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02 Nov 2009

Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart: Cornelius Cardew and the freedom of listening

The Great Learning - Paragraph 5, directed by Annie Vigier, Franck Apertet, and Lore Gablier.
Photo: Steeve Beckouet/CAC Brétigny, 2009

Cornelius Cardew and the Freedom of Listening


September 19 - November 29, 2009

Program Series:
November 5-21

Opening hours:
Wed-Sun, 3-7pm

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D - 70178 Stuttgart

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The exhibition and program series 'Cornelius Cardew and the freedom of listening' at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart presents the work of British composer Cornelius Cardew, and reflects his work through an installation of photographs, scores, correspondences, posters, paraphrenalia, and recordings, as well as a live program of performances. Cornelius Cardew was amongst the most influential composers of the second half of the 20th century; he worked with Karlheinz Stockhausen and John Cage, expanded the boundaries of avantgarde music and was a pioneer in improvisation before his tragic death in 1981 at the age of 45. The project, realized in collaboration with the CAC Bretigny, concentrates above all on participative interests of Cardew, like incorporating amateur musicians and experimental forms of notation, to question traditional hierarchic structures. The exhibition and program series presents the work of Cornelius Cardew and the Scratch Orchestra within a framework of art and music and is the first major retrospective of the artist in Germany.


An integral part of the project is a series of concerts and performances relating to the work of Cornelius Cardew, offering an opportunity to examine his work beyond the exhibition format. Concerts include intrepretations by former colleagues Keith Rowe and Michael Parsons, French composer Jean-Jacques Palix, electronic music artist Ekkehard Ehlers, as well as the orchestra of the Staatsoper Stuttgart. Another event will be a dance interpretation of a Cardew composition by French choreographers Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet. The series culminates with a concert by Horace and Walter Cardew, who will play a selection of their father's music.


November 5, 2009, 3pm
Michael Parsons: Walk
Location: Central Railway Station, Main Hall

November 5, 2009, 7pm
Keith Rowe: Concert and talk

November 7, 2009, 7pm
The Great Learning - Paragraph 7, directed by Jean-Jacques Palix
Ekkehard Ehlers: Innocence

November 20, 2009, 7pm
The Great Learning - Paragraph 1, directed by Stefan Schreiber, with the Youth Choir of the Young Opera, Staatsoper Stuttgart, directed by Thomas Schäfer

November 21, 2009, 5pm
The Great Learning - Paragraph 5, directed by Annie Vigier, Franck Apertet, Lore Gablier
Horace and Walter Cardew: Concert

Location, if not otherwise stated: Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, 2nd floor
Fee: 5.00 EUR (reduced: 3.00 EUR)

'Cornelius Cardew and the freedom of listening ' is co-produced in collaboration with CAC Brétigny ( Curated by Dean Inkster, Jean-Jacques Palix, Lore Gablier, Pierre Bal-Blanc and Axel John Wieder.

The event programm is co-produced with the Staatsoper Stuttgart and is supported by the Land Baden-Württemberg. The project of Annie Vigier, Franck Apertet and Lore Gablier is supported by the institut français Stuttgart, the institut français Berlin / Bureau de la création artistique – Théâtre et Danse, and by Le Générateur, Gentilly.

Also on view at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart:

Ei Arakawa and Sergei Tcherepnin: Quasar ⇔ Lanterns
September 19 - November 29, 2009