Tacit or Loud: where is the knowledge in art?
Symposium and festival for artistic research
Nov 16-Dec 3

Tacit or Loud is organized by two artistic research projects located at the Malmö Academy of Music and at the Theatre Academy, both part of Lund University, Sweden. The peer-review group consists of senior researchers from a number of institutions at Lund University. The event is co-organized with several independent organisations for music, dance and theatre in Malmö. Special thanks to Malmö Konsthall for co-organizing the morning sessions on Nov 29.

Music in Movement
Music in Movement (launched in 2011) is a multi-disciplinary research project funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR) initiated by the Swedish guitarist Stefan Östersjö. The project builds on an expanded notion of musical gesture and the concept of merging the practices of choreographer and composer in the production of musical works that are concieved not merely as sonic entities but as compound units of sound and visual gesture. Music in Movement attempts to develop artistic strategies that allow musical composition and choreography to amalgamate and give rise to novel modes of expression.

Building on a multimodal conception of human perception recent research on musical gesture finds gestural images to be integral to the perception of music. In musical performance, these visual gesture-types and the sounding result of the actions create compound units that Rolf-Inge Godøy calls gestural-sonic objects . However, the theory and terminology for these new approaches to musical gesture is still in progress.

The research methodology is characterised by hybrid methods merging artistic practice with qualitative and quantitative analytical tools. Within Music in Movement, composers from Asia, Europe and USA have collaborated with the Swedish/Vietnamese group The Six Tones and the choreographer Marie Fahlin, video artists, technicians, light designers etc in the creation of a series of films, installation- and performance art and a triple concerto with film, choreography and orchestra.

Ögonblickets anatomi (The Anatomy of the Moment)
One aim with the project “The Anatomy of the Moment” (launched in 2012 and funded by the Swedish Research Council) is to research the possibilities for collaboration between dramatist, actors, composer, and musicians on the basis of the situation in the play.

Originally, in actors’ practice, the “situation” stands for the circumstances proposed for the character, both in a global perspective with a view to the play as a whole, and in the successive scenes. Thus also, the situation becomes the ground for the actor’s understanding of his/her lines and actions as the character.

It has turned out that this approach is not only useful for the actor’s work but also for the integration of other expressive means in the theatre performance. In this way, a leading idea for the research project is to create a living environment and a common ground for theatre work that transcends boundaries between different art forms.

Another aim is to find out points of contacts between artistic and scientific research. In this context contemporary cognitive science attracts particular interest, in the sense that theories in this field can help explain how artistic work can be a quest for knowledge in its own right. We have also found commonalities between descriptions of human-environment interaction in some theories within cognitive science and experiences made within acting methodology of how the actor understands the role on the basis of the situation.

Cognitive research is interesting for the project also in that it accommodates support for the idea about knowledge that that can only be conceptualized in the form of practical activities, and not in spoken or written language.

The project is led by Erik Rynell, Jörgen Dahlqvist and Kent Olofsson and includes a series of theatre performances, video installations and multimodal music/performance art.

Teatr Weimar
Teatr Weimar is a leading performing arts collective in Sweden, situated in Malmö. Teatr Weimar brings playwrights, directors, actors, musicians and other artists together to explore the boundaries and expressions of contemporary performing arts. They have made guest performances at Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, Temps D´images in Paris, The Ibsen Festival in Norway, Nordwind festival at Volksbühne in Berlin, as well as all the major institutions in Sweden. Their work has been seen and heard on Swedish television and radio. Teatr Weimar organizes seminars and festivals on theatre and intermedia art, publishes books through Jena Press, and release sound art at Radiowy.se. They have also started their own artistic research platform, wlabs.

Ensemble Ars Nova
Ensemble Ars Nova is a Swedish ensemble for new music founded in 1986 by composer Johannes Johansson, who also was its artistic director for the first nine years. Since 1995, the guitarist Stefan Östersjö has been its artistic director. Specialising in music for instruments and electronics, the ensemble has also been working with multi-media projects. Since 2008, this has taken shape as an extensive collaboration with Teatr Weimar in the SONAT series:  an attempt to develop experimental music theatre based on the aesthetics of the radiophonic hörspiel. Ensemble Ars Nova has toured regularly in Europe and recorded a series of CDs.

Inter Arts Center
Inter Arts Center is a meeting point for different art genres, for art and modern technology, for researchers and artists, and for experimental and interdisciplinary art. Inter Arts Center (IAC) was established by the Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts at The University of Lund in 2011 and is located on the third and fourth floor of the old Mazetti chocolate factory in Malmö. The aim of IAC is to create a strong interdisciplinary platform for artistic research and experimental art. With 1400 m2 of space IAC offers good facilities for concerts, exhibitions, screenings, talks, performance, dance and theatre, but it also includes smaller and more isolated environments for conferences, master classes, lectures, workshops, research, sound and video editing as well as two artist studios. IAC hosts a great variety of activities and intends to support and cultivate bold artistic ideas in various forms. Not just through the spaces and facilities available, but also as an institution with its own initiatives. Therefore IAC will be in constant flux, open and supportive to true experimentation and new approaches to contemporary art and artistic research.

With support from
Malmö Stad
Statens Kulturråd


Tacit or Loud

Festival program

– Inside/outside
– Post human computation
Arrival Cities: Hanoi
– The Fourth Dimension
– Vodou [...] 
– Il Se Tourna
Possible Worlds
– Face
– Inde
– Choreo Graphia
– Facet II
– Portraits

– Voices-of-No(i)sense
– [choreo] logy ⏐ carto [graphy]
– Reiterations of Dissent
– Body on street
– För den som i hemlighet lyssnar
– Gynoides project
– Violence and Pedagogy
– Knowing "I"?
– That’s all we shall no for truth
- Through Composition as Explanation
– Synsmaskinen

Symposium Nov 28-Dec 3
– Nov 28
– Nov 29
– Nov 30
– Dec 1
– Dec 2
– Dec 3

– Keynote speakers
– Presenters