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A Score for Fed Square

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Wednesday 26 October 2022
7:40pm - 8:10pm


Main Square


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Join us on our 20th birthday for the world-premiere of Mia Salsjö’s new orchestral work, A Score for Fed Square – commissioned by Fed Square and the NGV to celebrate our award-winning architecture.

Mia Salsjö’s new orchestral work has been composed in creative response to Fed Square’s distinctive, heritage-listed architecture.

Drawing from detailed architectural plans, architects’ annotations and build material selections, Salsjö has translated and interpreted these hand-drawn and machine-made lines, transforming them into a code.

The musical composition has emerged in the spaces between Fed Square’s architectural plans, the site and the Salsjö’s artistic method of interpretation.

This work has been commissioned by Fed Square and the National Gallery of Victoria, composed by Mia Salsjö, and will be performed by musicians from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

A Score for Fed Square will be performed as part of Melbourne NOW in 2023 and will become part of the NGV’s permanent collection.

Join us on the occasion of our 20th Anniversary celebration, to hear the work for the first time.

About the artist

Mia Salsjö is an Australian artist and composer of Albanian-Swedish descent.

Salsjö orchestrates multi-disciplinary art projects, encompassing drawing, music composition, text, performance, video, and textile-based works. Her practice is grounded in complex code-based systems.

The systems are devised by Salsjö as a means of linking diverse media to an underlying linguistic system.

It is through this process that Salsjö reflects on the elusive nature of communication – its potentialities, triumphs, failures, past, present and future.

Salsjö’s work has been performed and presented in many exhibitions, most recently The Quietude, developed in 2020 in response to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Modes of Translation at the 13th Biennale de la Habana, Cuba 2019 and The Score at Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne in 2017.

She currently holds a Gertrude Contemporary studio in Melbourne, Australia.