Alvin Curran is a mythical figure of the musical avant-garde: as an American exiled in Rome in the 1960s and the co-founder of the improvisation group Musica Elettronica Viva, he applied himself to dissolving the author figure into the group, producing revolutionary sound works that combined composition and improvisation, and broadened the notion of an instrument to include objects from nature and from everyday life, opening a range of new musical possibilities. As a resident of the Villa Medici in Rome, Éric Baudelaire was introduced to the works of Alvin Curran by music historian Maxime Guitton who was pursuing extensive research in Curran’s archive. Over the course of a year, Maxime Guitton and Éric Baudelaire roamed the Roman landscapes that inspired Curran’s work, recorded marathon conversations with the musician, and traced back the history of a music revolution in light of the political movements that were shaking up Italy during those years of political turmoil.The documentary installation When There is no More Music to Write brings together new archives from the composer, Super 8 images, sound and music extracts, as well as a sculpture made of found instruments, a piece conceived with Maxime Guitton and inspired by Alvin Curran • Marie Cozette, curator


When There is no More Music to Write 2020
Installation in collaboration with Alvin Curran and Maxime Guitton, inaugurated in Faire avec at the CRAC Occitanie. To be reactivated in Spike Island in April 2022



“MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
created from
JUNK, FOUND OBJECTS, INVENTED, IMAGINARY
for Maxime“, a text by Alvin Curran︎︎︎


Found instruments collected according to the principles descibed in the text, a Super 8mm film displayed on a monitor,


Era Ora, a sound piece by Alvin Curran for self-playing piano,


A 75 minutes film and two vitrines of archival documents,






Dando i numeri, going nuts, a performance by Alvin Curran with 29 students from École(s) du Sud.