Between 1958 and 1965, the Dutch artist and composer Sedje Hémon kept a chronologically ordered journal of 600 numbered notes tracing the development of her unique method of “extracting” music from visual artwork. In a collaborative work, sound artist Andrius Arutiunian and I took Hémon’s notes as a point of departure to generate our own 600 “notes”— written and spoken notes, musical notes, and recorded notes. The performance is centered around state mechanisms of control such as the body search (frisk), police brutality, and verbal and physical intimidation. 600 Notes is dedicated to Sedje Hémon (1923–2011).
Performed at Galerie Nouvelles Images, The Hague, and documenta 14, Kassel, July 2017. Watch the full video documentation from Documenta 14. Download the PDF Leaflet about this performance. Listen to an excerpt.