Aberdabei — Unfinished Symphonies
May 25 – June 23, 2013

Opening Saturday May 25, 2013 – 4.30 pm
FAI – Villa e Collezione Panza, Varese

The third appointment of AN EDUCATION – the series of exhibitions of artists’ videos and workshops curated by Maria Rosa Sossai (ALAgroup) – opens on May 25th 2013 at Villa e Collezione Panza, Varese. Unfinished Symphonies, the video by the Danish artists and film-makers Mia Fryland and Flemming Lyngse (Aberdabei), will be shown in the project room of the Villa until June 23rd.

The morning of the opening the artists will conduct a workshop with students from a local high school specialising in music, while at 4.30 pm they will meet the public during a conversation with the artistic director of Villa e Collezione Panza Anna Bernardini and the curator Maria Rosa Sossai. Afterwards the video will be screened in the chapel on the first floor of the villa, specially set up as a project room.

For a number of years Mia Fryland and Flemming Lyngse (Aberdabei) have been conducting workshops all over the world with different groups of students, emphasizing personal language and the importance of the many different ways of expression at our disposal.
Unfinished Symphonies is a research project and work in progress on the experiences of music playing children in a primary and secondary school who benefit from a model of musical education that enthuses young people without creating competitiveness, focusing instead on the pleasure and the joy of playing.

The video material was recorded over a period of a year during the music lessons at the Vidar School, Denmark. Flemming Lyngse and Mia Fryland followed and filmed the weekly lessons of three hundred and fifty school children taught by professional musicians or teachers who were trained in music conservatories. A unique film was subsequently created from a pool of hundreds of scenes, evoking the spirit of the teaching within the film itself.

Unfinished Symphonies is a film that continues to be unfinished – but in its unfinished state is nonetheless a totally complete work.

AN EDUCATION is an initiative of FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano and is curated by ALAgroup.