Research Symposium & Silent Night
Friday 6 Dec, 5.30 - 9pm at London College of Communication
The Research Symposium, starting at 5.30pm, offers an insight into themes present in the MA Sound Arts Degree Show 2019 exhibition: Heightened States of Awareness. Talks will be by guest speakers Mikhail Karikis and Anuka Ramischwili-Schäfer, as well as contributions from the artists, the MA students, and the Course Leader David Mollin, the session will be chaired by Louise Gray. The symposium will present an opportunity to engage directly with the artists' research, through direct conversation and via the display of their research posters, a unique facet of the course.
Immediately following the symposium, the Silent Night offers a dedicated opportunity to experience the exhibition ‘after hours’ until 9pm and includes live performances by Tarik Haskić and Samuel Loynes. Read more about their work here.
Mikhail Karikis lives between London and Lisbon, works internationally and exhibits widely. His work searches for strategies that amplify the voices of those who may be overlooked or structurally neglected. He employs listening as a form of care and activism, and works with sound and the moving image to question the power dynamics between the visible and the unheard. Through collaborations with communities located outside the context of contemporary art and who may be pushed into economic and socio-geographic fringes, he develops participatory projects which highlight alternative modes of being, solidarity and action, while nurturing critical attention, dignity and tenderness.
Anuka Ramischwili-Schäfer is a Georgian-German filmmaker, working in sound and multimedia. Their work questions themes of displacement, translation, diaspora, gossip, bodybuilding, dysphoria. They attempt to work against ethnocentricism, in particular in terms of West Asia and the diaspora, disentangling ideas of ‘the (near) East’. They extend and break into moments in time through a deeper exploration of sound. Some of their recent work has screened as part of the Self Protection Manifesto launch at the ICA and the Fringe! Queer Film and Arts Fest. Anuka received a Masters in Sound Arts from LCC in 2016. They were shortlisted for the MEAD fellowship in Summer 2018, for their film screening series F(r)ictions London.
The exhibition, Heightened States of Awareness, takes its title from Oliveros and brings together the work of the eleven students graduating from the MA Sound Arts in 2019. The exhibited pieces invite a ‘tuning of mind and body’, presenting approaches that may foreground a non-hierarchical listening amidst multi-sensate entanglements with each other and the environment. The exhibition title might also be understood with respect to this moment of increasing environmental and political emergency, asking us to hear questions that attend to local and personal concerns as well as tuning in to wider notions of social in/justice, and sometimes crossing the boundary of the ‘audible’ altogether.
The exhibition includes sound, audio-visual and mixed-media installation and sculpture presented across three spaces at London College of Communication. Read more about the exhibition here.
Curator: Irene Revell
Course Leader: David Mollin
The graduate exhibition for the MA Sound Arts at London College of Communication (UAL) is part of the wider LCC Postgraduate Shows 2019, bringing together the work of the students graduating from the MA Sound Arts in 2019.
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