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ARA Podcast - Beyond the Ready Made

Arts Research Africa Dialogues

09/16/18 • 35 min

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This is a podcast of the 5th dialogue in the Arts Research Africa, Creative Work Supervision series in The Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Entitled “Can we go beyond the Readymade? - the creation of new artistic works and the art of collaboration (within an academic environment)”, this was a dialogue between ARA Artist in Residence, Dr Kathleen Tagg, and Dr Cameron Harris from the Wits Music Department, held on Wed 12 September 2018.
In this podcast Kathleen Tagg and Cameron Harris reflect on the lessons learn from her creative collaboration with a group of 4th year Music Composition students from Wits Music Department which was inspired by the visual art exhibition at the Wits Art Museum, Beyond the Readymade, curated by Dr Alison Kearney.
Dr Kathleen Tagg, currently an Arts Research Africa Artist in Residence in the Wits School of Arts, is a 2014-15 Composition Fellow of the Dramatist Guild of America, and is a pianist, composer, producer and music director based in New York City. Over the past decade she has been prolific as a songwriter, but has also written for combinations as diverse as symphony orchestra, choir, string quartet, piano with electronics and six-piece band.
Kathleen holds the Helen Cohn Award as outstanding Doctoral graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where she taught for four years, as well as well as degrees from Mannes College and the University of Cape Town. She is currently on the faculty of SongFest in Los Angeles.
Dr Cameron Harris is Senior Lecturer in the Music Department in the Wits School of Arts, were he teaches music theory and electroacoustic composition. He was the chair of NewMusicSA, the South African section of the International Society for Contemporary Music from 2008 until 2012 and has curated a number of festivals for the organization including New Music Indaba festival, and the Unyazi electronic music festival. He is currently on the board of the ‘Bowed Electrons’ music
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