Musical contexts in public spaces

Musica supports talented musicians and sound artists with a taste for experimentation. This new collective brings together young and young professional artists with the aim of creating music in public spaces. What does it mean to make music in a public area, on squares, in streets or in forests?

The ‘Collectief Publiek Geluid’ (Public Sound Collective in Dutch) receives ongoing support from Musica and C-TAKT (network organisation with merger partners C-Mine and TAKT Dommelhof and structural partners wpZimmer, SoAP, 0090, Musica and In SITU). Musica organises two work contexts each year. This context includes a residency, professional coaching by high-level artists and a group presentation for a wide audience.

The collective is free to decide for itself what direction it will take. In the long term, the collective will create a network and a repertoire that aims to attract the attention of major festivals and arts organisations.

  • Self-directing collective for and by young and young professional musicians and artists
  • Supported by Musica and C-TAKT, master classes by leading artists
  • Creating a repertoire for public spaces
  • Project over several years with national and international residencies
  • Gaining experience and consolidating a network
  • Creating opportunities to play and a basis for new practices

Artistic premises

What does it mean to create works for public space as opposed to a traditional concert hall? What factors do you need to take into account if you make music on the street, what artistic opportunities does it offer in terms of presentation and audience, and what are the risks (e.g. weather conditions, criticism from passers-by)? In every new context, there will be consideration of how the architecture and activities of a specific place determine its artistic possibilities. To guide this process of reflection and experimentation, Musica offers a context twice a year including a residency and coaching by a guest from the professional sector: this may be a sound artist, composer, urban planner or transdisciplinary performer.

A second aim of the collective is to build up a ‘repertoire’ or ‘canon’ of works suitable for performance in public spaces: historical performances of work by Fluxus or John Cage are combined with the collective’s own compositions to create a ‘catalogue’ in the form of processions, city tunes or walks from which organisations and festivals can select works for their programmes.

Collectief Publiek Geluid is a project by Musica with the support of C-TAKT

Text retrieved from the official web page.