SOUND::GENDER::FEMINISM::ACTIVISM 2016 White Noise
11 & 12 November 2016
At CRiSAP, London College of Communication and live streamed online
Tickets: £25 full price / £10 concession (One day tickets £15 full price / £7 concession)
Tickets include special publication celebrating SGFA and lunch provided by Leon Lewis gourmet vegetarian catering
SGFA::2016 sought to listen together to the complex interplay between the auditory and social protocols of White Noise. Working out from white noise's original sonic conception of a random frequency, broad-based signal that seemingly masks everything else, white noise is, increasingly, all around us. As Jennifer Stoever-Ackerman explains, white noise has become a “sonic protocol,” a socio-cultural norm transmitted as an often sub-audible yet ubiquitous frequency, establishing and maintaining perceptual limits of what and who can be heard.
As in previous years, SGFA::2016 featured a mixture of live performance, audio and video work and scholarly papers from presenters including Annie Goh, Anuka Ramischwili-Schafer; Dan Scott; Gabriella Beckhurst; Gilles Aubry; INVASORIX; Marika Pratley, Hana Aoake, Piupiu Maya Turei, Virginia Kennard & Joanne Francey; Miriam Schickler; Natasha Lall; Nicola Woodham; Paul Tourle; Poulomi Desai; Rebecca Bruton; Rommi Smith in collaboration with Jenni Molloy & Juliet Ellis; Seda Ergül and Tuna Erdem (Istanbul Queer Art Collective); Shanti Suki Osman; Side Room & Barby Asante and Syma Tariq.
We were delighted to announce that our keynote presenters were Christine Eyene, Research Fellow in Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire and Vron Ware, Kingston University Chair of Sociology and Gender.
Documentation of the presentations can be watched on the HerNoise website.
SGFA 2016 Programme
Full conference details, including the abstracts and bios of each presenter are available in the SGFA 2016 Programme.
Christine Eyene is an art historian, critic and curator. She is a Guild Research Fellow in Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, where she collaborates to Making Histories Visible, an interdisciplinary visual arts research project based at UCLan’s Centre for Contemporary Art, led by Professor Lubaina Himid. She is also a doctoral student at Birkbeck, University of London, with Professor Annie E. Coombes, and is writing a thesis on South African photographer George Hallett in relation to African literature.
Eyene’s areas of research and curatorial practice range from contemporary African and Diaspora arts, Black British arts, and gendered art discourses, to non-object-based art practices notably sound art. Other interests include: urban cultures, music, design and socially-engaged initiatives.
Her recent exhibitions include Resonances: Second Movement (Espace Croix-Baragnon, Toulouse, 2016); Murder Machine (Ormston House, Limerick, 2016); All Of Us Have A Sense Of Rhythm (David Roberts Art Foundation, London, 2015); Embodied Spaces (Framer Framed, Amsterdam, 2015); Residual: Traces of the Black Body (New Art Exchange, Nottingham, 2015); La Parole aux Femmes (Fondation Blachère, Apt, 2014); Reflections on the Self – Five African Women Photographers (Hayward Touring exhibition, Southbank Centre, London and UK, 2011-2013).
Coming at it from a black perspective: curatorial attempt on the sounds we make
This lecture draws from Christine Eyene’s curatorial practice and its focus on African and Diaspora women artists. It will take as point of departure Where We’re At! Other Voices on Gender (Bozar, Brussels, 2014), an exhibition that broached historical, socio-political and cultural contexts to address issues such as the (mis)representation of non-western bodies in mainstream visual culture, and present counter-narratives by culturally diverse women’s, feminist, and queer aesthetics.
Shifting from the art “object” and the commodification of the body, Eyene will discuss developments in her approach leading to non-object-based art practices, particularly sound as a discursive medium ranging from the personal and intimate, to collective socio-political positioning.
Part of a preliminary research to a women artists and sound exhibition currently developed in the UK, Eyene will explore what could be encapsulated in the term “dialectics of refusal” implying: both the refusal to be silenced matched by diverse sonic modes of expression, and being silent as a form of agency; “speaking” or emitting sound from an identity/gender/ability-based position while refusing to perform assigned identities.
Also included in this lecture will be a reflection on multi-layered forms of marginalisation, notably in terms of access to technology. This will lead to consider diverse sonic traditions, especially non-Western, and examine the significance of sonorities, patterns and textures pre-dating the machine, as well as the interpretative shifts brought about by digital culture and the very process of digitisation.
Vron Ware, Chair of Sociology & Gender Studies in the dept of Criminology and Sociology, Kingston University. Author of 'Beyond the Pale: White Women, Racism & History' (1992/2015); Out of Whiteness' (2002) with Les Back; and Military Migrants: fighting for YOUR Country (2012), my research interests encompass questions of 'race', whiteness, gender, national identity, militarism and historical memory, and peace education. I am increasingly fascinated by our relationship with the living world, particularly birds and other migrating species, and have been trying to factor this into my work on racism and militarism.
Nightingales and bombers
This lecture addresses the idea that our lives are shaped by the fluctuating rhythms of ‘war time’ and ‘peace time’. Drawing on my research into whiteness, racism, gender and militarism I will think aloud about how to cultivate an ethics of intellectual inquiry that is shaped by paying closer attention to the world around us. For me, this new orientation includes being attentive to the movements and habits of birds including their song. What can the sound of the Nightingale tell us about ourselves, our histories and the times in which we live?
Ring Di Alarm Workshop
A workshop for strategies of sonic resistance
At CRiSAP, London College of Communication, London, SE1 6SB and live streamed online.
Thursday 10 Nov 2016, 2pm - 5pm
Hosted by Barby Asante, Maria Guggenbichler and Amal Alhaag
Ring Di Alarm is a workshop that explores alternative references and strategies for sonic resistance to negate the White Noise of the production of racialized cultural, social and political narratives. Presented through black, queer and feminist sound cultures, Ring DiAlarm makes propositions to engage with, dissect and undermine white supremacy in the digital domain. If whiteness is somewhere between nowhere and everywhere, how does one combat its ghosts? If white noise is also speech, what voices are erased within this construction of noise? How do these voices complicate, reconfigure and speak for themselves?
By offering intimate and collective forms of sonic engagement we will gather together a variety of musical references from dancehall to disco, texts from Gloria Wekker to Édouard Glissant and references from newsfeeds to black twitter, to explore the questions in the above paragraph.
The conference was live streamed online and features curated audio during the presentation breaks from the Still Waiting Discussion Group. Two remote listening groups in Greece and India joined us for the conference and contributed during the closing plenary. Questions and comments from online audiences were welcomed throughout the event via Twitter. Read more about the live stream and online contributors.
Underground: Both the Bakerloo and Northern lines stop at Elephant & Castle underground station. The College is opposite the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre on the same side of the road as the Metropolitan Tabernacle, just a few minutes walk.
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Jamyang Buddhist Centre: £30 per night including breakfast. Four unique guest rooms - all old Police Holding Cells! The Old Courthouse, 43 Renfrew Rd, London SE11 4NA (10 minute walk)
Air B&B: A range options - hostels, houses & apartments.
The Bridge Hotel: Around £75 per night (*mention the conference when you book for a 15% discount). 30 Borough Road, London, SE1 0AJm (10 minute walk)
Ibis Styles - Southwark Rose: Around £140 per night. 43-47 Southwalk Bridge Road, London, SE1 9HH (20 minute walk)
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