Visiting Practitioners Series

Weekly lectures

A CRiSAP and LCC Sound Arts & Design Department collaboration 

At London College of Communication

CRiSAP and LCC's Sound Arts & Design Department co-run a Visiting Practitioners Series of weekly talks at the college, exploring the diverse field of sound arts practice. Each term one sound arts staff member curates the series of talks, inviting a number of sound practitioners to share their work.

Primarily for the current BA, MA and PhD sound arts students at LCC, these talks are also open to students and staff across all of the UAL colleges and courses. If you are not a UAL staff member or student as would like to attend, please contact the organizer.

Spring Term 2017/18

Curated by Dr. John Wynne

Location: Lecture Theatre B, London College of Communication

If you're not a UAL staff member or student and would like to attend the lectures, please contact John Wynne directly. 

  • Graham Dunning | 11 January, 2pm | Visually, Graham Dunning’s work draws on dirt, dust and decay, evoking notions of memory, collecting and archiving. Sonically, he remixes cultural off-cuts, often utilising the unwanted noise inherent in vinyl and cassette playback. He constructs precarious assemblages that create “mechanical techno”.

  • Jem Finer | 18 January, 2pm | Jem Finer is a founding member of The Pogues as well as an artist, composer and musician with a background in mathematics and computer science dating back to the ICL 1900 mainframe computers of the early 1970s. An enduring fascination with deep time and space, self-organising systems and long-durational processes has been the impetus behind much of his work including his Artangel commission, Longplayer, a thousand-year-long musical composition playing since the last moments of 1999 and Score For a Hole In the Ground, a permanent, self-sustaining musical installation in a forest in Kent, which relies only on gravity and the elements to be audible. He uses the term "post-digital" to describe his own return to a direct relationship with materials and landscape - as opposed to one mediated via a screen.

  • Shelley Trower | 25 January, 2pm | Author of ‘Senses of Vibration’, Shelley Trower’s research interests include the relationship between literature and science, place and nation, sound studies, oral history and memory, and, most recently, reading. For this talk, she will discuss contemporary bass-driven musical environments and their historical precedents. Discussing the materialisation of new quantities of vibration in the nineteenth century, produced by technologies including railway trains, which led to new experiences of sound as multisensory and bodily, and as something that needs to be controlled.

  • Lina Lapelyte | 1 February, 2pm | A graduate of the BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design at LCC, Lina Lapelyte is an artist, composer, musician and performer. Initially trained as a classical violinist in Lithuania, Lina showed an interest in experimental music from early on. Her experience playing within the London improvised music scene in 2006 radically changed her way of composing, her pieces becoming frameworks for improvisations rather than finished compositions. Questioning the importance of musical training became another strand in her work leading her to incorporate untrained performers in unorthodox ways. Creator of opera ‘Have a Good Day!' which examines issues of displacement, otherness and beauty through piano, electronics and text. Candy Shop, reworks the games of power embedded in rap songs, making them into lullabies while narrating a story about beauty, gender and the mundane. According to Brian Eno, “Lina is working right at the edge of what popular music could become."

  • ANAGRAM (Amy Rose and May Abdalla) | 8 February, 2pm | An award-winning creative collective who make immersive experiences that bring together innovative digital interaction and stories told from real life. Amy Rose and May Abdalla left documentary filmmaking to work with a wide variety of collaborators – from architects to creative technologists, engineers to sound designers – in a search for innovative combinations of story and interaction, technology and space. I SWEAR TO TELL THE TRUTH, at the Imperial War Museum in 2017, was a thought-provoking experience inviting audiences to inspect how social and information networks affect our perception of the world we live in, and our place in it.

  • Sean Dower | 15 February, 2pm | Sean Dower works in sculpture, photography, film, live performance and sound. He was active in the UK industrial music scene in the early 1980s and then worked with the radical performance art group Bow Gamelan Ensemble. Much of his work draws on his historical involvement in live performance and recent exhibitions have explored the spatial, sculptural and material possibilities of sound. Dower's work has been included in exhibitions at MOMA New York, Matt's Gallery London, Tate Britain, W139 Amsterdam and De La Warr Pavilion, UK.

  • Larry Achiampong | 22 February, 2pm | Larry Achiampong's solo and collaborative projects employ imagery, aural and visual archives, live performance and sound to explore ideas surrounding class, cross-cultural and post-digital identity – in particular, dichotomies found within a world dominated by social media and digital frameworks. Given the increase of information sharing enabled by the internet and the attendant rejection of a one-size-fits-all version of history, Achiampong is increasingly interested in what new truths or versions become available, the multiple possibilities that are created and maintained in the digital realm and the consequences related to ‘IRL’ or ‘In Real Life’. Achiampong crate-digs the vaults of history, splicing audible and visual qualities of the personal and interpersonal archive-as-material - offering multiple dispositions that reveal the socio-political contradictions in contemporary society.

  • Jo Langton | 1 March, 2pm | Jo Langton’s research from the 1980s into composers in the Radiophonic Workshop such as Daphne Oram, Delia Derbyshire, Maddalena Fagandini, Glynnis Jones and Elizabeth Parker led to a career as a BBC studio manager – the same job, though much changed, as these composers. She has 20 years experience in broadcast radio sound, working exclusively on tape at the outset, and continues to research sound making and recording in the pre-digital screen era. In this talk Jo will iron out some cracks in knowledge about the Radiophonic Workshop, outline some of the working practices and innovative technologies created in-house or adapted for compositional use by these composers, and discuss their work both within and beyond the BBC. The talk will highlight issues concerning the discipline, limitations and freedoms of broadcast sound and its close relative, radiophonic art. 

  • Val Kuklowsky | 8 March, 2pm | Los Angeles-based Val Kuklowsky has worked for many years in audio post-production. In his illustrated talk, “8 Points of Intensity”, Kuklowsky will take us through his long career in Hollywood, reflecting on significant moments which impacted his own professional growth. Throughout his career he has worked as sound designer/editor on Nightmare on Elm Street, Independence Day,Anna Karenina, Eating Raoul and on 4 episodes of Game of Thrones, to name but a few.

  • Marianna Simnett | 15 March, 2pm | Marianna Simnett, a London-based artist working with moving image, installation, watercolour and performance. Recently exploring female subjectivity and bodily integrity as they relate to the power dynamics of the medical profession. “The limits and possibilities of being inside a body are central to the use of sound in Simnett’s work. Bodily noises and medical machinery recur, blending with musical influences connected to her classical training and spell at musical theatre school as a teenager. Her work offers an inversion of the way sound in art is often treated as an external force, attacking the passive body.” (Tessa Norton in The Wire ) Simnett exhibits widely, won the Jerwood / FVU Award in 2015 and was shortlisted for the Jarman Award in 2017. She designed the current Night Tube map cover for Art on the Underground.

Autumn Term 2017/18

Led by Dr. John Wynne 

Further information about the series, times & locations, is available on the LCC website.

If you're not a UAL staff member or student, and would like to attend the lectures, please contact John Wynne directly. 

  • Gordon Monahan | 12 October 2017 | Canadian artist Gordon Monahan's works for piano, loudspeakers, video, kinetic sculpture, and computer-controlled sound environments span various genres from avant-garde concert music to multimedia installation and sound art. 
  • Maria Chávez | 19 October 2017 | Born in Lima, Peru, Maria Chávez is known as an abstract turntablist, sound artist and DJ. Accidents, coincidence and failures are themes that unite her sound sculptures, installations and other works with her solo turntable performance practice.
  • Eva Weber and Dennis Wheatley | 26 October 2017 | As a director for BBC Broadcast, Eva Weber directed promotions, commercials and branded films for the BBC and other television and advertising companies. Dennis Wheatley is a freelance dubbing mixer and sound designer, producing immersive sound for film and TV.
  • Ryoko Akama | 2 November 2017 | Sound artist/composer/performer Ryoko Akama explores the minimal, reductive and abstract aesthetics of sustained tones and concepts of ‘almost nothing’ by performing old synthesizers, DIY devices and found objects.
  • Caroline Devine | 9 November 2017 | Caroline investigates the boundaries between sound and music, encompassing electroacoustic composition, sound installation, radio and theatre. 
  • Adam Lieber | 16 November 2017 | An audio and film creative based in London, Adam Lieber produces music and visual solutions for the advertising, TV, film, digital and interactive industries.
  • Shiva Feshareki | 23 November 2017 | Shiva Feshareki won the BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer of the Year in 2004, with her first composition. An experimental composer and turntablist working with the physicality of sound, she uses electronic sound manipulation and sampling, as well as analogue and bespoke electrics that generate 'real' and ‘pure’ sounds from electricity.
  • Tania Chen | 30 November 2017 | Tania Chen is an experimental musician and free improviser. She plays the piano, found objects, toys, keyboards and electronics.
  • Atau Tanaka | 7 December 2017 | Professor of Media Computing at Goldsmiths, Atau Tanaka was born in Tokyo, and was raised in the U.S. He bridges the fields of media art, experimental music, and research.

Summer Term 2016/17

Led by Dr Milo Taylor 

  • Kevin Logan | 19 Apr 2017 | Kevin is a Manchester born artist based in London, UK. His work embraces cross-disciplinary fields and incorporates installation, sound, moving-image and performance.
  • Laura Plana Gracia | 26 Apr 2017 | Curator, artist, and researcher. Currently PhD student at CRiSAP studying the new tendencies in curatorial practices and cultural management in sonic arts.

Spring Term 2016/17

Led by Dr Holly Ingleton 

  • Ansuman Biswas | 12 Jan 2017 | Ansuman Biswas works in a wide variety of media, but his central concern lies between science, work and religion.
  • Errollyn Wallen MBE | 19 Jan 2017 | Errollyn is an internationally renowned composer, librettist and singer-songwriter.
  • Poulomi Desai | 26 Jan 2017 | Poulomi Desai is currently a Leverhulme Research Fellow at Heritage Quay archives / British Music Collection, Curator / Project Manager of "We are the Lions" - the first comprehensive exhibition about the Grunwick strike in the 70s.
  • Aura Satz | 2 Feb 2017 | Aura Satz’s practice encompasses film, sound, performance and sculpture. In this talk she will address a recent series of works that look at key female figures largely excluded from mainstream historical discourse.
  • Elaine Mitchener | 9 Feb 2017 | Elaine Mitchener is an eclectic and innovative vocal and movement artist who creates and performs across various genres including experimental music theatre/dance, performance art, concerts, recordings and sound installations.
  • John Broomhall | 16 Feb 2017 | John Broomhall is the composer for such iconic games as Transport Tycoon and X-COM, and recently contributed music to key Xbox One launch title, Forza Motorsport 5, recorded at George Lucas’s Skywalker Sound.
  • Rebecca Parnell | 23 Feb 2017 | Rebecca Parnell is a BAFTA Award winning Sound Designer, having worked in sound for 19 years on 50+ titles, covering the most popular platforms of the time.
  • Jez Riley French | 2 Mar 2017 | Alongside performances, exhibitions, installations, JrF lectures and runs workshops around the world and his range of specialist microphones are widely used by recordists, sound artists, musicians, sound designers and cultural organisations.
  • Dan Rowan | 9 Mar 2017 | Daniel is a Lecturer in Audiology at the University of Southampton. His goal is to develop knowledge and technologies that will allow people with sensory impairments to optimally use their hearing to achieve the independence, prosperity and fulfilment they desire.
  • Marie Thompson | 16 Mar 2017 | Marie Thompson is a sound-thinker and occasional sound-maker. She is a Lecturer in Media, Sound and Culture at the University of Lincoln, where she is the academic lead of the Extra-Sonic Practice (ESP) research group.

Autumn Term 2016/17

Led by Professor Cathy Lane and Dr Holly Ingleton 

  • Isa Suarez | Oct 13 2016 | Isa Suarez is a London based artist and composer, originating from the Basque region.
  • Viv Corringham | October 20 2016 | Viv Corringham is a British vocalist, sound artist and composer, resident in New York. Her work includes performance, installations, radio and soundwalks.
  • Mark Peter Wright | Oct 27 2016 | Mark Peter Wright is an artist researcher working with experimental approaches to sound and listening. His practice explores the relationship between humans, animals, environments and their associated technologies of capture.
  • Shelly Knotts | Nov 3 2016 | Shelly Knotts produces live-coded and network music performances and projects which explore aspects of code, data and collaboration.
  • Helen Frosi | Nov 10 2016 | Helen in an artist-producer whose work is preoccupied with alternative economies and exchange especially within collaborative and cross-disciplinary practice.
  • Benjamin Piekut | Nov 17 2016 | ... on "Quests for Uncertainty: Henry Cow, Lindsay Cooper, and the Feminist Improvising Group”
  • Jason Singh | Nov 24 2016 | Sound artist, beatboxer and composer, the presentation will explore his early influences, a sound and music career spanning over 20 years, current practice and its application across a wide range of genres, art forms, creative industries and education.
  • Jennifer Walshe | Dec 1 2016 | Walshe talks about projects including 'Aisteach', a fictional history of Irish avant-garde music ranging from the mid 19th century to 1985 and her concept of “The New Discipline”, both from a theoretical and practical perspective.
  • Frances Morgan | Dec 8 2016 | Frances Morgan is a music critic. After co-founding Plan B magazine in 2004, she worked as a deputy editor for The Wire magazine between 2012 and 2015 and has written for multiple publications, she is currently researching electronic music histories.

Spring Term 2015/16

Led by Dr Holly Ingleton

  • Lisa Busby | 14 Jan 2016 | Her work deliberately challenges notions of discipline specific categorisation and dissemination, placing itself across the boundaries of fine art, performance and pop music/culture. 
  • Gary Stewart | 21 Jan 2016 | With artist Trevor Mathison he is part of Dubmorphology who make art installations that examine the relationship between culture, history and technology. 
  • Evan Ifekoya | 28 Jan 2016 | Investigating the 'queerying' of popular imagery. By utilising the props of everyday life the aim is to destroy the aura of preciousness surrounding art.
  • Imogen Stidworthy | 4 Feb 2016 | Works with the voice as a sculptural material to explore the borders of language.
  • Ximena Alarcón | 11 Feb 2016 | An artist who engages in listening to migratory spaces, connecting this to individual and collective memories.
  • Jim Fowler and Joe Thwaites | 18 Feb 2016 | As in house composers at Sony PlayStation they work in all areas of music required by video games.
  • Sonia Boyce | 25 Feb 2016 | In the broadest sense, my research interests lie in art as a social practice and the critical and contextual debates that arise from this burgeoning field.
  • Christine Eyene | 3 Mar 2016 | Challenging mainstream artistic discourses by bringing out forgotten or marginalised narratives and experiences.
  • Morgan Quaintance | 10 Mar 2016 | A writer, musician, broadcaster and curator. He is a regular contributor to Art Monthly, Art Review, Frieze, and a contributing editor for E-Flux’s online publishing portal art-agenda.
  • Anja Kanngieser | 17 March 2016 | A political geographer who works with sound and radio.

Autumn Term 2015/16

Led by Professor Cathy Lane

  • Sally Ann McIntyre | Oct 15 2015 | How to Explain Radio to a Dead Huia: Doing Transmission Art in the Field.
  • Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver | October 22 2015 | Focusing their enquiries on the cognitive, physical, and architectural potential of sound, their works encompass experimental music, radio, performance, and sculpture. 
  • Kaffe Matthews | Oct 29 2015 | Taking site specific sound and music making onto the street with sonic bikes. 
  • Mikhail Karikis | Nov 5 2015 | Immersive audio-visual installations from a long-standing investigation of the voice as a sculptural material and a socio-political agent.
  • Laura Malacart | Nov 12 2015 | Using art practice to engage contemporary debates and the production of socio-political identities. 
  • Claudia Molitor | Nov 19 2015 | Exploring the relationships between listening and seeing as well as embracing collaboration as compositional practice. 
  • Patrick Mcginley aka murmur | Nov 26 2015 | Sounds and images from the Räpin Papermill, the oldest continuously-operating industry in Estonia.
  • Charles Celeste Hutchins | Dec 3 2015 | Exploring computer-based and analogue electronics, working with gestural controllers, networking and robots. 
  • Ain Bailey | Dec 10 2015 | Electroacoustic compositions are inspired by reflections on silence/absence, architectural urban spaces and feminism. 

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