Situational Music Concert

Presented by Artist-in-Residence Zarouhie Abdalian and Joseph Rosenzweig


Sunday, November 8, 2015 • 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Exploratorium, Pier 15, Kanbar Forum
Included with museum admission.


Current Exploratorium Artist-in-Residence Zarouhie Abdalian shares what informed her development of Functions, a suite of prose scores that explore the social dimensions of the Exploratorium as a public environment. In this concert performance, organized in collaboration with Joseph Rosenzweig, Abdalian will work with a group of performers to present a selection of seven historical prose scores—including works by Pauline Oliveros and Christian Wolff.

Situational Music performers include Alexandra Buschman, Kyle Bruckmann, Yesenia Checa, Alex Christie, Tim DeCillis, Nava Dunkelman, Giselle Eastman, Valentine O'Leary, Ryan Page, Danishta Rivero, Joseph Rosenzweig, Shanna Sordahl, Christina Stanley, Daniel Steffey, Nick Wang, and William Winant.

Born in New Orleans and based in Oakland, Zarouhie Abdalian creates artworks that respond to the specific attributes of a particular location or social landscape. Her subtle interventions, almost bordering on the invisible, produce shifts in how we perceive and experience everyday environments.

Abdalian’s work has been exhibited locally by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Berkeley Art Museum, and the CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art. Internationally, her work has been shown at the Berlin Biennale, Shanghai Biennial, Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, South African National Gallery, and the Istanbul Biennial.