Running Under Bridges

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition


Running Under Bridges

Running Under Bridges at the Talbot Rice Gallery is a collaboration between musician and composer, Raymond MacDonald, and visual artist/printmaker, Jo Ganter co-authoring a series of original prints and musical compositions that test the possibilities of images as conductors of sound, and sound as a compositional tool for images. The reproduction of the images allows the works to be used as graphic scores for groups of musicians to perform them, while they are simultaneously exhibited artworks. Hand drawn 'grids' and photographs provide the starting point for intricate images that are collaboratively developed in numerous ways. Sometimes both working on the images simultaneously, sometimes through a remote collaboration (scanning and digital editing etc), and sometimes the images are edited while rehearsing with groups of musicians. The images replace conventional music scores for small groups of musicians. The music may vary each time the score is played, but is always specific to the score. The exhibition shows the development of the collaboration between these two artists from the point of origin, when each remained within their area of specialization, and traces their developing collaborative working processes towards co-authorship. On the upper floor of the gallery, three graphic scores created by Jo Ganter respond to already existing music by Raymond MacDonald and Marilyn Crispell. These are further tested through the animation of each score. In the main white cube space however, a series of truly co-authored scores are exhibited, and will be performed live, by musicians collaborating with both Ganter and MacDonald. The work sees both artists breaking new ground to immerse themselves in each other's practice and create work that combines music and visual art completely throughout the creative process. This is both an art exhibition and the set for a number of musical performances, May 8th - 23rd.
Period9 May 201523 May 2015
Event typeSeminar
LocationEdinburgh, United KingdomShow on map


  • Music
  • Art
  • graphic score
  • Performance
  • collaboration