Visiting Practitioners Series
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 UAL colleges and courses. If you are not a UAL staff member or student and would like to attend, please contact the organiser.
Image: Mark Peter Wright, I the Thing in the Margins, 2015
Block 1 – 2019/20
Curated by Annie Goh (Associate Lecturer, LCC)
Location: Lecture Theatre B | 2:30pm – 4:30pm (Please note: 31 October 2pm start), London College of Communication
Non-UAL staff/student who would like to attend the lectures please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (no less than 48h before)
- 3 October | Sandra Kazlauskaite | Sandra (b. 1987, Lithuania) is an artist and researcher working across the disciplines of sound performance, sound and video installation, as well as theory-led projects in auditory culture. She has produced works that question the political histories of the post-soviet bloc, issues of gendered soundscapes, silencing and spatial embodiment. Her practice is embedded in feminist writing and practice, specifically the works of Pauline Oliveros, Ursula Le Guin and Sara Ahmed. Her works have been exhibited and performed in the UK, Iceland, Lithuania, Norway, Germany and the United States. She was awarded a PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2019 for her doctoral thesis “Expanded Aurality: Doing Sonic Feminism in the White Cube”, which questioned how women-produced sound affects the production of the gallery space in perceptual and socio-political terms. Currently, Sandra is a Lecturer in Sound and Music Theory at University of Lincoln.
- 10 October | Alex De Little | Alex De Little is a sonic artist and researcher with bases in Leeds and London, UK. His practice encompasses installation, composition, performance and workshops; it is concerned with the interrogation of listening as a way to understand environment, self, and social relations. Alex’s work and collaborations have been featured at the Venice Biennale, the Tate Modern, Somerset House, Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Health Museum (Houston, TX), Den Frie Centre for Contemporary Art (Copenhagen), The National Science and Media Museum, London Contemporary Music Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and the Hepworth Wakefield. Alex recently completed a practice-based PhD with Scott McLaughlin and Martin Iddon at the University of Leeds, and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Institute. He is also a member of CAVE (Centre for Audio-Visual Experimentation), and a visiting lecturer at the University of Leeds.
- 17 October | On Yee Lo | (b. Hong Kong) a London based multidisciplinary artist, musician and cook. She completed her Diploma in Technical Arts in Theatre at The Hong Kong Academy For Performing Arts, before graduated from Chelsea College of Arts with a degree in Fine Arts. She constructs ‘Cooking Instruments’- physical systems where common meals are prepared and consumed, encompassing gestures, labour and hospitality. She has exhibited and performed her work at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Cafe OTO, Ikon Gallery, ICA, Camden Art Centre, Zabludowicz Collection, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Beck's Futures and ARTISSIMA Turin.
- 24 October ***Please note 2pm start*** | Event guest-curated by Fari Bradley (CRiSAP PhD Sound Arts) with participation of MA Journalism students | Tony Conrad, Completely in the Present and John Smith, Girl Chewing Gum film screening and discussion | Tony Conrad (1940-2016) was an avant-garde musical pioneer who became an auto-didactic fine artist, structuralist film maker, broadcaster, teacher and activist. From his beginnings with Velvet Underground, Conrad never compromised and defied convention by breaking into fields of creativity reserved for the schooled. "Phenomenally productive" Conrad's life is honestly communicated through this as yet unreleased documentary 'Completely in the Present', 20 years in the making. | John Smith is an equally ground-breaking and exploratory film maker and artist, whose work is cited as one of the most influential on the British cinema scene. In 'The Girl Chewing Gum1976 (16mm) Smith uses audio to break convention as director, and while it ‘demonstrates a structuralist approach by making the continuity shot and the voice-over the subjects of his film, the artist injects parody, humour and narrative, characteristics often missing from the work of his peers.’
- 31 October | Nzinga Soundz – DJs Ade and Junie Rankin | Nzinga Soundz, established in the early ‘80s is now one of the UK’s longest running, all women sound systems. Their music selection is wide-ranging, spanning Reggae, Soul/Rare Groove, Calypso/Soca and incorporating African, Latin and Jazz. The sound has played at various London venues, including Charing Cross (supporting the Mighty Diamonds) and Kentish Town Forum (supporting Burning Spear) as well as across the UK and internationally, in the Gambia, Barbados and Sierra Leone. From the late 1980s they launched and hosted a popular Sunday afternoon community radio show on SLR (Sophisticated London Radio) featuring interviews with Reggae artists such as Ziggy Marley, Augustus Pablo and Betty Wright. In 2019, festivals they have played at include the Paris-Londres Music Migrations and Radiate.
- 7 November | Rocío Garriga | Garriga was born in Albacete, Spain. She holds a PhD in Art and Research, a Master of Arts and B.A. from Polytechnic University of Valencia, and a Philosophy B.A from University of Valencia. During her Art career she was trained as stage designer and received a Scenography degree. She worked with different theater companies. Both, her philosophy and artistic education inform her studio practice. In her installations and sculptural pieces deals with the limits between what is said and what is seen trying to link and expand the syntax of sculpture. Garriga has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, which include an Excellence award from UPV, a PhD Fellowship from Ministry of Spain, and a Grant for artistic research and production from DKV. She has been an artist in residence in New York, Dublin, Strasbourg, Brighton, among other places. She lives in Valencia, where she teaches Sculpture as Assistant Professor at UPV.
- 14 November | Joanne Armitage | Dr Joanne Armitage is a Research Associate in the Department of Sociology. Joanne’s work explores the role of technology in culture and society she is interested in emerging technology practices, digital methods and feminist technoscience. She is currently working on the AirKit proof of concept project as part of the Citizen Sense research group. Joanne’s recent research has looked at the live coding community—a practice where code is written live and projected as part of a performance—to examine the relationship between technology and the body by drawing on feminist literature. Her interests in technology and society emerge through public workshops such as Machine Learning Imaginations where participants explore machine learning as an embodied, lived and reconfigurable technology. In 2018 she participated in a coding cultural exchange between Yorkshire and Tokyo funded by Arts Council England, British Council, Daiwa Foundation and Sasakawa Foundation. She brings together many of her research interests through her artistic practice as an algorithmic musician. Her work has been featured in The Times, Guardian, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 5. She has received Sound and Music’s Composer-Curator fund (2018) and is a resident at Somerset House Studios.
- 21 November | Miriam Kolar | Kolar explores and produces archaeological engagements of human-sonic interrelationships. Her cultural acoustics research leverages acoustical and auditory science in transdisciplinary, place-based experiments concerned with social and human-environmental relations. Since 2008, she has led integrative archaeoacoustics and music archaeology research at the UNESCO World Heritage site at Chavín de Huántar, Perú, a monumental center active during the first millennium BCE. Kolar problematized historical assumptions about Inca sonics via an acoustical study that cross-compared performance of archaeologically appropriate soundmakers at the Inca administrative city Huánuco Pampa. Kolar prioritizes site-responsive, collaborative approaches to studying interdynamics of sound production with site materials and settings. An organizing collaborator of an aural heritage project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Kolar was recently a Weatherhead Fellow at the School for Advanced Research (SAR), and previously Five College Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at Amherst College, where she is a Visiting Scholar.
- 28 November | Ximena Alarcón | Alarcón is a sound artist researcher interested in listening to interstices: dreams, underground public transport, and the migratory context. Her research focuses on the creation of sonic telematic performances using Deep Listening, telematic improvisation, and interfaces for relational listening. She has a PhD in Music, Technology and Innovation from DMU, and received a Deep Listening Certificate from the Deep Listening Institute (studying with Pauline Oliveros, IONE and Heloise Gold). She has been awarded with postdoctoral fellowships such as the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship 2007-2009 (IOCT- DMU) which led her to develop Sounding Underground; and a CRiSAP-UAL fellowship 2011-2017, where she developed telematic performances exploring the in-between sonic space in the context of migration. She recently finished her work as a Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellow 2017-2019 at RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion, Department of Musicology, at the University of Oslo, developing her project INTIMAL: a novel physical-virtual "embodied system" for relational listening, integrating: body, memory, migration and telematics.
- 5 December | Ingrid Plum | Plum (DK) uses her voice with extended technique, improvisation, field recordings, percussion and electronics. Described by The Guardian as “gorgeously atmospheric vocal techniques woven around field recordings & electronics” she has performed and exhibited internationally since 2002, creating work that combines Folk Music, Contemporary Classical Music and Sound Art. Incorporating her research into folk traditions with field recordings and studying directly with Meredith Monk, her recent performances have been described as “succinct and nourishing... a luxuriant space between almost excessive precision and looser improvisation" by The Wire. Her work has been played by Late Junction on BBC Radio 3, where she was also invited to perform in session at Maida Vale Studios. Plum was a featured guest on Radio 4’s New Weird Britain with John Duran of The Quietus and was commissioned to write a new work for International Womens Day 2019 by The Verb on BBC Radio 3.
Block 2 – 2018/19
Curated by Dr. John Wynne
(unless stated otherwise below)
Non-UAL staff/student who would like to attend the lectures please contact John Wynne
2.30pm – 4.30pm
- Duncan Speakman | 10 January | Duncan Speakman is a composer and sound artist based at the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol. He creates narrative sound- led experiences that engage audiences in uncontrolled public and private space. His work includes installations on trains in Guangzhou (pictured), loudspeaker symphonies in New Zealand, audio walks in Saitama, and sound installations in Porto. His current research is in the relationship between locative urban audio experiences and contemporary ecology.
- Jo Thomas | 17 January (Room M108) | Jo Thomas’ work as a composer and sound artist crosses through science, live performance, installation, film, documentary, dance and collaborative projects. She won the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in Digital Musics and Sound Art in 2012 for Crystal Sounds of a Synchrotron, a surround sound work composed directly from frequencies generated by the electron-storage ring, a particle accelerator at Diamond Light Source, the UK's national synchrotron science facility. Her most recent work, Nature’s Numbers, is based on the papers of Delia Derbyshire, and toured the UK in November 2018 with Synth Remix. According to a review in the journal Nature, the piece ‘sent tsunamis of sound waves shuddering through the audience’s chests and lofted clouds of siren vocals around our heads. The compositions were competing, richely textured and darkly powerful.’ Jo has recently been named Vice-Chair of the board of Sound and Music, the national charity for the promotion of new music and the work of British composers and artists.
- Wajid Yaseen | 24 January | Wajid Yaseen is a British artist whose work draws on an inter-disciplinary approach to develop sound-based works encompassing installations, live performances, acousmatic music, graphic scores, and sound sculptures. He is the director of the sound research organisation Modus Arts, the co-founder of the destructivist Scrapclub project, and director of the Ear Cinema project. He holds an MA in Arts and Design with a focus on Sonic Arts gained from Middlesex University, where he is also currently undertaking a PhD. His work has been exhibited and performed at the ICA Gallery, Arnolfini, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Whitechapel Gallery, Laban, and the Freud Museum amongst others.
- Jaap Blonk | 31 January | Jaap Blonk is a self-taught composer, performer and poet, perhaps best known as a performer for whom voice is the main means for the discovery and development of new sounds. From around the year 2000 on Blonk started work with electronics, at first using samples of his own voice, then extending the field to include pure sound synthesis as well. More recently, he has begun to explore the possibilities of algorithmic composition for the creation of music, visual work and poetry. As a vocal performer, Jaap Blonk is known across the globe for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. His work for radio and television includes several commissioned radio plays; he also makes large-scale drawings of his scores, as well as visual poetry. He has his own record label, Kontrans, and a comprehensive collection of his sound poetry came out as a book with 2 CDs in 2013, entitled ‘KLINKT’.
- Lynne Kendrick | 7 February | Lynne Kendrick is a Senior Lecturer in New Theatre Practices at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Course Leader of the MA/MFA in Advanced Theatre Practice. She has written extensively on theatre sound and noise in performance and is also interested in listening practices and radical forms of audience. She co- founded Camden People’s Theatre and is a director of the Brighton-based company Fellow Traveller Productions. Her academic research on the role of play drew her towards experiments with noises, sonic bits and bobs, and Foley – performances of sound which feature in her current research into theatre aurality.
- Jacqueline Gordon | 14 February | Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon lives in Los Angeles and works with sound, sculpture and performance. Her installations typically involve multichannel sound systems and sculptures made of materials for their aesthetic and acoustical properties. She received her MFA from Stanford University where her research focused on the history of communications technology and the physiological and psychophysical effects of music and sound on the body. Some of her projects include acoustical mapping of brutalist architecture, an installation of inflatable walls mixed with a multichannel pop song and creating a modular, modifiable, performance environment that was exhibited at the Geometry of Now festival in Moscow and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
- Gascia Ouzounian | 21 February | As a musicologist and violinist Gascia Ouzounian’s work is focused on experimental music and sound art. Her current book project examines concepts of acoustic space since the early 1800s, including binaural audition, auditory perspective, early stereophonic technologies, wartime listening devices, multichannel electroacoustic composition, and acoustic mapping. As a violinist specialising in music of the 20th century, and as a composer, Ouzounian has performed and presented her work at venues including Carnegie Hall, Dream House (NYC), Modern Art Oxford, STEIM (Amsterdam), BEAM Festival (London), and Green Man Festival (Wales). She has performed with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Sinfonia Toronto (as a soloist), and the Biomuse Trio (an ensemble that performs with bio-sensors). Gascia’s current research projects include ‘Hearing Trouble’, an investigation of sound art in post-conflict cities, and ‘Pet Sounds’, which develops new technologies for collaborative composition via social media. She is co-director of Recomposing the City, a research group that brings together sound artists, composers, architects and planners in rethinking the design and planning of urban space through an acoustic perspective. Gascia is Artistic Director of Optophono, a label that publishes interactive music and sound art.
- Tom Richards | 28 February | Artist, musician, DJ, researcher and instrument designer Tom Richards has walked the line between sonic art, sculpture and music since graduating with an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art in 2004. Tom has built his own idiosyncratic modular electronic music system, with which he creates slowly evolving and heavily textured polyrhythmic improvisations. His individual approach and reductive palette lead to a taught, rhythmically focused sonic experience.
- Hannah Catherine Jones | 7 March | Hannah Catherine Jones is a London based artist, multi- instrumentalist, researcher, radio presenter, composer, conductor, and founder of Peckham Chamber Orchestra. She is currently a DPhil scholar (AHRC) at Oxford University (The Ruskin/Christ Church) producing an ongoing body of audio-visual work, The Oweds, which explores ancestry, (cultural) reparations and concepts of totality (both in relation to ‘art’ and ‘blackness’) through an Afrofuturistic lens.
- Christof Migone | 14 March | Christof Migone is an artist, teacher, curator, and writer. His interests include language & voice, bodies & performance, intimacy & complicity, sound & silence, rhythmics & kinetics, translation & referentiality, stillness & imperceptibility, structure & improvisation, play & pathos, pedagogy & unlearning, failure & endurance. His current investigations include microphone hitting, book flipping, tongue extruding, record releasing, word hyphenating, para-pedagogical positioning, careless curating, noise making, sequitur following, paper passing, interval counting, rhythm repeating, phone licking, machine fingering, playlist compiling, silence listening. He co-edited the books Writing Aloud: The Sonics of Language (Los Angeles: Errant Bodies Press, 2001) and Volumes (Blackwood Gallery, 2015). A book compiling his writings on sound art, Sonic Somatic: Performances of the Unsound Body was published in 2012 by Errant Bodies Press. He currently lives in Toronto and is an Associate Professor at Western University in London, Ontario.
- Anne Bean | 18 April | Anne Bean is a London-based artist who has worked in installation, large-scale sculpture, sound art, and performance art continuously for five decades. Informed by improvisational practices that celebrate the chaotic and polyvocal and driven by a deep interest in materials and what they might be able to do, her practice has been influenced by Joseph Beuys’ concept of social sculpture (soziale Plastik) as well as the strange humour associated with the 1970s English performance art scene. Bean's interest in collaborative processes began with her work with the pioneering performance art group Bernsteins, with Jonathan Harvey, Malcolm Jones, and the Kipper Kids, and continued to develop during her long term working relationship with the drummer-artist Paul Burwell and sculptor Richard Wilson. Together they formed the radical percussion/performance group, Bow Gamelan Ensemble (1983–90).
- Victoria Karlsson & Artur Vidal | 25 April | Victoria Karlsson is a sound artist interested in the emotional and subjective aspects of sound and art. Investigating sound as both an inner and outer experience, she explores how we think about, remember, and dream about sounds, and how this influences our every day experience of sounds. She is currently undertaking a PhD Research Degree in the CRiSAP research centre at LCC. Her research, with the working title "Mapping experiences of inner sounds", investigates sounds in our thoughts, sounds we ‘hear’ in our mind, and how they affect our experience of physical ‘real’ sounds. Through practice-based research, she aims to investigate strategies of articulating and making inner sounds audible, and to develop a language to externalise and map experiences of inner sounds. Artur M Vidal is a Spanish-born saxophone player and sound artist who grew up in Paris and currently resides in London. He has performed and recorded extensively in the UK, France and Spain, as well as also being active in Turkey, Mexico and the Czech Republic. His research involves field recordings, sound walks, dance and improvisation. He is an active member of the improv music scene and, with Sébastien Branche, performs as the improvising saxophone duo ‘Relentless’. His research, entitled “The Notion of Silence in Improvised Music and Acoustic Ecology”, attempts to develop new knowledge in both disciplines through the study of their understanding of the notion of silence.
- Antoine Bertin | 2 May | Antoine Bertin listens his way around science and sensoriality, environment and audio storytelling, data and music composition. He creates experiences combining elements of immersive sound, interactive storytelling and tangible material, both as an artist and as founder of the Paris-based creative studio, Sound Anything. Sound Anything works internationally with commercial brands, artistic institutions, creative agencies and scientific organisations to create innovative sound experiences for a variety of audiences. They are known for their work with binaural audio immersion, site-specific narratives and large spatial audio installations, and have worked with Audible, The Guardian, Palais de Tokyo, Volkswagen Group, Marshmallow Laser Feast, and Tate Britain and more. Antoine graduated from the MA Sound Arts at LCC in 2009 and teaches at SAE Brussels.
- Jennifer Allen & Dan Scott | 9 May | Jennifer Lucy Allan is a writer and researcher in her final year of a PhD on the social and cultural history of the foghorn, looking at its significance as a massive sonic sound marker along our coasts and at sea. She also runs the record label Arc Light Editions, previously worked as online editor for The Wire magazine, and recently hosted BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction. Her research is entitled Fog Tropes: The social and cultural history of the foghorn 1853 to the present day. The foghorn sounds when visual information is eliminated or reduced, giving primacy to the auditory, and as such has been used to signify complex emotional reactions and represent mental states. Foghorns first appeared as a result of a shipping boom during the industrial revolution, but how does its use in popular culture relate to its history around that time, and beyond? Taking the foghorn as a starting point, she explores the questions of nostalgia, safety and danger, power and melancholy inherent to the call of the foghorn, and crucial to understanding our changing sonic environment. Dan Scott’s work incorporates installation, performance, and participatory practice and often investigates the politics and poetics of listening. He works as a visiting lecturer at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where he tutors in sound and scenography, and he is currently engaged in a practice-based PhD at CRiSAP. For him, listening is a methodology for developing practice, and his research, entitled Ways of listening in sound art: How can multiple ways of listening inform contemporary sound art practice? proposes the existence of a listening art, distinct from sound art, where listening's various aspects (openness, attention, desire, focus, etc) act as both a medium and a mode of engagement.
Block 1 – 2018/19
Curated by Dr. John Wynne
Non-UAL staff/student who would like to attend the lectures, can please contact John Wynne directly.
- Steve Heimbecker | 11 October, 2pm | Saskatchewan-born, Québec- based artist Steve Heimbecker studied painting, sculpture, and performance. Although he hasn’t abandoned his interest in the visual – or more precisely, spatial – dimensions, he has focused his career mainly on sound and often defines himself as a sound sculptor. Recognised for his work in audio art, multi-channel composition, and experimental sound design, he has produced numerous large-scale sculptures and installations. Using digital media and mechanical systems of his own design and construction, he evokes the rich tradition of alternative instruments and sound production systems dating back to the experiments of the futurists and Dadaists.
- Frieda Abtan | 18 October, 2pm | Freida Abtan is a Canadian multi-disciplinary artist and composer based in London. Her artistic and research interests revolve around inter-sensory composition under computational process. She works with fixed and reactive audiovisual media for concert diffusion, installation, and large-scale multimedia production, as well as with computer vision techniques and sensor-based technologies. Her music, which has been compared to Coil and Zoviet France because of her use of spectral manipulation and collage, falls somewhere in between musique concrète and more contemporary noise music / experimental audio. As well as having created visual shows for and performed with Nurse with Wound, Freida has presented her own sound and visual work at festivals across North America and Europe.
- Moushumi Bhowmik | 25 October, 2pm | Moushumi Bhowmik is an Indian Bengali singer and songwriter whose music draws its repertoire both from her own compositions and the rich folk heritage of Bengal. Her music aims to stress the continuity between diverse musical traditions – kirtan, bhatiyali, adhunik, the blues and both Indian and Western classical music – blending them into a subtle and distinctive musical language. Moushumi has composed for Bengali documentary and art cinema, including films that have won the Critics' Prize at Cannes and Best Music at Kara Film Festival, Karachi. In 2003, Moushumi began The Travelling Archive, recording and documenting the rich and varied tradition of folk music in West Bengal and Bangladesh. This project explores new avenues of research and dissemination through working with archival material, writing and publication, presentation- performance and lectures and includes The Travelling Archive website.
- Guy Sherwin | 1 November, 2pm | Guy Sherwin studied painting at Chelsea School of Art in the late 1960s before being drawn to the radical film practice of the London Film-Makers' Co-operative (now LUX, London) where he taught printing and processing during the mid 1970s. His films investigate fundamental qualities of cinema such as light and time, and often use serial forms or live elements to extend its possibilities. The unique, elusive qualities of analogue film are explored through experiments with sound, image and film in live performance.
- Louise Ashcroft | 8 November, 2pm | Recognising the power of small acts of resistance, Louise Ashcroft wanders through the world noticing, collecting, subverting and adding things to the environments she encounters. Through this process she creates situations and stories, which are re-presented as spoken word performance, video and sculpture. A conceptual magpie, Ashcroft re- programmes existing systems (particularly in urban environments) through her playful direct actions, to conjure real-world narratives combining politics, philosophy and comedy. For Ashcroft, humour is philosophy at its most precise and nonsense protects us from passivity by provoking interpretation. Louise works with writing, live performance, video and sculpture. She also curates, teaches and makes things happen.
- Kathy Hinde | 15 November, 2pm | Kathy Hinde’s work grows from a partnership between nature and technology expressed through audio-visual installations and performances that combine sound, sculpture, image and light. Drawing inspiration from behaviours and phenomena in the natural world, she creates generative work that evolves and is different each time it is experienced. Kathy frequently works in collaboration with other practitioners and scientists and often actively involves the audience in the creative process. Her work includes a computer vision system that analyses the movement of migrating birds to create piano music, a soundscape that emerges from singers ‘echo-locating’, using distance sensors and mini-computers that alter their vocal calls depending on their proximity to each other, and online soundmaps that evolve and grow as people upload field recordings and can be played like visual scores.
- Julian Henriques | 22 November, 2pm | Professor Julian Henriques is author of Sonic Bodies: Reggae sound systems, performance techniques and ways of knowing, a book which offers an analysis of how a sound system operates - at auditory, corporeal and sociocultural frequencies. His teaching of cultural studies and scriptwriting is influenced by his professional work as a film producer and writer-director as well as his practice as a sound artist. His research interests lie in the field of street technologies and cultures (particularly reggae dancehall sound systems). Julian’s concern with sonic ways-of-knowing and non-discursive non- representational types of meaning led to the establishment of TRU (Topology Research Unit) at Goldsmiths in 2011, with particular interests and activities in the areas of diagrammatics, rhythm and auditory topology. Sound System Outernational is an agency established in 2015 to organize events to develop the relationship between academic researchers, system culture practitioners and aficionados. He is a founding director of Sonic Womb Productions Ltd, which conducts biomedical research and develops immersive surround- media environments.
- Lucia Farinati | 29 November, 2pm | Lucia Farinati is a researcher, curator and activist. She works under the collective name Sound Threshold, a curatorial project exploring relationships between site, sound and text. She curated a series of exhibitions presenting William Furlong's soundworks in Italy and the UK (2006-2013). Through her collaboration with the Precarious Workers Brigade collective, she has shifted from a production-oriented practice to participatory action research, expanding her interest in sound from the curation of site-specific projects to the analysis of voice and listening as a political practice. The Force of Listening, a recent book written in collaboration with Claudia Firth, explores the role of listening at the intersection of contemporary art and activism. Artists, media theorists, philosophers and activists meet on the page to tackle questions of listening, attention and interconnection, collectivity, solidarity and resonance, the politics of the voice and the ethics of listening, and to reflect on the Occupy movement. Lucia is currently working on a research project on Audio Arts in collaboration with Tate Archive as part of her PhD at Kingston University London.
- Jennet Thomas | 6 December, 2pm Note: this session is in Room M108) | Jennet Thomas makes films, performances and installations exploring the connections between the everyday, fantasy and ideology. Her work can look like experimental film, children’s drama, or performance art – it is a call for complexity that collides genres, experimenting with collective constructions of meaning. She is interested in belief systems, ideas of truth, power and pleasure, and how cultural memories are re-made and distorted according to the needs of each era. ‘Who has the right to rule, and whose rule is right?’ is an underlying leitmotif in her work. Often darkly comic, her films tell warped folk-tale narratives that mix elements of the banal and the bizarre. Her films “conjure delirious parallel universes in everyday Britain’s most mundane corners. People shop in Sainsbury’s, watch daytime TV and eat packed lunches from Tupperware boxes. Yet in this Looking Glass world, what we take for granted is quickly turned inside out. Preachers, teachers and quasi-political pundits with bright yellow or purple skin harangue its denizens with songs and slide presentations; the beliefs and rules they champion are full of promise, but always obscure.” (The Guardian).
Summer Term 2017/18
Curated by Dr. John Wynne
If you're not a UAL staff member or student and would like to attend the lectures, please contact John Wynne directly.
Daniela Cascella | 19 April, 2pm | Daniela's work is focused on sound, literature, and art; it is driven by a longstanding interest in the relationship between listening, reading, writing, translating, recording, and in the conversations, questions, frictions, and kinships that these fields generate, host or complicate.
- John Kannenberg and Timothy Smith | 26 April, 2pm | John is a multimedia artist, experimental curator, writer, and researcher whose work investigates sounds as cultural objects, the frontiers and borders of digital heritage, the multisensory geography of museums, the psychology of collection, and the human experience of time. Timothy is an artist-filmmaker whose artwork questions the validity of historical and mythological narratives and attempts to amplify marginalised voices.
- Kate Carr and Julie Groves | 3 May, 2pm | Kate makes music about places and our relationship to them. She also runs the record label Flaming Pines. Julie’s work explores notions of performance and audience-ship, physicality and intimacy, and subjectivity and proximity.
- Davide Tidoni | 10 May, 2pm | Davide is a researcher in the field of sound and listening. He is interested in the relational dimension of listening and the uses of sound in everyday life.
Spring Term 2017/18
Curated by Dr. John Wynne
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
- 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, Rhizome.org 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.