BOOK (Hong Kong Collaborative)

Tuesday, 24. November 2020

This publication is a compilation of research and ideas based on Samson Young’s past projects and on-going conversations exploring the modalities of “orchestra-making”, power structures within the orchestra, and the politics of contemporary music notation system. The book includes texts and documentation of Orchestrations, an exhibition conceived in 2016 that looks at the formation of community orchestras in Hong Kong; the function of the orchestra and music in negotiating everyday power dynamics; and the structures that govern how musicians perform and how an audience experiences music. The publication also includes texts and documentation of Muted Situation #22: Muted Tchaikovsky’s 5th (2018), part of the artist’s on-going Muted Situations series since 2014, which extends the themes explored in Orchestrations through exposing unheard and marginalised auditory layers within an orchestral performance and reimagines the sonic hierarchies within an orchestra.

Authors: Samson Young, Joel Stern, and Qinyi Lim and Giorgio Biancorosso