Spot On MozART

What do you see when you’re listening? Spot on MozART is an inter-university, interdisciplinary project devoted to visual research in how we listen, and thus to a (new) understanding of the music of Wolfgang Amadé Mozart in the 21st century.

Governance & teams

Spot On MozART is a project of the Mozart Forum of the University Mozarteum Salzburg, operating autonomously within the field of project design and financing. Governance and team consist of an Advisory Board, a Cluster Board, a Steering Board and the office.

The project

Multidisciplinary is key to this project – the synergy of the arts and approaches to creative design, the effect in the moment and in the place of encounter with an audience – whether on a stage or in the digital space of social media. Students, teachers, and personalities from the world of art, media and culture collaborate to develop “work projects” which always link hearing and seeing, to explore, question and “paint over” the understanding of music. Over the three-year duration of the project, the University Mozarteum (together with the University of Applied Arts and the University of Technology in Vienna, Research Studios Austria and the universities and academies in Salzburg) provides a wide-ranging and divers co-operation network with a variety of know-how. Artistic expertise, scientific research of both the work and its context,knowledge of tradition and quality of interpretation, technical  know-how, as well as experience in production, presentation and participation – all this forms the foundation upon which Spot On MozART embarks on an expedition into a visual exploration of hearing and listening, and thus into a (new) understanding of the music of Wolfgang Amadé Mozart in the 21st century.

As the only university of the arts in Austria that combines music, drama and the visual arts under one roof, the Mozarteum embarks on a journey of ideas and design with this project that is interdisciplinary and thus intra-institutional in nature, thereby also unfolding an extra-institutional effect.

Through the intensive collaboration of several academic institutions with external experts, Spot On MozART stimulates artistic and communicative potential that creatively deal with digitalization and digitality and the social transformation entailed. Through the co-operation between universities (of the arts), technology and creative industries, the project explores new fields of activity – thus opening up the unique opportunity for students of working in the professional field  of culture and the arts both individually and in teams, while simultaneously researching and experimenting – all as part of their studies.

Five fields of activity

Essential for all “work projects” are the inherent five field of activity ensuring inter- and transdisciplinarity, as well as the necessity of the convergence of protagonists with diverse fields of experience and know-how: eye and ear, music and visualisation operate in conjunction; production and presentation (Spot On) must be equally considered and scrutinised, art and research develop a dynamic that is also intended to unfold a creative potential in the direction of innovation. Using digitalisation/digitality and transformation, this enables an interactive experience in a 360° format. The impetus for a “work project” may come from any of the fields, but then it is a question of finding the participants for the other fields. The office or the members of the various Boards can help with this. For each field of activity, there is a network or a team of experts; each field demands penetration and positioning, which will be documented in portfolios and updated throughout the duration of the project.

OPUS

Mozart's compositional output comprises more than 600 works of all musical styles and genres of his time, which today are usually counted according to their sorting in the Köchelverzeichnis (KV) following the chronological order of their creation. Carefully selected, a single work by Mozart forms the starting point of each Spot On MozART project, from which the realisations of the other four fields of activity are developed.

MUSIC

Musicology and music theory, music education and musical interpretation (including historical performance practice) are all well represented at the University Mozarteum. Thanks to close collaboration with the Mozarteum Foundation and the Karajan Institute, the location offers a unique basis for in-depth study of selected Mozart works. New interpretations can be recorded professionally at the University`s studio, which provides perfect conditions for music productions.

RESEARCH

From an artistic, aesthetic point of view, what happens during a visualisation process? Can visualisation generate an expanded understanding of a work? Who perceives the visualisation, and what significance can Mozart's œuvre assume in the digital age? The Research department explores a wide variety of questions relevant for artistic and academic research, musicology and music education, psychology and sociology – all relevant to the artistic work itself.

VISUALISATION

(Film) production, media art and other means of digital visualisation constitute the wide range of artistic and conceptual options for developing a visual answer to musical reality. Distinguished, experienced artists, directors and filmmakers play an active part in the Spot On MozART network and its interdisciplinary visualisation concepts.

SPOT ON

Analogue and digital media, festivals, conferences, shows, etc. – the "Spot On" moment refers to the presentation and (discursive) positioning of the project in public (spaces). What happens when work and audience coincide for the first time? An experimental field, a challenge and a research moment. Spot On itself can be part of the artistic project.