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Julian Hou
Artist

Vancouver
October 26, 2016

Julian Hou in one of three artists in Big Toe, Giant Steps at 221A. He has recently participated in local solo and group exhibitions at CSA Space, the Audain Gallery, Simon Fraser University, and The Apartment, as well as Occidental Temporary in Paris and L’escalier in Montreal. He was a 2014 curatorial resident at 221A and has co-curated projects at Model Projects with Tiziana La Melia. He has a background in architecture and music, and is part of The Stick, an ongoing collaborative art music project with writer Michael Loncaric.

1. Oral traditions in music

Sean-Nos is an Irish improvisational singing tradition that is learned orally. It is usually performed by a single unaccompanied singer. Sean O’Riada, composer and musicologist, related it more to Eastern musical traditions like Gagaku in Japan, in how it’s transmitted orally but also how it provides a clear alternative lineage to the European Classical tradition. Listen to Rita and Sarah Keane here.

2. When ornament quotes itself

Nineties furniture had flare. There was just so much freedom that designers couldn't help but stylize the excess. An extreme example I came across recently is Jay Stranger’s furniture (check out the Sculptural Environments).

3. Sanpo Disco's mix by Jaz

Listen.

4. Walter Ong's Orality and Literacy

Writing transformed consciousness. We weren’t able to think abstractly before writing because we couldn’t put our thoughts to rest. They were always actively involved and dynamic. Writing didn’t just kill memory. It detached the speaker from the words.

5. Strawberry

The art music being made by Dennis Ha and Barry Doupe reminds me of the kind of moment that never happened but should have, and that is happening now but you can't believe it.

 

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