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Sound Arts Visiting Practitioners Series Autumn Term 2019

Event date
3 October 2019 - 5 December 2019 (2.30pm)
Sound Arts Visiting Practitioners Series Autumn Term 2019

Image credit: Christa Holka

3 October - 5 December 2019
Every Thursday at 2.30pm
(except 24 October, 2pm start)
Lecture Theatre B 

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 at least 48 hours ahead of the event 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 Annie Goh. The talks take place in Lecture Theatre B at LCC on Thursdays at 2:30pm (unless otherwise stated) until 5 December, Find out more about BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design and MA Sound Arts courses at LCC.

3 October, 2:30pm
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, 2:30pm 
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. 

We apologise that Edward George has unfortunately had to cancel his presentation.

17 October, 2:30pm
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 showEve 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.

24 October 2:00pm
Special Event guest-curated by Fari Bradley 'Completely in the Present' and 'Girl Chewing Gum' - Double Bill Film Screening and Discussion.
With guest speakers: John Smith (Filmmaker) and Paul Williams (Producer of ‘Completely in the Present’)

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."

Programmed by Fari Bradley (PhD Sound Arts) with the participation of MA Journalism students.

31 October 2:30pm
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 2:30pm
Rocío Garriga 

Rocío 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 2:30pm 
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 2:30pm
Miriam Kolar

Miriam 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 2:30pm
Ximena Alarcón

Ximena 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 2:30pm
Ingrid Plum
Ingrid 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.

This event is free and open to all.

If you do not have a UAL student or staff ID card please email at least 48 hours ahead of the event to book a place.


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