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Sound Arts Visiting Practitioners Series 2019

Event date
10 January 2019 - 14 March 2019
Sound Arts Visiting Practitioners Series 2019

10 January - 14 March 2019
Every Thursday at 2pm
Lecture Theatre B (unless otherwise stated)
London College of Communication
Elephant & Castle, London, SE1 6SB.

The event is free and open to all. 
If you do not have a UAL Staff or Student ID please 
email to book a place

This series of visiting speakers is co-hosted by LCC’s department of Sound Arts and Design and UAL's research centre for Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice and curated by Dr John Wynne. The talks take place in Lecture Theatre B (unless otherwise states) at LCC on Thursdays at 2pm until 14 March, Find out more about BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design and MA Sound Arts courses at LCC.

10 January, 2pm
Duncan Speakman

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. 

17 January, 2pm (Room M108)
Jo Thomas

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, richly 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. 

24 January, 2pm 
Wajid Yaseen

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, 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 and his work has been exhibited and performed at the ICA Gallery, Arnolfini, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Whitechapel Gallery, Laban and the Freud Museum amongst others. 

31 January, 2pm 
Jaap Blonk

Jaap Block is a self-taught composer, performer and poet, perhaps best known as a performer for whom voice is the main means for discovery and the development of new sounds. From around the year 2000 Block started work with electronics, at first using samples of his own voice, then extending the field 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 Block 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". 

7 February, 2pm 
Lynne Kendrick

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. 

14 February, 2pm
Jacqueline Gordon

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. 

21 February, 2pm
Gascia Ouzounian

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. 

28 February, 2pm
Nina Garthwaite and Eleanor McDowall

Nina Garthwaite is founder of In The Dark, a media arts organisation best known for its gathered listening events. Run by a collective of audio producers and enthusiasts, In The Dark has gained a reputation around the world for curating, commissioning and celebrating creative audio. Nina also hosted Short Cuts, a long-running series of adventurous audio documentaries on BBC Radio 4. Nina and Eleanor jointly curated a month-long installation at The Barbican called Soundhouse: The Listening Body that explored the multi-sensory experiences of listening and asked what a cinema for sound might be like 

Eleanor McDowall is a Director at Falling Tree Productions, which creates features and documentaries for the BBC and high- profile cultural institutions. McDowall is also the founder of Radio Atlas - an online platform and podcast for subtitled audio documentaries, and the series producer of Short Cuts on Radio 4 

7 March, 2pm
Hannah Catherine Jones 

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. 

14 March 2pm
Christof Migone

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. 

This event is free and open to all.
If you do not have a UAL student or staff ID card please email to book a place.

Image credit: Christof Migone

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