In & Around C is a participatory music and art installation conceived and created by Mad Mohre and presented by the Nouveau Classical Project. Guests walk onto an enlarged music staff as musicians read and interpret the “notes” on the staff. These “notes” consist of the heads of the guests, which are captured via a webcam and transmitted to a wall-mounted screen. Like a game of shadow tag, participants and musicians have a nuanced, symbiotic, interactive relationship that completes the piece. The goal of In & Around C is to create a deeper level of engagement between art and the public through physical and aural immersion. Composers Jeremiah Bornfield, Patrick Grant, Trevor Gureckis, Michael Harrison, Eric Lemmon, and Alex Weston have created frameworks with varying styles to guide musicians in interpreting the still images of people on the staff.
The first performance run of In & Around C took place on August 17-30, 2012 at Gallery One Twenty Eight in New York City.