Will Holder: An Evening with Robert Ashley

Friday, 20 July 2012
Gendai Workstation backyard (1265 Bloor Street West)
7 PM

Please join us for a public reading of the work of Robert Ashley by Will Holder. Robert Ashley, a distinguished figure in American contemporary music, holds an international reputation for his work in new forms of opera and multi-disciplinary projects. His recorded works are acknowledged classics of language in a musical setting. He pioneered opera-for-television, and finds television to be the artistic medium best suited to large-scale collaboration among a large group of individual artists. Ashley believes strongly in the collaborative process. Rejecting the conventional concept of aesthetic hierarchies, he maintains that “the idea is old-fashioned and suggests accompaniment […] Technique of profound collaboration is essential.” In his collaborations, he seeks to “use the full imagination of the artists in an arrangement that has a single goal–a single authorship–producing a work that is a composite of imaginations.”

Since 2005, British typographer Will Holder and composer Alex Waterman have been developing a notational system for Robert Ashley’s last three untranscribed operas: Yes, But Is It Edible?, (a biography of Robert Ashley, for four or more voices). Forthcoming, 2013. This will result in a 800 page book which should promote collective reading, interpretation and reproduction of Ashley’s work.

In 2010, Holder held an exhibition, “ROBERT ASHLEY […] ROBERT ASHLEY […] BOB […] ROBERT ASHLEY […] ROBERT ASHLEY […] ROBERT ASHLEY […] ROBERT ASHLEY […] ROBERT ASHLEY […] ROBERT ASHLEY […] ROBERT ASHLEY […]” (an edited transcript of Holder’s conversation over the past 5 years), at OBJECTIF EXHIBITIONS in Antwerp. In 2009, he curated the exhibition Talk Show, at the ICA, London. Next year, he will be the anchor artist at THE ARTIST’S INSTITUTE, New York. He lives in East London, teaches at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, and edits F.R.DAVID, a journal concerned with reading and writing in the arts, published by de Appel, Amsterdam.

A collaboration between Art Metropole, C Magazine, Gendai Gallery, No Reading After the Internet and Sameer Farooq (New Ink).

No Reading After the Internet (Toronto) is supported by the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto.