Kokon (Denmark)


Maps was overwhelming for the sheer scale of the concepts behind the project, its investigation of analogies between aspects of cartography and music. I intuited that my experience exceeded my perception and my understanding, and this was intensely exciting…it triggered interesting areas of my consciousness, while also triggering a great deal of reflection later’ — Matthias Schack-Arnott, Sonorities of Site 

Performed in the sombre edifice of Copenhagen University’s Institute of Musicology, originally a Freemasons’ temple, Maps was a site-specific performance created with reference to architectural maps, settings and details, and stories of place. An auditory journey through a musical and poetical landscape, and a major collaboration between APHIDS and Kokon in Copenhagen, Maps involved contemporary music, visual design, film projection and text, with artists and musicians from Denmark, Australia and Japan.

The ideas for which Maps is the forum have their realisation in various forms: in performative site-specific applications to certain buildings and in sound documentation including a number of publications.


Composers — David Young & Juliana Hodkinson
Scenographer — Louise Beck
Text — written & recited by Cynthia Troup
Film — Louise Curham
Musicians — Natasha Anderson (recorders), Katrine Gislinge (pianoforte), Yasutaka Hemmi (violin), Henrik Larsen (percussion), Caerwen Martin (violoncello) and for the Melbourne performances, Vanessa Tomlinson (Percussion) and Helle Thun.

Denmark tour supported by Kokon, Danmarks Radio, Musikvidenskabeligt Institut ved Københavns Universitet, Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatoriums tonemesterafdeling, Kulturministeriets Udviklingsfond, Kodas Båndmidler, Københavns Kommunes Kulturfond, Dansk Komponistforening, Statens Kunstfond, Statens Musikråd, Den Australske Ambassade i København, Kortoggodt, Statens Teaterråd, Det Danske Kulturinstituts Rådighedspulje & Kulturudvekslingspulje. Supported in Australia by Australia Council for the Arts, The City of Melbourne, Arts Victoria, Myer Foundation, Australian Embassy in Copenhagen. MAPS was supported by the Commonwealth Government by the Australia Council for the Arts its arts funding and advisory body.

Musikvidenskabeligt Institut
Copenhagen, Denmark
23–26 October

APHIDS acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Boon wurrung peoples on whose lands we live and work. Sovereignty was never ceded and we pay our respect to past, present, and future Aboriginal elders and community, and to their long and rich history of artmaking on this Country.