Sound Arts Visiting Practitioners Series

Sound Arts Visiting Practitioners Series

Weekly lectures

A CRiSAP and LCC Sound Arts & Design Department collaboration

At London College of Communication

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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. Registration details are below.

Watch documentation of the lectures included below.

Header image credit: Installation View Darsha Hewitt "High Fidelity Wasteland I: 100 Year Old Quicksilver Cloud (2020) - Photo credit Adam Janisch


Autumn Term – 2021

Curated by Dr. Annie Goh (Associate Lecturer, LCC)

Location: **Online**  |  7 Oct - 9 Dec 2021  | 2.30 - 4.30pm

The Sound Arts Visiting Practitioner Series will continue to be held online for the Autumn Term. The lectures this term will all happen virtually: a mixture of live and pre-recorded sessions with guests appearing for a live Q&A (where available). Join us in our virtual teaching room every Thursday. If you are not a UAL Sound Arts (BA or MA) student, or are an external guest, and would like to attend, please submit your registration here.

7 Oct 2021 | Sam Auinger

Sam Auinger (1956, Linz) is a sonic thinker, composer and sound artist. He lives and works in Berlin since receiving an invitation to the Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD in 1997. His interest is the sonic and auditory as material phenomena that embed information about our shared global interdependence and emotional triggers. Central to his artistic research aims to deepen understanding of acoustic/aural qualities in our urban living environments, precisely public spaces.

He propagates "thinking with the ears". For him, it is a critical daily praxis towards understanding our role in an endangered planetary environment at all levels, from social to environmental. Together with Bruce Odland, he founded O+A in 1989. Their central theme is "hearing perspective," and known for large-scale, public space sound installations that transform city noise in real-time. (Blue Moon 2004 NY/US, Sonic Vista Frankfurt/D since 2011, Symphonie of Resonances documenta 14 Thessaloniki /GR 2017).


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14 Oct 2021 | C-drík aka Cedrik Fermont

Cedrik Fermont is a composer, musician, mastering engineer, author, independent researcher, concert organiser and curator who operates in the field of electroacoustic, noise, electronic, experimental and improvised music since 1989, born in Zaire (DR Congo), he mostly grew up in Belgium and currently lives in Germany. Through his label and platform (Syrphe), Cedrik publishes and promotes electronic, experimental and noise music from Asia and Africa and at a lower extent Latin America.

His writings focus on music from Asia and/or Africa : Sound Art in East and Southeast Asia. Historical and Political Considerations (with Dimitri della Faille) (2020), Power through networking: Reshaping the underground electronic and experimental music scenes in East and Southeast Asia (2015-2016), An introduction to electroacoustic, noise and experimental music in Asia and Africa (2014-2015), Not Your World Music: Noise In South East Asia, book written and edited together with Dimitri della Faille (2016), winner of the 2017 Golden Nica - Prix Ars Electronica in the Digital Musics & Sound Art category.

Cedrik has performed and collaborated with artists across Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He also performs in several projects such as Axiome, Tasjiil Moujahed, Marie Takahashi & Cedrik Fermont, etc.

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21 Oct 2021 | NikNak

An Oram Award-winning and history making storyteller in her own right, Nicole Raymond (NikNak) is devoted to developing her unique practice as a DJ & Turntablist, sound artist/composer, producer, tutor, sound engineer and radio presenter.

She is also a strong advocate for diverse representation in the music industry, especially within DJ/Turntablism culture and music production realms, and for musician wellbeing/mental health.

Based in the UK, you’ll find Nicole digging for vinyl or comic books, gigging, experimenting and sharing her music tastes to diverse audiences, delivering engaging sessions with students to develop their DJ skills, and running/curating events such as "Dub Sirens" and "Melanin".

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28 Oct 2021 | Åsa Stjerna

Åsa Helena Stjerna is a Swedish artist using sound and listening as her artistic modes of exploration. Through her site-specific installations, she explores sound’s potential, making the embedded conditions and underlying narratives connected to a situation perceivable, drawing connections between past and present, local and global, as well as human and more-than human. By this she seeks to reframe the act of listening, evoking a sensibility of places as complex ecologies.

Also active as artistic researcher, she has been specifically interested in exploring the contemporary conditions of sonic situated practice and its ability of being transformative, i.e. what it actually means “to make a difference” in the era of Anthropocene and advanced capitalism. Guided by methodologies of feminism, ecosophy and posthumanism she proposes an understanding of site-specificity as an aesthetic–ethical practice and engagement between specific and diverse “bodies” with agencies—human as well as non-human, spanning across and connecting the material, social, discursive, artistic, and technical realms at the same time in a given situation.

Stjerna has participated in an extensive number of exhibitions internationally and her works include several public permanents commissions. Stjerna represents professorship sound art at Hochschule für bildende Künste in Braunschweig, Germany, 2020-2021


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4 Nov 2021 | Richard Phoenix

Richard Phoenix is an artist whose practice includes painting, music, writing, and collaboration. His current interests include looking at access, learning and structure and how art and music can create spaces that remove barriers and make new forms of normal.

He looks to create nuanced and impactful ways to evaluate and communicate his role in different collaborations: as an associate artist within learning disability arts organisations; a musician within D.I.Y. punk bands; working with school groups within an arts institution; as a “student” within non-institutional arts education.

Recently a part of the Conditions Studio Programme in Croydon, he also works for the learning disability arts organisation Heart n Soul as their Associate Artist. He was an artist-in residence within Tate’s Schools and Teachers department; founded the not-for-profit organisation Constant Flux and wrote DIY as Privilege: A Manifesto which was published by Rough Trade Books in 2020.

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11 Nov 2021 | Lucia Chung

Lucia H Chung is a Taiwanese artist based in London, UK. She holds a Master degree in Sculpture (Distinction) from Winchester School of Art and a PhD degree in Sonic Arts from Goldsmiths, University of London. She performs and releases music under the alias ‘en creux’ where the sound creation springs from her fascinations in noise generated via feedback on digital and analogue equipment, and her role as a ‘mediator-performer’ in the multifaceted relationship between the sonic events incurring within the self-regulated system.

She also works as a broadcaster and an independent curator at Happened. She has curated and organised residency programmes and music events around the UK and Europe, including 3-month Taiwanese Experimental Music residency for Music Hackspace at Somerset House Studios in 2018, Inland virtual residency between Lacking Sound Fest. (Taiwan) and IKLECTIK (UK) in 2020, and a panel discussion on Video Game Music as part of Grounding Practice at Somerset House Studios in 2021.

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18 Nov 2021 | Andrew Pierre Hart

Andrew Pierre Hart's practice is inter-disciplinary based in painting. The main focus of his work is the symbiotic relationship between sound and painting. His practice is an ongoing rhythmic research and play of improvised and spontaneous generative processes, through various mediums: sound, video, performance, found object and image, language, photography and installation, and themes of: improvisation, collective memory, cross-modality, spatialisation, musicality and rhythmology .

Andrew studied MA Painting at The Royal College of Art 2017-19 and BA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art 2014-17. Hart is an associate lecturer on the Painting pathway at Camberwell College and Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art .

Andrew is currently showing at 'Mixing it up Painting today' at The Hayward Gallery. He also presented 'S:3 E:3s The Alter-native Trace ( Bass and Space)' a series of paintings at Frieze London. He was part of ArtAngel's 'Thinking Time ' 20/21 and a resident at Beaconsfield Gallery.

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PARAJANOV REMIX, 2019, Oil and marker on canvas, 100 x 140 cm

25 Nov 2021 | Rebecca Lennon

An artist based in London, Rebecca Lennon works across media to produce large-scale multi-channel sound and video installations, musical releases, performances, texts and visual scores. Using rhythm and musicality within video and sound editing to disturb narrative flow, Rebecca evokes a psychological and neurodivergent relationship to language, words, loops and noise - meditating on memory and its voices, while spatialising layers of sound, vibrations and visceral texts that fragment and repeat. Recent video and texts focus on entanglements of ownership, forms of housing (and their collapse), embodiment, porosity and questions of what constitutes a voice.

Rebecca graduated from the Slade School of Art London MFA in 2010, and is a visiting lecturer at universities such as Arts University Bournemouth and Royal College of Art, London. Upcoming/recent exhibitions include: Cafe Oto, London, 2022, Galeria Duarte Sequiera, Braga, Portugal, 2021, Kaunas Film Festival, Lithuania, 2020 and Whitstable Biennial, 2018 with solo shows at Southwark Park Galleries, London 2021, Primary, Nottingham, 2020, Almanac, Turin, Italy, 2019 and Matts Gallery, London, 2018. Rebecca recently featured in ‘On Care, an anthology of artists writing’, published by MA Bibliotheque, 2020, BBC Late Junction 2019/2020 and on a collection of artist interpretations of scores by writer Salomé Voegelin, released on vinyl in 2022. She is currently pursuing her PhD at Goldsmiths across departments of Fine Art and Music.

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2 Dec 2021 | Hollie Buhagiar

*Cancelled due to official UCU strike action on this day*

Hollie Buhagiar is a multi award-winning Gibraltarian composer based in London, who specialises in crafting bespoke scores for film, TV and Games. She has worked on a plethora of projects for shorts, feature length films and series alongside Grammy and Academy Award winning engineers in the finest studios across London.

Graduating from Leeds College of Music with first-class honours in Music production, Hollie continued on to complete a Masters at the National Film and Television School.

Throughout her career she has been hailed for her unique and varied sonic palette as well as her ability to create fascinating scores that approach traditional composition from a new and exciting perspective. Hollie's experience spans worldwide and includes work for the likes of Amazon, Sky, Channel 4, BFI, NOWNESS, Creative England, Tate, The Guardian, Film London, VICE and BBC. Her projects have received critical acclaim winning various prestigious awards, these include a Porsche Award, a Gold British Arrow and the McLaren Award for Best British Animation, as well as being a two time Unity Awards nominee. She was also honoured with Gibraltar's first ever Extraordinary Achievement Award for her work in the arts.

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9 Dec 2021 | Anke Eckardt

Anke Eckardt is an artist, who also works in teaching, conception and research. After training as a sound engineer, she studied at the University of Arts (UdK) Berlin with Sam Auinger, Holger Schulze and Sabine Sanio. With Christina Kubisch as her mentor, she was an Einstein Foundation scholarship holder at the Graduate School for the Arts and Sciences at the UdK Berlin. Anke Eckardt utilises sound, light, objects and text in her multimedia installations. Her works are presented internationally, including at the Goethe-Institut Paris, Ars Electronica in Linz, Enlighten Festival in Manchester, TodaysArt Festival in The Hague, CTM Festival Berlin. In 2017-2020 Anke Eckardt held the Professorship in Sound at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and in 2019-2020 she was also a professor for Sound Art at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Music Mainz. Anke is currently artistically mentoring the Chronotopia Echoes project in Athens, as well as the Female Artist Award 2022 Digital Art for the Women's Cultural Office of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Spring and Summer Term 2022

These schedules will be released later in the year.





Summer Term – 2021

Curated by Dr. Annie Goh (Associate Lecturer, LCC)

Location: **Online**  |  15 Apr - 20 May 2021  | 2.30 - 4.30pm

Due to the uncertainty caused by the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic, the Sound Arts Visiting Practitioner Series will continue to be held online for the Summer Term. The lectures this term will all happen virtually: a mixture of live and pre-recorded sessions with guests appearing for a live Q&A (where available).

Join us in our virtual teaching room every Thursday;

15 April 2021 | Khyam Allami

Khyam Allami (born in Damascus 1981) is an Iraqi-British multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, researcher and founder of Nawa Recordings. Primarily a performer of the Oud, his artistic research focuses on the development of contemporary and experimental repertoire based on the fundamentals of Arabic music, with a focus on tuning and microtonality. He holds a BA and Masters in Ethnomusicology from SOAS, University of London and is currently completing an M4C/AHRC funded PhD in composition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University. This three year practice-based research degree will see him explore the application of contemporary acoustic, electro-acoustic and electronic compositional techniques and processes to Arabic music through the use of technology and various instrumentation. His recent commissions include Requiem for the 21st Century, an immersive Oud-based installation for Opera North (Leeds, UK), and an upcoming string quartet for JACK quartet (NYC, USA).


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22 April 2021 | Jana Winderen

Jana Winderen is an artist who currently lives and works in Norway. Her practice pays particular attention to audio environments and to creatures which are hard for humans to access, both physically and aurally – deep under water, inside ice or in frequency ranges inaudible to the human ear. Her activities include site-specific and spatial audio installations and concerts, which have been exhibited and performed internationally in major institutions and public spaces. Recent work includes 'The Art of Listening: Underwater' for Audemar Piguet at Art Basel, Miami, 'Rising Tide' at Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo, 'Listening with Carp' for Now is the Time in Wuzhen, 'Through the Bones' for Thailand Art Biennale in Krabi, 'bára' for TBA21_Academy, 'Spring Bloom in the Marginal Ice Zone' for Sonic Acts and Ultrafield for MoMA, New York. In 2011 she won the Golden Nica at Ars Electronica for Digital Musics & Sound Art. She releases her audio-visual work on Touch (UK).

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29 April | Tatsuya Takahashi

In his ten years at Korg Tokyo, synthesizer engineer Tatsuya Takahashi brought us the Monotrons, the Volcas, the Minilogue, and many more before leaving on a three-year hiatus from mass-produced synthesizers to work on smaller scale productions. Takahashi now returns to KORG to set up and run its newly established lab, KORG Berlin.


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6 May | DeForrest Brown Jr

DeForrest Brown, Jr. is an Ex-American theorist, journalist, and curator. He produces digital audio and extended media as Speaker Music and is a representative of the Make Techno Black Again campaign. On Juneteenth of 2020, he released the album Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry on Planet Mu. His debut book ‘Assembling a Black Counter Culture’ (Primary Information, 2021) is a general history of techno and adjacent electronic music with a focus on Black experiences in industrialized labor systems, and explores the development of on-the-ground culture in relation to a unique American art form.

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13 May | Bishi Bhattacharya

BISHI is a singer, electronic rock-sitarist, composer, producer, and performer born in London of Bengali heritage. As a multi-instrumentalist, she has been trained in both Hindustani and Western Classical styles and studied the sitar under Gaurav Mazumdar, a senior disciple of Ravi Shankar. BISHI has written, performed and released two albums and five EP's on her own label Gryphon Records to critical acclaim. Her most recent single 'Don't Shoot The Messenger,' was produced by Tony Visconti. BISHI is the founder of WITCiH: The Women in Technology Creative Industries Hub, a platform elevating Womxn in Tech. She launched the podcast 'Creative Women in Tech,' in May 2020.

BiISHI's collaborations and commissions for the stage include; The London Symphony Orchestra, The Kronos Quartet, Yoko Ono’s ‘Meltdown’, The Science Gallery, Joanna McGregor, Nick Knight's SHOWstudio’, a film collaboration with fashion designer Manish Arora, and recorded collaborations with Sean Ono Lennon, Tony Visconti, Jarvis Cocker, Daphne Guinness & City of London Sinfonia as a Tanpura soloist on Jonny Greenwood's Water.' BISHI produced LANDR's first-ever Sitar Sample pack.

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20 May | Robin Buckley

As an artist and musician, rkss (Robin Buckley) takes a critical approach to music with their experimental productions, using sound as a series of gestures to explore complex socio-political issues by working with and pushing against social contexts. Their releases Brostep in the Style of Florian Hecker and DJ Tools (UIQ) - named one of Pitchfork’s experimental albums of the year - resist categorisation while questioning established hierarchies within electronic music. Robin has recently performed at the ICA, Mutek Montréal, Stroom Den Haag, Sonic Acts, Mutek Argentina, Café OTO, Schiev Festival and LUFF Festival. As a theorist, Robin has delivered lectures on their ideas about the political and social contexts of music at the Tate, Goldsmiths College, University of London and as part of the New Contemporaries at the South London Gallery. As a visiting lecturer they have delivered lectures and seminars as part of the BA Fine Art course at Central Saint Martins and they have contributed to the International Computer Music Association’s journal ARRAY.

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Spring Term – 2021

Curated by Annie Goh (Associate Lecturer, LCC)

Location: **Online**  |  14 Jan - 25 Mar 2020  | 2.30 - 4.30pm

Due to the uncertainty caused by the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic, the Sound Arts Visiting Practitioner Series will continue to be held online for the Spring Term. The lectures this term will all happen virtually: a mixture of live and pre-recorded sessions with guests appearing for a live Q&A (where available).

Join us in our virtual teaching room every Thursday;

14 Jan 2021 | Kate Hopkins is one of the most accomplished sound editors in the country. She has worked on all genres of tv and film but being in Bristol, the home of the BBC Natural History Unit, Natural History films became her speciality. Her meticulous and imaginative sound design, as well as her dedication to the industry, have been recognised many times for groundbreaking films like “Blue Planet II” and “Frozen Planet”. She has worked on many Wildlife on Ones, Natural Worlds, Life in Cold Blood, Life in the Undergrowth for the BBC as well as films for National Geographic and the Discovery Channel. She is particularly proud of her Prime Time Emmy for Sound Editing and The Technicolor Creative Technology Award for Women in Film and Television (2014). She has won 3 BAFTAs and has been nominated 19 times, alongside 4 Emmys and 2 RTS awards as well as many others awards in the field of Sound Editing both here in the UK and abroad. She has recently been working on projects for Disney+, Apple TV and Netflix.

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21 Jan 2021 | Annea Lockwood’s compositions range from sound art and environmental sound installations to concert music. Recent works include Becoming Air, co-composed with Nate Wooley, trumpet, Wild Energy with Bob Bielecki - a site-specific installation focused on geophysical, atmospheric and mammalian infra and ultra sound sources, permanently installed at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah New York, and Into the Vanishing Point, co-composed with the ensemble Yarn/Wire – a meditation on the large-scale disappearance of insect populations. Water has been a recurring focus of her work and her three installation sound maps of rivers: The Hudson River, the Danube and the Housatonic River have been widely presented. Her music has been issued on CD, vinyl and online on the Gruenrekorder, Black Truffle, Superior Viaduct, Lovely Music, New World, Ambitus, 3Leaves, XI, EM and other labels. She is a recipient of the SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States) Lifetime Award 2020.

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28 Jan 2021 | AGF aka Antye Greie-Ripatti a sound artist and electronic music producer. Her work inhabits an augmented space where pounding {Berlin} experimental after-techno, spoken word, abstract video art, feminism and radical ecology create a self-sustaining environment. Originally from East Germany, she started to develop a DIY approach early on, while also using her voice to fight against oppression by supporting marginalized communities and calling out injustice, most recently through female:pressure, a support community and promotional platform for female-identified electronic musicians. Currently based in Northern Finland, Antye founded the local arts organization Hai Art in Hailuoto. Since its inception in 2011, Hai Art has been involved in numerous sound-related projects, focusing on working with children. Antye acts as its director, curator and workshop instructor. Active since the early 90's, she has collaborated with strong names in electronic music such as French pioneer Eliane Radigue, German legends Gudrun Gut and Ellen Allien, British avantgardist Kaffe Matthews, Finnish IDM treasure Vladislav Delay and classical composer Craig Armstrong.

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4 Feb 2021 | Marlo De Lara | Born in Baltimore, Maryland,USA, artist Marlo De Lara received a PhD at the University of Leeds and an MA in Psychosocial Studies at the Centre of Psychoanalytic Studies at Essex. Her practice works within the realms of sound performance, visual distraction, and film. Often under the moniker ‘marlo eggplant’, her textural compositions develop from microscopic tone landscapes into dense and expansive states of noise. Her works aim to blur the definitions of the (un)intentional and the myth of permanence. Using found objects, installation, and various forms of amplification, environments/structures use sound to impart meaning and affect for the participant. As the child of Filipino migrants of the ‘brain drain’ coming of age, De Lara’s unabashed feminist sociopolitical practice/research editorializes on contemporary global conditions. Her investigations on art collectives and creative work as political action fuels Ladyz in Noyz, an international arts collective that promotes emerging artists/musicians who are women.

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11 Feb 2021 | Pedro Oliveira is a researcher, sound artist, and educator whose work deals with the articulations of listening and violence in the policing of border and urban spaces. He is currently a Postdoctoral fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, continuing his research project exploring the politics of voice and accent in asylum seeking processes, with a particular focus on biometric data collection and testing. Previous residencies include the Max-Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, IASPIS and Elektronmusikstudion both in Stockholm. He holds a PhD from the University of the Arts Berlin and is also a founding member of Decolonising Design.


18 Feb 2021 | Daisuke Ishida (1980, Tokyo) is an artist, based in Berlin since 2004, working with sound and contemporary media. His works explore the boundaries of ephemeral and time based media to open up new perspectives on spatialities, while his understanding of space extends from the physical, to the social and political realm. He strives to induce a multitude of complex individual experiences of space, that cause the spectator to reassess his/her/their understanding, position and relation to their physical and conceptual environment.

Since 2020, he is a professor of Sound Art / Klangkunst at the master’s program Sound Studies and Sonic Arts in the Berlin University of the Arts. He was a recipient of the Work stipends New Music and Sound Art by the Berlin Senate in 2017. In 2002 he co-founded The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA which has received Honorary Mention of the Prix Ars Electronica 2004 and 2019, Stiftung Niedersachsen work stipends 2009 at Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst and Grant from the Saxon State Minister for Higher Education, Research and the Arts at Cynetart Awards 2018.

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25 Feb 2021 | Sung Tieu’s (*1987 in Hai Duong, Vietnam) work takes place at the intersection of her personal experiences, global history, cultural incursions of dematerialised art traditions. Her practice addresses Post-Cold War histories and the diasporic experience of unfixed temporal and spatial certainties.

Her minimal and yet immersive sound and video installations, sculptures, performances and public interventions result from her research into state-imposed power structures, working through and with spatial dislocation while paying attention to the exhibition as a complex space of sensorial experience.

Recent solo exhibitions include What is your |x|?, at Emalin (London, UK, 2020); Zugzwang, at Haus der Kunst (Munich, DE, 2020) and In Cold Print, at Nottingham Contemporary (Nottingham, UK, 2020). Forthcoming solo exhibitions in 2021 include Kunstmuseum Bonn and Gesellschaft für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig; forthcoming group exhibitions include Though It’s Dark, I Still Sing, 34th São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, INFORMATION (Today), Kunsthalle Basel, Basel and Taipei Fine Arts Museum (all 2021).


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Sung Tieu, What is your |x|?, 2020. Courtesy the artist and Emalin, London. Photo: Plastiques.

4 March 2021 | Madison Moore, Ph.D. (American Studies, Yale), is an artist-scholar, DJ and assistant professor of Queer Studies in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He is creative director and resident DJ at OPULENCE, a queer techno party and art-collective based in London. madison is the author of Fabulous: The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018), a cultural analysis of fabulousness. With vigor, grace and humor, in Fabulous madison describes the ways marginalized people stride through their annihilation, turning pain and struggle into opulence. He has been a featured artist at the Perth Festival, The School of Life Melbourne, American Realness, the Philadelphia Museum of Art among other arts venues. madison is currently at work on a new book project on rave scenes and queer of color undergrounds.




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11 March 2021 Robert Henke is a composer, artist and software developer, mainly known for his contributions to electronic music and for his laser works. His audiovisual installations are based on self-written software and explore a fragile balance between determination and chance operations to create complex behaviours and endless variations in expression. His musical work oscillates between ambient, contemporary music and club. His long-term project Monolake became one of the key icons of a new electronic club culture emerging in Berlin after the fall of the Wall. He is one of the main creators of Ableton Live, a software which became the standard for music production and completely redefined performance of electronic music. He writes and lectures about the creative use of computers and held teaching positions at CCRMA/Stanford University, at IRCAM, and the Studio National des Arts Contemporains - Le Fresnoy, in Lille, France. His works have been presented at Tate Modern in London, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, Le Lieu Unique in Nantes, PS-1 in New York, MUDAM in Luxembourg, MAK in Vienna, Palazzo Grassi in Venice, Art Gallery of New South Wales in Australia, KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, STRP Biennale in Eindhoven, and on countless festivals including Unsound, CTM, MUTEK, Sonar, New Forms Festival.



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18 March 2021 | Echo Ho is a Beijing-born, Cologne-based sound artist with an interdisciplinary approach. At various domains intersect, she consistently consolidates very different elements from diverse media and genres. Her artwork search for poetic devices in refractions of multiple realities in all its manifold within the transformational process. During the past decade, Ho mainly worked on a body of work-SlowQin, a hybrid resemblance of the qin, a unique Chinese instrument with a musical history over three Millennia. Undertaken open-end rethinking process reinventing the qin adapted for electro-acoustic music creation and performance today. In her current PhD research at the Tangible Music Lab in Linz, reimaging the antique "fingering model", designed as a series of charts, facilitates multisensory engagement. The fingering technique classification links to the origins of sound and motion from nonhuman species in the natural world. Served as "templates for action", guiding qin performer in self-cultivation of the sensibility required to perceive and conduct cosmic patterns through music.



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25 March 2021 | Janine Francois is a rising Black British Feminist, Critic and Writer and is known for her insightful, critical but piercing perspectives on race and social justice. Janine practices deconstructs whiteness (and race) within cultural and academic institutions by way of writing, curating/ producing, research, teaching and consultancy.

Janine is now the Acting Course Leader for the undergraduate course, BA Culture, Criticism and Curation at Central Saint Martins and has set up the University of the Arts London first-ever Hip-Hop Cultures module. As well as establishing the Royal College of Art’s first-ever Hip-Hop Studies reading group as a Visiting Lecturer. Janine is also a Ph.D candidate at University of Bedfordshire/ Tate, exploring if Tate can be a safer space to discuss issues of race and cultural differences within a teaching and learning context? Janine’s research is set to complete her research in October 2022 and is funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council. She is also 1 of 30 Black Caribbean students funded by AHRC during the period of 2016-2019.

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Autumn Term – 2020

Curated by Dr. Annie Goh (Associate Lecturer, LCC)

Location: **Online**  |  22 Oct - 17 Dec 2020  | 2.30 - 4.30pm

Due to ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Sound Arts Visiting Practitioner Series will continue to be held online for the Autumn Term. The lectures this term will all happen virtually: a mixture of live and pre-recorded sessions with guests appearing for a live Q&A (where available).

Join us in our virtual teaching room every Thursday;

Header image credit: Installation View Darsha Hewitt "High Fidelity Wasteland I: 100 Year Old Quicksilver Cloud (2020) - Photo credit Adam Janisch

22 October 2020 | Jessica Ekomane | is a Berlin-based electronic musician and sound artist. Through live performances and installations, she creates situations where the sound acts as a transformative element for the space and the audience. Her quadraphonic performances, characterized by their physical affect, seek catharsis through the interplay of psychoacoustics, the perception of rhythmic structures and the interchange of noise and melody. Her ever-changing and immersive sonic landscapes are grounded in questions such as the relationship between individual perception and collective dynamics or the investigation of listening expectations and their societal roots. Important Records released her first LP in 2019.

In 2019 Ekomane was one of Happelman's collaborators for her installation at the German pavilion of the Venice Biennale and part of the SHAPE Platform roaster. In 2017 she was a BCR [INCUBATOR] resident and now hosts “Open Sources” on Cashmere Radio. Her work has been presented across Asia, Australia and Europe.

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29 October 2020 | Lisa Busby | Lisa Busby is a Scottish composer, vocalist, and improviser; born in Paisley, based in London. Situated across experimental music, performance art, and pop song, her practice often utilises the found and the prosaic, and manifests in various entangled modes – recorded composition, live improvisation for sound/body, performance video, non-standard scoring/notation, and long duration/site specific work. Instrumentally she works with voice, turntables, hardware and software electronics, and lapsteel.

Currently, Lisa is taking part in the Sound and Music programme New Voices [UK] and is participating in the Social Acoustics Research Project at the University of Bergen [Norway]. She performs and composes with the band Rutger Hauser, and has an active movement, voice and sound collaboration with Lou Barnell. She is part of SE London music collective and record label The Lumen Lake; and is a member of the art/education/politics group Common Study based at Somerset House Studios.

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5 November 2020 | Darsha Hewitt | A lot can be learned about the values of capitalist culture by critically investigating the materiality of the machines, processes and practices of technology that consumer society throws away. In its deconstructed form, everyday obsolete domestic technology exposes the confounding ways that humans treat one another and how we engage with our built and natural environments.

Darsha Hewitt’s art practice is situated across new media and sound studies and largely grows out of empirical material based experimentation with obsolete technology. She make electro-mechanical sound installation, performances with hand-made electronics, video, drawing and photography. Her studio practice and teaching methods alike take an adventurous hands-on /media-archeological approach to art making, where hidden systems within technology are de/re-mystified as a means to trace out structures of economy, power and control embedded throughout western culture.

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12 November 2020 | Electric Indigo | Electric Indigo, DJ, composer, musician, has performed in 45 countries across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. She represents an intelligent and distinguished interpretation of techno and electronic music and founded the transnational female:pressure network. Her DJ-sets are characterized by a wide variety with a clarity of vision and a depth that comes from a deep understanding of the music and the art of DJing. As a composer and musician, she creates music for concert spaces and clubs, and occasionally for stage plays and short films. In her compositions and live performances, she emphasizes the spatial placement and precise structures of subtly elaborated sounds, often generated with granular synthesis. She premiered her works at festivals like Wien Modern, Musikprotokoll, CTM or Heroines of Sound and composed for Klangforum Wien. Her new album "Ferrum" was released on Editions Mego in March 2020. The Republic of Austria awarded her the Kunstpreis Musik 2020.

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19 November 2020 | Joel Stern | Joel Stern is a curator, researcher, and artist living and working on Wurundjeri land in Melbourne, Australia. Since 2013, Stern has been Artistic Director at Liquid Archi­tec­ture, a leading Aus­tralian organ­i­sa­tion that creates spaces for sonic expe­ri­ence and crit­i­cal listening at the inter­sec­tion of con­tem­po­rary art and exper­i­men­tal music. In addition to Liquid Architecture, Stern has led numerous independent organisations including: Oth­er­Film, a col­lec­tive working with artists moving image and the legacy of avant-garde cinema; and Instrument Builders Project, a workshop, residency, exhibition series featuring artists, musicians and craftspeople from across Australia and Asia.

In 2018, with critical legal scholar James Parker, Stern curated Eavesdropping, an expansive project connecting Liquid Archi­tec­ture, Mel­bourne Law School, Ian Potter Museum of Art, and City Gallery Wellington. Stern’s PhD thesis ‘Eavesdropping: The Politics, Ethics, and Art of Listening’ was completed through the Cura­to­r­ial Prac­tice program at Monash University, where he also teaches on sonic art.

26 November 2020 | Shanti Suki Osman | Shanti Suki Osman is a Berlin-based artist and educator working with song, sound and radio, exploring the topics of identities, privilege, anti-racism and feminisms. She is research associate and teacher for Musicology at Humboldt University, Berlin and doctoral candidate for Music Pedagogy at Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg focusing on women* of colour in higher education. Residencies and recent song and sound work include: Late Nights in Squat Bars (2008 - today); Hidden Stories (2016 - 2018); Sonic Cyberfeminisms Residency, (Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge 2018); The Hearing Test (English Theater Berlin, 2018); Hidden Library Stories: Magret und Nasreen (sonntagsbureau, 2018); SenseUs (London College of Communication, CRiSAP, 2018); Chipping Away (I AM NOT A FORTUNE COOKIE, ACUD, 2018); An Ode to Usha (Songs We Taught Your Mother, ausland, 2018); My Radiophonic Spaces (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2018) Future Sounds (Akademie der Autodidakten, Ballhaus Naunynstr, 2019); Untraining The Ear: A Perfect Fit (Savvy, Berlin, 2020); Radical Mutation: Voicing Up, Iterations (Hebbel Am Ufer, Berlin, 2020).

3 December 2020 | Yassmin V Foster | Yassmin V. Foster is a Stuart Hall PhD Scholar in the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies, at Goldsmiths University of London 2018–2024. She holds a BA (Hons) Anthropology and Media, MA Choreomundus – International master in Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage. Yassmin is a scholar, artist, academic and sound (system) woman based in the London, United Kingdom (UK). She is a proponent of work that challenges the supposition that movement and dance created by Black people are unworthy of scholarly investigation and validity. Yassmin has worked progressively in the arts and culture sector since 1992 and has presented her research across the UK, and in the US. Her current research investigates “The Kinetic Architectural Experience of Black People Through Lovers’ Rock in Britain, 1970 – 1980”.  She champions interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and multi art-form collaborative journey's, whilst advocating for dance as intangible cultural heritage.

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10 December 2020 | Alexandra Hamilton-Ayres | Alexandra Hamilton-Ayres is a film composer and classical electronic artist represented by Manners McDade.

Her most recent film composition work includes BAFTA and BIFA-nominated director, Douglas King’s Do No Harm and recently completed her debut feature score. Alexandra was selected to be on the 19/20 BAFTA Crew x BFI Network and is an active member of the Alliance of Women Film Composers. As a solo artist and multi-instrumentalist, she performs mainly piano and live electronics. Alexandra’s passions lie in the duality between the classical and electronica worlds, moving picture and her love for the piano. She has performed all over UK alongside artists such as Talvin Singh, Melissa Parmenter, Gabríel Ólafs, Mara Simpson, Throwing Snow and TSHA. 2019 also saw her debut release as an artist 19-88. As a keen collaborator Alexandra has released with several artists, collaborations including Fuchsklang Musik’s Phaebel. 2020 sees the release of her album 2 Years Stranger drawing the listener into a unique personal story.

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17 December 2020 | Leslie Gaston-Bird Leslie brings over 30 years of audio engineering experience to her work. She currently specializes in mixing feature-length films and documentaries in stereo and 5.1, and is currently adding Dolby Atmos workflows to her arsenal. She is a Governor-at-Large for the Audio Engineering Society, author of Women in Audio and is working on her doctorate on immersive workflows at the University of Surrey’s IoSR (Institute of Sound Recording).

Recent movies she’s worked on include Rent-a-Pal (IFC Midnight), Leap of Faith (a documentary on the making of The Exorcist featuring director William O. Friedkin with premieres at BFI, Sundance and La Biennale Di Venezia), and many others as found on her IMdB page.



Summer Term – 2020

Curated by Dr. Annie Goh (Associate Lecturer, LCC)

Location: **Online** due to college closure during the Covid-19 crisis

  • If you're a BA or MA Sound Arts student, you’ll find the link on the ‘Sound Arts’ programme page on Moodle.
  • For all other UAL staff and students, and any external guests who would like to join online, please register via email with your full name and a brief sentence about your interest in the lecture to a.goh[at] (no less than 48h before).

When: Thursdays 23 April - 28 May 2020 at 2.30-4.30pm




  • 23 April | Mari Matsutoya | Currently residing in Berlin, Mari Matsutoya’s work reflects on the mediation between cultures and languages, interfacing between genres and existing structures, often focusing on the miscommunication and glitches that occur in their translation from one to the other. Having first studied German language and literature at King’s College London and then fine art and sound at the University of Arts Berlin, her focus is on language and speech as mirrors to reality and as a medium that sits right on the fence between the visual and the sonic. Her current focus is on the medium of the voice as actor. It functions between subjective and objective bodies, between the every-day and your desires, between dimensions, between now and a million years from now, between IRL and imagined worlds. Previous shows and performances include the Barbican, Galerie Arndt Berlin, Mutek Japan and transmediale/CTM festival
  • 30 April | Rebecca Lee | Rebecca Lee is a musician and composer based at Primary, making work across performance, installation and sound. With a particular focus on experimental forms of narrative or time in place and performance, and often drawing on written forms, she uses improvisation, an exploration of scores and DIY music tech, combining of disparate musical materials, forms or instruments. She has been commissioned by Radar, Nottingham Contemporary, National Trust, (Belton House & Biddulph Grange Gardens), Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, SYSON and shown work at Full of Noises, Aid and Abet, MoHA, Austin, and Barracao Maravilha, Rio. Rebecca performs with Marie Thompson or as Bredbeddle across the UK including TOPH // Tusk Fringe, Wysing Polyphonic, Nottingham Contemporary, SARU, Primary, Artefact, Front Horse, JT Soar and Rammel Club. She recently completed Sherds, performance in five-verses with Nastassja Simensky, with an ensemble including Sophie Cooper and Kelly Jayne Jones in a semi-staged piece that combined period instruments, audio-manipulation, text and extended song-forms.


  • 7 May | Budhaditya Chattopadhyay | Budhaditya Chattopadhyay is a contemporary artist, researcher, and writer. Incorporating diverse media, such as sound, text, and moving image, Chattopadhyay produces works for large-scale installation and live performance addressing contemporary issues of climate crisis, human intervention in the environment and ecology, urbanity, migration, race and decolonization. Chattopadhyay has been a Charles Wallace scholar and Prince Claus grantee; he has received numerous fellowships, residencies and international awards. His works have been widely exhibited, performed or presented across the globe. Chattopadhyay’s writings regularly appear on peer-reviewed journals, magazines, and other publications internationally, with two books forthcoming. Chattopadhyay holds a PhD in Artistic Research and Sound Studies from the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden University, and an MA in Media, Communication and Cultural Studies from Aarhus University; he recently completed a one-year postdoctoral fellowship.


  • 14 May | Syma Tariq and Katherine MacBride (CRiSAP PhD students) – split presentation | Syma Tariq is a PhD researcher at CRiSAP, University of Arts London. Her academic work is concerned with the “artefactualisation” of voices in archives, and the silences produced by colonial erasure, using the 1947 Partition as a sonic environment and "limit case". She has long had an interest in sound and its relation to politics, by way of her experience in radio journalism, music promotion and artist projects and exhibitions in Europe and South Asia. She has co-produced radio pieces with Rabat-based Radio Apartment 22 since 2015, with two ongoing projects – Café Univers and R22 is Burning – exploring political themes through the form of collaborative audio and live-recorded conversations. Katherine MacBride is an artist. She works with performance, installation, writing, video, sound, and event making, with and without institutions. Much of her practice focuses on relational entanglements, listening across and being attentive to difference, and working creatively towards an ethics of inseparability and interdependency. Collaboration and supportive practices are important to her: currently this involves editing other people’s writing, and doing admin, space-making, and queer collectivity with Tender Center. She has previously worked as an artist, care worker, and art therapist in a range of public and voluntary sector organisations. Katherine is in first year of a PhD in CRiSAP researching feminist and decolonial listening practices.


  • 21 May | Luz María Sánchez | Luz María Sánchez (Mexico) is a transdisciplinary artist, writer, and scholar. She holds a Doctorate in Art by Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB). Her books include Sonar. Navigation/Exploration of Sound in the XX Century Contemporary Art Practices (Spanish. UAM: 2018), Electronic Samuel Beckett: Cochlear Samuel Beckett,  (Spanish. UAM: 2016), The Technological Epiphanies of Samuel Beckett: Machines of Inscription and Audiovisual Manipulation (Bilingual. Fonca/Futura: 2016). Among the curators that have worked with Sánchez are Ryszard Kluszczynski, Yuko Hasegawa, Morten Søndergaard/Peter Weibel, Amada Cruz, Cheryl Haines and Amanda de la Garza among others. Sánchez’s work operates in the political sphere. Her artworks have been presented at ZKM, Karlsruhe; WRO Art Center, Wroclaw; Goldsmiths, London; Centro de Cultura Contemporánea CCCB, Barcelona; Illinois State Museum, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Bogota; and in Mexico City at the Laboratorio de Arte Alameda, X-Teresa Arte Actual, Museum of Modern Art, and Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo MUAC.


  • 28 May | Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson (Discwoman) | Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson is a co-founder of Discwoman, an agency focused on representing and promoting women and nonbinary artists. She grew up in London and has been based in NYC for the past 10 years working in various jobs within music, fashion and food service that have shaped her political standpoint that is heavily embedded in her work. In 2017 she co-founded Dance Liberation an organization dedicated to repealing an 90+ year old dance ban in NYC that was successfully overturned. She also works as the booker at Brooklyn techno club Bossa Nova Civic Club and founder of Dweller, a festival platforming underground black artists.




Spring Term – 2020

Curated by Dr. Annie Goh (Associate Lecturer, LCC)

Location: Lecture Theatre B | 2:30pm – 4:30pm, London College of Communication

Non-UAL staff/student who would like to attend the lectures please contact (no less than 48h before)


  • 9 January | Evan Ifekoya | London-based Evan Ifekoya (b.1988 Nigeria) is an artist-healer teacher researcher who through archival and sonic investigations considers blackness in abundance and the reparative potential of art and movement. They established the collectively run and QTIPOC led Black Obsidian Sound System (B.O.S.S.) in 2018, and in 2019 won the Kleinwort Hambros Emerging Artists Prize. Currently, they are in a deep period of study developing their healing practice, working with a number of leading ancestral and shamanic healing practitioners. Recently their work has been presented at: Gasworks, De Appel Amsterdam, ICA London, Serpentine Galleries, Camden Arts Centre, La Casa Encendida, KW Institute and Wysing Arts Centre.


  • 16 January | Chooc Ly Tan | Chooc Ly Tan is a French-born Afro/Vietnamese/Cambodian artist and DJ. Tan’s practice sets out to use systems or tools that are used to understand the world, such as logic or physics, but subvert them to suggest new visions of reality. Recently her work has been shown at Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China; Fondation Boghossian, Brussels; and Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, UAE.As a DJ, she is not limited by a specific genre, though she has a penchant for infectious and futuristic club music. Chooc Ly recently played at Swallow, a queer nightclub in LA; Regenerative Feedback at WORM, Rotterdam; Yellow Peril • Diaspora Disco x Eastern Margins x Chinabot, at The Yard, London; Chale Wote Festival in Accra, Ghana; and the Living Art Museum, in Reykjavik, Iceland.She also runs a club night called Décalé, a platform that puts on evenings of experimental, collapsing and flawless sounds/visuals.
  • 23 January | Jennifer Walshe | “The most original compositional voice to emerge from Ireland in the past 20 years” (The Irish Times) and “Wild girl of Darmstadt” (Frankfurter Rundschau), composer and performer Jennifer Walshe was born in Dublin, Ireland. Her music has been commissioned, broadcast and performed all over the world. She has been the recipient of fellowships and prizes from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York; the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm, the Internationales Musikinstitut, Darmstadt and Akademie Schloss Solitude among others. Recent projects include Aisteach, a fictional history of avant-garde music in Ireland; EVERYTHING IS IMPORTANT, a work for voice, string quartet and film commissioned by theArditti Quartet; and TIME TIME TIME, an opera written in collaboration with the philosopher Timothy Morton, which has been touring to critical acclaim. ALL THE MANY PEOPLS, her second solo album, was released on Migro Records in May 2019. Walshe is currently Professor of Experimental Performance at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Stuttgart.


  • 30 January | Andrea Zarza Canova | Andrea Zarza Canova is an archivist and curator with a degree in philosophy. Born in Madrid, Spain, she has lived in London since 2011, and works as a curator at the British Library Sound Archive. She has worked at the Deep Listening Institute (Kingston, NY, USA), at the Pacific Radio Archives (Los Angeles, CA, USA) and with the London Musicians’ Collective Archive at the University of the Arts London Archive and Special Collections Centre. She has curated listening spaces with archival sound recordings as part of David Byrne’s Meltdown Festival (Southbank Centre, London), the No Play! exhibition at nGbK (Berlin, Germany) and for a solo exhibition at Rhubaba (Edinburgh, U.K.). Her record label, Mana Records, run with Matthew Kent, publishes works at the intersection of contemporary and archival sound. She has produced programmes for NTS Radio and Radio Reina Sofía.


  • 13 February | Khairani Barokka | Khairani Barokka is an Indonesian writer, poet, and artist whose work has been presented extensively, in fifteen countries. She is a PhD by practice researcher in Goldsmiths’ Visual Cultures Department and Modern Poetry in Translation's Inaugural Poet-In-Residence. Among her honours, she was an NYU Tisch Departmental Fellow and is a UNFPA Indonesian Young Leader Driving Social Change. Okka is creator of stage works such as Edinburgh Fringe show Eve and Mary Are Having Coffee, and performance installations Annah: Nomenclature (ICA, 2018) and Selected Annahs (SALTS Basel, 2018; an Artforum Must-See). She is most recently co-editor of Saboteur-nominated Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches), author-illustrator of Indigenous Species (Tilted Axis), and author of Rope (Nine Arches). Work is published widely, in Poetry Review, The New Inquiry, and other journals, anthologies and art books.


  • 20 February | Edward George | *Please note this lecture was cancelled due to UCU Strike action on this date*
    Edward George is a writer, researcher, and presenter of Black Audio Film Collective’s ground-breaking science fiction documentary Last Angel of History. Edward is a founder of Black Audio Film Collective (1982-1998), the multimedia duo Flow Motion (1996-present), and the electronic music group Hallucinator (1998-present). He presents ‘The Sound of Music’ on Threads Radio and ‘The Strangeness of Dub’ on Morley Radio.


  • 27 February | Paul Purgas | Paul Purgas is a London based artist and musician working with sound, performance and installation. Originally trained as an architect he has presented projects with Wysing Arts Centre, Serpentine and Kettle’s Yard and curated programmes with the De La Warr Pavilion and Spike Island. He is one half of the electronic music project Emptyset working with electroacoustic and computer music, radio transmission and spatialised sound, presenting commissions with the Architecture Foundation, David Roberts Art Foundation, V&A and Tate Britain's Performing Architectureprogramme. Their recent studio album Blossoms was released on Thrill Jockey in 2019 with live performances taking place at Wien Modern, Unsound and CTM/Transmediale.


  • 5 March | Rebecca Lee *Please note this lecture was cancelled due to UCU Strike action on this date*
  • 12 March | Madison Moore *Please note this lecture was cancelled due to UCU Strike action on this date*




Autumn Term 2019

Curated by Dr. 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 (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.




Spring Term – 2019

Curated by Dr. John Wynne

Location: Lecture Theatre B, London College of Communication

2.30pm – 4.30pm

Non-UAL staff/student who would like to attend the lectures please contact John Wynne


  • 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.




Autumn Term – 2018

Curated by Dr. John Wynne

Location: Lecture Theatre B, London College of Communication

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 2018

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.


  • 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

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.