Music Thinks Itself in Me Location: Museo Juan Manuel Blanes, Montevideo Date: 2014 Performance, 30 min.      

Music Thinks Itself in Me

Location: Museo Juan Manuel Blanes, Montevideo

Date: 2014

Performance, 30 min.

 

 

 

Music Thinks Itself in Me is a series of performances by professional musicians who focus on how to perform imagination: musicians play music in their mind by remembering a piece of music. They use their memory of the music to activate the bodily action of playing the musical instrument, and the action retroactively helps stimulate their auditory memory. According to the studies carried out by neuroscientist Robert Zatorre and his colleagues, imaging music can indeed activate the auditory cortex almost as strongly as listening to it. Imagining music stimulates the motor cortex, and conversely, imagining the action of playing music stimulates the auditory cortex. The imagination of playing can be almost as efficacious as playing the actual instrument. The performance lies between absence and presence, and fact and essence. While the material property of a musical instrument is absent, the essence remains in the presence of the performance. The void is not empty, but it is filled out by the viewer’s imagination. The essence of the performance is an event called imagination.