Past Public Program

Play it Yourself (P.I.Y.): The Score

Artis Presents

November 15, 2020, 1:30pm


Play it Yourself (P.I.Y.): The Score

Participatory sound workshop and talk with artist, composer and performer Maya Dunietz in conversation with Rachel Adams, Chief Curator and Director of Programs at Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts.

Online video call, details provided with RSVP
Sunday, November 15, 1:30pm EST


Artis and the Bemis Center present Play it Yourself (P.I.Y.): The Score, a participatory sound workshop and talk with artist, composer and performer Maya Dunietz in conversation with Rachel Adams, Chief Curator and Director of Programs at Bemis Center and Artis Curatorial Seminar alum. Through discussion and performance, Maya Dunietz will share her creative influences and how they manifest in her varied practice that spans music, visual arts, performance, technological research, philosophy, and sound. Rachel Adams, who is curating the artist’s first institutional solo exhibition in the U.S., will moderate the conversation. A playful and interactive workshop will follow, where Maya will guide participants in an experimental sound exercise using everyday household objects as instruments.

In 1965, composer Jani Christou, and one of Maya’s artistic influences, coined the term metapraxis as a framework for music making: “metapraxis is concerned with breaking through the barrier of meaning of a single medium, whatever that medium may be. Whenever that happens, that is music. That can be in any medium, providing metapraxis can occur. Music can be silent.” (Jani Christou, Thoughts, December 13, 1969) Inspired by Christou’s notion of metapraxis, Maya’s workshop invites participants to reassess the use, function, and meaning of objects as instruments for exploratory sound. Leading up to the workshop, participants will receive a creative prompt to play a musical score, and will be invited to perform their compositions during the workshop. The score (pictured above), annotated with symbols that are accessible and open to interpretation, is a framework for intuitive music making, and a way to experience new sonic possibilities and perspectives. 

Maya’s first institutional solo exhibition in the U.S. opens in July 2021 at the Bemis Center in Omaha, NE. Titled Maya Dunietz: Whales, Walls and Waves, the exhibition is curated by Rachel Adams and supported by an Artis Exhibition Grant.



Maya Dunietz is a composer, performer and sound artist. She investigates the interconnections between music, visual art, performance, technological research, and philosophy. Her works are commissioned by renowned performers and ensembles and she has created site-specific sound installation and performance works for institutions such as Palais de Tokyo Paris, Arnolfini Gallery Bristol, Reykjavik Arts festival, and many more. Her sound piece Thicket is part of Centre Pompidou’s collection. Dunietz also performs regularly around the world on piano, performing the music of Emahoy Tsegué and other composers, as well as free improvisation concerts and collaborations. In 2015, Dunietz was a guest professor at California Institute of the Arts: CalArts in Los Angeles as part of the Schusterman Family Foundation artists-in-residence program, and in 2017, she was a guest artist at the Cité Internationale des Arts. In 2018, Dunietz had two solo exhibitions at Centre Pompidou, Paris and at Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Marseille. In 2019-2020, Dunietz took part in the group exhibition, Confined with Time, in Jaffa, and created a new site specific installation, commissioned by the Botanical Gardens in Jerusalem for the exhibition Back to Nature, curated by Hadas Maor. Dunietz is currently working on a new large-scale solo exhibition at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE, opening in July 2021 and curated by Rachel Adams.

Rachel Adams is the Chief Curator and Director of Programs at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. Past curatorial appointments include Senior Curator at UB Art Galleries, Curator-in-Residence at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center and Associate Curator at Arthouse at the Jones Center (now The Contemporary Austin). Adams holds an MA in Exhibition and Museum Studies from SFAI and a BFA from SAIC. Exhibitions include Claudia Wieser: GenerationsAlison O’Daniel: Heavy Air, Jillian Mayer: TIMESHARE, The Language of Objects, Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys 1967-2017 and Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective (co-curated). Forthcoming projects include exhibitions with Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Joey Fauerso, Maya Dunietz and All Together, Amongst Many: Reflections on Empathy, which offers reflection and insight as the nation embarks on the next presidential term in the United States.

She has worked with artists including Amie Siegel, Ragnar Kjartansson, Lydia Okumura, Lui Shtini, Kambui Olujimi, Brendan Fernandes, Seher Shah, John Grade, Claire Ashley and Alyssa Pheobus Mumtaz. Her writing has been included in exhibition catalogs: Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective, Out of Easy Reach, Prospect.3 New Orleans, and Texas Prize 2012, as well as Afterimage,, Art Papers, Art Practical, Modern Painters, and Texas Architect. She is an alumnus of the 2016 ICI Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans and the 2016 Artis Curatorial Seminar in Israel. She has lectured at MOCAD, The Rose Art Museum, Hallwalls Center for Contemporary Art, PNCA, University of Nebraska Omaha, Texas State University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Bemis Center facilitates the creation, presentation, and understanding of contemporary art through an international residency program, exhibitions, and educational programs. As an artist-centric nonprofit, we honor and respect the critical role artists play in our society. We value creativity, trust, courage, diversity, tolerance, and the open exchange of ideas and world views. Through our international artist residency, exhibitions and public programs, our vision is to inspire an open and diverse dialogue on the critical issues that give shape and meaning to the human condition.

Artis is an independent nonprofit organization that supports contemporary artists from Israel whose work addresses aesthetic, social and political questions to inspire reflection and debate. Artis’ programs facilitate opportunities for curators and arts professionals to connect with artists from Israel; foster artist engagement with the art world outside of Israel; and contextualize art from Israel within international contemporary art discourse.