Composition

28 – 30 January, 2013

The Composition Symposium explored composition as a once vital and normative apparatus and pedagogic principle in music, visual art, architecture etc., and why it might be that it is a word we seldom hear in discourses of Contemporary Art. From an art historical perspective, the end of Modernism can be traced to the annihilation of composition at the hands of minimalism, as advocated by Judd. But long after such battles were lost or won, might we turn to a re-imagined concept of composition as a means of describing the necessary complications undertaken in contemporary practices?

Hosted by John Chilver, with contributions from Steve Claydon, John Drever, João Gonçalves, Francisco Sousa Lobo, Roman Vasseur, and Bettina Wind.