked to musical scores and ideas of indeterminacy, notation thrives on personalisation and permutation. Rhyme or Reason explored why and how practitioners are using notation and score when developing work today - thinking through the relationship between structure and improvisation, and the complex politics of working with or representing others.

The programme was set against the backdrop of Crippled Symmetries, a new film by artist Beatrice Gibson, which uses American modernist William Gaddis' epic satire JR as a score for its production. Co-commissioned by Collective, Grazer Kunstverein and FLAMIN (Film London Artists' Moving Image Network) the film will premiere in Scotland at Collective in August 2015 as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival.


Archive, Events, Off-Site: The Entrance (for Larry Leitch), 22 June 2015, 6.30pm

Archive, Exhibitions, City Dome: Beatrice Gibson, Crippled Symmetries, 30 July – 4 October 2015

Screening: Curated by Beatrice Gibson as part of Edinburgh International Film Festival, 25 June 2015, 8.20pm

Click here to download the full programme

This is an archived programme entry.

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