Panel Discussion: Music as Image and Metaphor

March 11, 2023
Lauren Frink, David Houston, Michael Kowalski, Florence Neal, Allen Otte
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Saturday, March 11 – 4pm
Panel discussion with live musical illustrations

Not just a pretty picture and not just a pretty tune –  

The image confronts music confronts the image

Panelists: David Houston, Florence Neal, Michael J. Kowalski, Allen Otte, Lauren Frink

The panel will focus on the show's theme, the selection of its visual contents and the challenge of creating 40 one-minute compositions as specific musical responses to each work in the exhibition. In addition, the results of a cognitive study of responses to the show conducted by the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, Germany, will be presented.

Panelists will include co-curators David Houston and Florence Neal, musicians Michael Kowalski and Allen Otte, and special guest Lauren Fink (McMaster University Institute for Music and the Mind & The Max Planck - NYU Center for Language, Music and Emotion).

David W. Houston is currently the Director of the Ohr O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Artist and Curator Florence Neal is Co-Founder (1990) and Director of Kentler International Drawing Space in Brooklyn, New York.

Composer-pianist Michael Kowalski and percussionist-composer Allen Otte have been collaborating on musical projects since the early 1970s.  In addition to his work as a soloist, teacher, and composer, Otte is a founding member of two of the most important multiple percussion groups in the United States, the Blackearth Percussion Group and The Percussion Group/Cincinnati.  Kowalski was a pioneer in computer-assisted sound synthesis and algorithmic composition in the 1970s.  After years of composing primarily for percussion, dance, and electronics, he turned to theatre and chamber opera in the 1990s. Kowalski’s “Gringo Blaster,” commissioned and premiered by Otte and the Percussion Group/Cincinnati, is available on an Einstein Records CD of the same name.

Lauren Fink is an assistant professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. As part of the Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour Dept. and the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind, she runs her own lab focused on researching the cognitive neuroscience of music. Previously, she was a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, Germany, and the Max Planck-NYU Center for Language, Music, and Emotion. She holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of California, Davis, an M.Phil in Music Studies from the University of Cambridge, and a B.M in percussion performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Allen Otte.