Jennifer Torrence & Francois Sarhan: No say no way
No Say No Way takes the form of a lecture-recital gone terribly wrong. It is about an attempt to give a presentation by an expert researcher and performer of the triangle.
The performer crumbles under the pressures of performance and becomes crippled by self-doubt. Ultimately, she fails to ever transfer any “real” knowledge to her expectant audience. Instead, the spectator is faced with the realities of failure. No information is transferred and no musical transcendence is achieved. With no logical way to conclude, the lecture-recital starts over from the beginning: the performer ever-hopeful for success and ever-poised to repeat her failures over and over again.
Tragi-comic and Sisyphean, No Say No Way is an expression of access denied. On the other hand, the work questions the nature of knowledge and its transference within the fields of music and performance. With Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the core of the performance, No Say No Way also comments on human nature’s reliance on visions of utopia and transcendence.
In Research Pavilion, Uniarts Helsinki's Sibelius Academy is organising a Nordic research symposium "Encounters, Discussions, Experimentations: Art, Research and Artistic Research in Music” together with its partners, the Arne Nordheim Centre for Artistic Research at the Norwegian Music Academy and the Academy of Music and Drama at the University of Gothenburg. The two-day event focuses on music and the multifaceted interrelationships between music and research, as well as artistic research in music. One of the aims of the event is to generate Nordic collaboration to foster the planning and organising of research symposia/conferences and research projects as well as publications.
The Research Pavilion is created and hosted by Uniarts Helsinki, and realized together with the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme and the Swedish Art Universities’ collaboration Konstex in co-operation with the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and Zurich University of the Arts.