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Cooking History, Consuming Art

  • Senate House Malet Street London, England, WC1E United Kingdom (map)

A Royal Musical Association Study Day
‘Cooking History-Consuming Art’: An encounter in-between History, Musicology, and Performance Practice.

“[….] But this transformation of the everyday labour, which turns everyday objects into meta-art, is a secret. The ‘enchanted’ arrive to this truth without the knowledge of the ‘know-how’. The rest are struggling in the shallow ideological and technocratic trends of their time, which constitute the perishable ‘habitat’, the trending terminology.”

Iannis Xenakis Texts on Music and Architecture.


Terminologies, approaches, and what Xenakis referred to as ‘trends’ overlap between the sciences and the arts. In the cases of History and Music, what makes the overlap of greater significance is the vacant space between the ‘know-how’ of the practitioners, the technocratic terms of the musicologists, and the ideological trends of the historians. The separate disciplines of Cultural History, (Historical or not) Musicology, and performance practice, have achieved each in its own ‘habitat’ to create interpretations of the experience of music and culture and to highlight their contribution to the historical evolution of society. Nevertheless, and despite common terminology among the disciplines, the network of communication and exchange of information between the arts and the social sciences remain closed.

‘Cooking History- Consuming Art’ is aspiring to become a platform for the exchange of ideas on methodological approaches between historians, musicologists, intellectual theorists, and practitioners, to discuss, disagree and experiment on the limitations of our separate disciplines, and their impact on creative practice. In a workshop- symposium that will culminate in a collective performance between academics and practitioners, presentations on different aspects of the arts and their cultural dimensions will be grouped into session and discussed in regards to their content and approach. Interdisciplinarity in methodology will be compared to interdisciplinarity in content, and different approaches to research between the different disciplines will be examined in regards to their outcomes in different methodologies.