We are announcing a call for artwork for the exhibition, Pythagoras (and Austinites) Discovering Musical Intervals, hosted at Flex Space Gallery at Pump Project for its September 2012 Exhibition Series. The opening reception will be September 7, 2012. Austin-area artists will share their interpretation of the story about the ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoras discovering the musical intervals.
It is said that Pythagoras stumbled upon the intervals by chance while passing by a blacksmiths' workshop. The sounds of hammers striking an anvil produced pitches that corresponded to the same musical intervals Pythagoras had been studying. He realized that the ratios of the hammers' weights correlated to these intervals. With a constant presence in history, the imagery of Pythagoras exploring harmony with hammers and other instruments has been depicted in medieval artwork and manuscripts, alluded to in Renaissance and Baroque music, and referenced in a multitude of literature since Ancient Rome and Greece.
The most recent major interpretation was in the early 1600s. The French scholar, Marin Mersenne, dubbed the father of acoustics, declared that the narrative was a myth in his treatise on the acoustics of string instruments. Incidentally, he provided no proof for why he considered the story of the musical discovery to be a physical impossibility. Latching onto Mersenne’s rejection, modern scholarship has attempted to fill in these missing details, but, in turn, it has violated the laws of physics, in order to disprove the physicality of generating the musical intervals according to the story. Regardless of the science, the role and importance in history that the narrative previously enjoyed has been diminished. Whether or not its physicality is real, the story of the discovery continues to have value. The exhibition, Pythagoras (and Austinites), revives the account from the stagnation of modern reception by offering the first unique interpretation in nearly 400 years and showcasing the collective artwork of Austin-based artists at Pump Project's Flex Space Gallery. Together, we will make history! Come discover the intervals with us!
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We need your financial support to purchase wood, sheet metal, paint, PVC pipe, duct tape, and other hardware and building materials for our interactive sound installation! Our funding campaign will also pay for PA and sound equipment rental, singers performing a Renaissance piece based on the intervals, and, of course, the reception and gallery space!
Our appreciation for your contributions on IndieGoGo will include perks such as posters, patches, other commemorative items, and even pieces of our art/sound installation!
CALL FOR ARTWORK
We are soliciting artwork from Austin-area artists that interprets the story of Pythagoras's discovery of the musical intervals. This will be a multi-sensory and interactive event. Artists are encouraged to propose works in any combination of the visual and performance, aural, tactile, and olfactory. Pieces must fit through a standard door size (36"x80") to fit in the gallery space. Deadline for proposals is July 16, 2012. Selection of artwork will be notified via email by August 1, 2012. Delivery of your art must be completed by the weekend of August 31. You may make your art available for sale!
dance and performance art
ANYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES!
All submissions should be sent to: pythagorasATX AT gmail DOT com
Within your email, please include:
***5-10 low-res JPEGS of current work
***proposed title and medium/media
***description of submitted piece (100 words max.)
***a sketch of proposed work for Pythagoras (and Austinites)
For the rest of the story about Pythagoras and more information, visit: www.pythagorasATX.com
Questions can be sent to: pythagorasATX AT gmail DOT com