The Score is the Only Reference
Philosophy Event

30.12.2023, 17:00 – 20:00

The Score is the Only Reference The Score is the Only Reference
Pages 104 and 105 from The Anarchy of Silence. John Cage and Experimental Art, various authors, MACBA, 2009.

On 30 December, Rib will host, together with the Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW), a philosophy event called The Score is the Only Reference. The intention is to explore the possibility of discussing philosophical musings in an encounter, without reference to tradition or appeal to entrenched intuitions. Come prepared to leave your books and articles at the door: there will be no name-dropping, no footnoting, no special featuring nor assumptions about shared knowledge. It might be doomed to fail, but we will have fun.

In order to try to speak otherwise about philosophy, we will set up a variety of methodological constraints. The starting point will be the idea of the score—as explored, for instance, by the art movement Fluxus. The opening line of the score is “no referencing”: we will start a discussion by thinking about what this means, and whether this is possible or simply ridiculous. The rest of the score will follow, as we will decide upon it together, based on our discussions, utilizing examples that will be presented on the day of the event. The score will thus guide us: we will start from uncommon knowledge, and then proceed step by step, gesture to gesture, to a collective experience of thought.

To make the evening hospitable, we will provide you with dinner and drinks.

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