What is a score?
A score offers instructions or directions on how something (music, dance, movement, poems etc.) can be performed. It can be performed by the creator and reinterpreted by others. A score is not limited by the live performance and can be treated as a unique object on its own. Many artists have challenged our understanding of scores and their relationship with the audience through unconventional materials, formats, instructions and means of distribution. You might be interested to read explanations and definitions by other artists and platforms, such as Pablo Helguera.
What does a score mean to me?
There are many ways to encounter a score. Depending on how a score is presented to you, you may experience different emotions, thoughts and physical sensations. Scores can also complicate our ideas of authorship by shifting the relationship between the creator and performers. New and unexpected insights may come to you when you learn another person’s score or create your own score.In our collaborative research, we’re interested in exploring novel ways of developing and notating scores.
We are also interested in how personal experiences rooted in specific contexts and cultures can be transformed into scores that can be shared and transmitted to others. We’re curious to learn if this process of exchanging and learning scores with others can encourage listening and the growth of caring communities.
How do I access scores by others? Can I use them?
We’d love to receive your creative responses to them! Head over to the Public Archives section on our website to access scores by our contributors. There are also Open Calls featuring focused themes, where you can find a series of curated scores by artists and invited contributors.
You’re free to use our work for non-commercial purposes. Do credit and inform our contributors if you feature or use their work for creative purposes.
Can we create our own scores? Where do we contribute to them?
Sure, you can! We welcome scores in various formats digitally (video, audio, images, text etc.). You may send them to us via email.
These scores will be featured on our website and may be included in future projects and exhibitions.