‘Cu­rat­ing Mu­sic’ pieces head­ing to France

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Mel Cooke Gleaner Writer

ON DE­CEM­BER 6, the ex­hi­bi­tion, Cu­rat­ing Mu­sic: Build­ing a Na­tional Col­lec­tion, will come to an end at the In­sti­tute of Ja­maica, East Street, Kingston. While the ex­hi­bi­tion will not be trans­ported as a whole, some of the ex­hibits – pri­mar­ily mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, are now on dis­play – some of it will be within sight of per­sons in France.

They will be part of the Ja­maica, Ja­maica ex­hi­bi­tion at the Paris Phil­har­monic, open­ing in Au­gust 2017 and sched­uled to run for five months. The ex­hi­bi­tion is be­ing cu­rated by jour­nal­ist and doc­u­men­tary film di­rec­tor Se­bastien Carayol, who in­tro­duced the project to Ja­maica at a Global Reg­gae Talk held at the Univer­sity of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Cam­pus, in April.

While there are no im­me­di­ate plans for Ja­maica, Ja­maica to travel form its French base, Miller is con­fi­dent that once it is up, mu­se­ums in other places will be in­ter­ested in hous­ing it. He reeled off a num­ber of cities where Ja­maican pop­u­lar mu­sic has found fer­tile ground, among them Tokyo, Ja­pan; Lon­don, Eng­land; and Los Angeles and New York in the USA.

Carayol said in April that in putting the ex­hi­bi­tion to­gether “the dif­fi­culty is to con­vince peo­ple. These arte­facts are re­ally close to the peo­ple who have them. They are loan­ing it to you for five months. The con­vinc­ing part is very im­por­tant ... I am try­ing to find in­stru­ments and art ex­hi­bi­tions, not just pic­tures and videos.”

Among what he had been able to get for the ex­hi­bi­tion up to that point was Oswald ‘King Tubby’ Rud­dock’s orig­i­nal mix­ing desk.

There has been a will­ing­ness in Ja­maica to par­tic­i­pate, as the Na­tional Gallery and Lib­erty Hall are also par­tic­i­pat­ing in Ja­maica, Ja­maica. Miller is look­ing for as­sis­tance with items in the Ja­maica Mu­sic Mu­seum’s col­lec­tion to re­sult from the col­lab­o­ra­tion.

“The French can help in restor­ing arte­facts which are on loan there. If I could get in­stru­ments, re­stored by mas­ter re­stor­ers that would be good,” Miller said.

Carayol had said: “The ex­hi­bi­tion I am try­ing to do could eas­ily be 10 dif­fer­ent ex­hi­bi­tions ... . The chal­lenge is to be com­pre­hen­sive in a lim­ited space. You know, you have to leave some­thing out.” Mu­sic is the thread through it all, and Carayol noted how it is an en­try point into Ja­maica’s cul­ture as “you start buy­ing records and you ask who is Mar­cus Gar­vey. You read on the life of Gar­vey.”

Per­for­mance is also a part of the ex­hi­bi­tion. Carayol said he could see some­one like Monty Alexan­der be­ing in­vited to a space which has a con­cert hall. There is also the idea of us­ing so­lar and bi­cy­cle-pow­ered sound sys­tems, as peo­ple come out with their chil­dren and as they ride, “you are pow­er­ing a sound sys­tem.”


A pic­ture of Au­gus­tus Pablo, along with his in­stru­ment, at the In­sti­tute of Ja­maica in the Cu­rat­ing Mu­sic: Build­ing a Na­tional Col­lec­tion ex­hi­bi­tion. RESTOR­ING ARTE­FACTS Ever­ald Brown’s in­stru­ments on dis­play.

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