600 Notes 
- Duration: 50 min
- Year: 2017
- Premiered: documenta 14, Parliament of Bodies | July 28, 2017, Kassel
Between 1958 and 1965, the Dutch artist and composer Sedje Hémon kept a chronologically ordered (but not dated) record of 600 numbered notes tracing the development of her method of integrating visual art and music such that music could be “extracted” from visual artwork. Keeping these notes in such a methodical, controlled manner was a way of reclaiming agency within her artistic process and life.
600 Notes is a collection of 600 performed “notes”—actual written notes, musical notes, audio notes, and other plays on the meaning of the word made by artist Marianna Maruyama and composer Andrius Arutiunian. Between the two of them and the people (audience) present, artist duo performs their notes in a multimedia performance with live and recorded sound, gesture, image, and voice.
These notes fascinate the Maruyama and Arutiunian because of their idiosyncratic methodology—they are a mélange of Hémon’s carefully observed plans and discoveries together with personal encounters of whom she met, artistic influences, and private reflections. Taking her notes as a form, this performance is a way of making new work from artists’ own artistic perspectives while re-contextualizing her work for audiences today.
Produced together with Marianna Maruyama and performed at documenta 14, Kassel and Galerie Nouvelles Images, The Hague, July 2017.
The performance was partly made possible through support from the Mondriaan Fund and Stroom Den Haag.