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"Notation in creative processes"

Date: 13th - 15th July 2011
Location: Freie Universität Berlin
Institut für Philosophie
Habelschwerdter Allee 30 (basement)
14195 Berlin
Organising Committee: Fabian Czolbe, Mark Halawa, Elisabeth Birk, Rainer Totzke (Research Training Group "Notational Iconicity"/Berlin (D)), David Magnus (eikones/Basel (CH))

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The creative process in art and science makes use of many different kinds of notation. The wide variety of notational methods, in turn, gives rise to structures which alter and redefine our understanding of the discipline or genre in which the work is being carried out. Notational systems open up spaces within individual creativity that enable thinkers and artists to plumb the inner workings of ideas, and develop unconventional solutions to problems. The notation used in a creative act often makes use of existing notational systems, but equally as often modifies them, or even replaces them with entirely new ones developed within the specific conditions of the problem or project being tackled. Each new notational system helps redefine the parameters of the creative process.

What are the conditions that define the role of notation in artistic and scientific creativity? What creative potential does notation unlock? Our conference aims to investigate these crucial questions with the help of notational and creative phenomena taken from many artistic, scholarly and scientific contexts. 




Wednesday, 13th July

6:00 pm



Thursday, 14th July

10:00-10:45 am

David Gutkin (New York)

Drastic or Plastic?: Threads from Karlheinz Stockhausen’s “Musik und Graphik,” 1959

10:45-11:30 am

David Magnus (Basel/Berlin)

Kinetic aspects of graphic notation or: how does movement come into a score and how does it come out?

11:45 am -12:30 pm

Antoine Vincent (Compiègne)

Long-term preservation of computer music: the interest of the creative process

12:30-1:15 pm

Nepomuk Nitschke (Berlin )

Composing, transcribing, or inventing? Creative ways of solving problems with musical notation in Africa

2:00-2:45 pm

Ellen Hünigen (Berlin)

Notational Situations and Changes in Twelfth-Century Aquitinian Music Manuscripts

2:45-3:30 pm

Remigius Bunia (Berlin)

Wonders of Mathematical Notation

3:45-4:30 pm

Tom Klimant (Aachen)

Traces of creative writing processes in the production of Heiner Müller’s Hamletmaschine

4:30-5:15 pm

Megan Heffernan (Chicago)

Collecting “Dunne”: The Popular Poetics of Manuscript Authorship

6:00 pm

Keynote: Jay D. Bolter (Atlanta)

Notation and performance in digital media


Friday, 15th July

10:00-10:45 am

Derek Pigrum (Bath)

The ‘Potential Space’ of Creative Notation

10:45-11:30 am

Gábor Mezei (Budapest)

Automatism of Writing – Medial Aspects of a Hypogram’s Translation

11:45 am -12:30 pm

Aleksandra Kremer (Warsaw)

Towards a Cultural Concept of Script: German-Speaking Concrete Poetry as an Exploration of Alphabetic Writing

12:30-1:15 pm

Makiko Mizuno (Tokyo)

Playfulness in Japanese Writing