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Music as a living landscape: workshop by Keira Greene with Paul Abbott

Music as a living landscape
Part one: "skotamo"

Workshop led by artist-filmmaker Keira Greene in collaboration with musician and researcher Paul Abbott

Wednesday 8 March 2023, 10:00-17:00
at "Studio 3" (old radio studio), Conservatoire

In this workshop we will explore how imaginary music can grow us together in new, strange, organic ways.
We think that imagining music can be a special condition which allows us to be together—learning, playing, sharing, caring—simultaneously, in very different, unique and unknown new ways.
This will be a playful and experimental practical workshop which will involve group and individual body movement exercises and listening practices. We will explore non-verbal processes, music beyond sound, practices of attention, improvisation.

This will be the first of a two part workshop series, the second, related workshop "da", will happen later in the year. Those attending this first workshop are encouraged to attend both, and will have priority to reserve a place for the second part.

This workshop is organised by musician and researcher Paul Abbott, as part of his research project 'WE GROW MUSIC! Ecologies of attention, discrepancy and multiplicity—real and imaginary—in embodied music performance' at the Academy and the Conservatoire.

For whom?
Anyone interested in what we will explore: students and non-students. This workshop is intended to be as open as possible: no musical or artistic training, performance experience or language is necessary. If you have any of these, you are also welcome.
Note: this is not focused on instrumental music making - you do not need to bring any musical instrument or sound source. 

How to participate?
For maximum 12 people.
Reserve your place at

Keira Greene is an artist working across film, photography, performance and text. Her work is preoccupied with the social and organic life and landscape of specific environments. Her work is produced through a collaborative and conversational practice of looking, writing and forming enduring relationships. Recent works are concerned with ideas of the body and the experience of emotion, in dialogue with an embodied filmmaking practice. Moving image works by Greene are distributed by LUX.
Recent exhibitions include La Chapelle de l'Oratoire - Musée d'arts de Nantes, Nantes (2023), Arcade, Brussels (2022), Kelder, London (2022), Arko Art Center, Seoul (2022), Arcade, Brussels (2021), Sofia Art Projects, Sofia (2021), Café Oto, London, (2020), Stanley Picker Gallery, London (2019), LUX, London (2019), Cubitt, London (2018), Jerwood Space, London, (2018). Her films have been screened internationally in film festivals, museums, galleries and artist-run spaces. She often collaborates with/performs with, dance artists and musicians. She is co-editor of the journal Metaphor as Metamorphosis. She is the performance curator for Whitstable Biennale and was a founding trustee of the Stuart Croft Foundation.

Paul Abbott is a musician and drummer. He plays with real and imaginary drums, synthetic sounds, performance and writing.
Recent and ongoing collaborations include: XT with Seymour Wright; XT+Anne Gillis; F.R.David, very good* with Will Holder; film sound for Keira Greene; Rian Treanor Duo; RP Boo Trio with XT; The Creaking Breeze Ensemble with Nathaniel Mackey, Ute Kanngießer, Evie Ward, Seymour Wright and Billy Steiger; yPLO with Micheal Speers and performances with Cara Tolmie.
Paul has performed at venues and festivals internationally. These include Cafe OTO, Counterflows, Next Festival, Serralves, Tate Modern, KW Institute, The Empty Gallery, Atelier Claus, Argos, Whitstable Biennale, Whitechapel Gallery, Raven Row. He was a co-founder and contributing editor of Cesura/Acceso journal for music, politics and poetics. In 2022 he completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Florian Hecker and Nikki Moran. He is currently working on the research project at Royal Conservatoire/Academy Fine Arts Antwerp.