Large Objects Moving Air 2018

8 January 2018


CRiSAP - Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice

London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, Elephant & Castle, London, SE1 6SB

BOOK TICKETS: £10 standard ticket, £5 unwaged / Low waged / Students, Free for TECHNE members. 


Keynote & Performances

J.R. Carpenter – Artist, writer and researcher

Laura Cannell - Musician, Specially Commissioned Bass Recorder Performance for LOMA

Chris Watson - BAFTA award winning sound recordist 
More speakers and the announcement of our commissioned artist for the conference will be coming very soon.


Large Objects Moving Air 2018 is a one day conference exploring the presence, agency and materiality of air from the microscale to macroscale, through both literal and figurative interpretations. We are looking for papers exploring the materialities of air, vibration, politics and power from researchers, writers and artists within the sciences, humanities, arts and other creative disciplines.

What comes to mind when one thinks about air? Air is everywhere and nowhere. It is a carrier of frequencies, energies, vibrations, toxins, pollutants and blast waves. It supports life and is a site of communication. It is clouds and The Cloud. Who owns it? Can it be owned? Who or what are the agents in the transmission and circulation of air? How does it circulate and what circulates within it?

With the futures of people, animals, plants and microbial ecologies constantly up in the air, LOMA 2018 offers an opportunity for reflection about that which is all around us, its vitality but also its precarity and potential as carrier of threat and harm.

LOMA 2018 will include presentations and artworks in different formats and deploying various strategies to animate the air in and around the conference setting of the London College of Communication in Elephant and Castle, South London. Through these multiple representations we hope to foster the recalibration of our position within the local and planetary scale ecologies, of vectors of mass transit, and flux in the sky, on the surface and beyond.

The theme of the conference relates to works that reflect (but are not limited to) the following areas around the literal / metaphorical / abstracted examples of the movement of large bodies on a range of scales:

  • Meteorology
  • Acoustic ecology
  • Nuclear culture and the military industrial complex
  • Protest movements, propaganda and the voice
  • Media Infrastructures
  • Technocapitalism
  • Bass and soundsystem culture
  • Unsound / Infrasonics / Ultrasonics / EEG
  • Atmospherics

Key Dates

28 July 2017 - Call for Papers and Call for Works sent out

15 September 2017 - Deadline for Abstracts and Proposals

1 October 2017 - Notifications for accepted papers and works

1 October 2017 - Registration Opens

5 January 2018 - Installation of Works

8 January 2018 - LOMA 2018

9-12 January 2018 – De-install of works (TBC)


Standard Fee - £10

Unwaged / Low waged / Students - £5

TECHNE Member - Free

Registration can be made through the UAL E-Store: Book Tickets

All fees go towards refreshments, lunch, and the publication of conference proceedings. 


For all enquiries please contact the organising team at

LOMA Organising Committee

Jennifer Lucy Allan (CRiSAP, University of the Arts London)

Jennifer Lucy Allan is a writer and researcher currently working on a PhD at CRiSAP on the social and cultural history of the foghorn. She is also a music writer, specialising in experimental and underground music. She contributes regularly to The Guardian and The Wire, and is co-founder of record label Arc Light Editions. She teaches writing in London, and lives and works in Southend-On-Sea.   


Matt Parker (CRiSAP, University of the Arts London)

Matt Parker is an artist influenced by the sonosphere, unsound, ecology, the economy of noise, infrastructure studies and the internet. He is the co-director of media infrastructural investigative collective The People's Cloud.


Megan Archer (University of Brighton)

Megan is a PhD researcher in and organising member of the Critical Studies Research Group at the University of Brighton. Her PhD project attempts to write a critical history of modern logistics, touching on themes such as cybernetics, computing, extraction, and imperialism. Megan is also a co-editor of the CSRG journal, Critical Studies.


Benjamin Bland (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Benjamin Bland is a historian, whose research interests are centred around cultural and political extremism in Europe since 1945. He is currently completing a PhD on fascism and underground culture in Britain since the 1970s, and has forthcoming publications on the zine culture of industrial music and on neo-fascist discourses of Holocaust inversion.


Kate Fahey (London College of Communication)

Kate Fahey is a visual artist and practice-based AHRC PhD researcher at UAL.


Timothy Smith (CRiSAP, University of the Arts London)

Timothy Smith is a film-maker and practice-based AHRC PhD researcher at CRiSAP, LCC.


This conference is supported by: Arts & Humanities Research Council, TECHNE and London College of Communication.