Composition | Deferral

Wherein (musical) compositions which are in some sense unfinished (scores for improvisers, for example) might be grouped with work that deals with postponement. A good place to start might be Walter Marchetti's De Musicorum Infelicitate that we staged as a durational installation with the help of Esther Ferrer or Tony Conrad's Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plane or Joan La Barbara's vocal fireworks.

To give some context to the idea behind the themes, the paired ‘terms’ are not synonyms nor are they binary oppositions but words that combine to (hopefully) produce un-rational anti-categories. The aim is to allow (encourage) the archive to be read in ways counter to normative or reductive categories. To allow things in the archive to appear in sometimes unlikely groupings and to resist essentialism. And to encourage investigations and perusals and discoveries.