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Events

 

Research Events

 

 
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Past Events

Thursday 8th June 2017, 10am-7pm
METABODY 2017 Kent - Ontohacking Workshop conducted by Jaime del Val
Galvanising Shop Performance Space at Historic Dockyard Chatham.


Ontopolitics of perception in the Algoricene: Ecologies of indeterminacy in the Big Data Era
International Metabody Forum - IMF 2017

On Thursday 8th June, Jaime del Val, one of the most significant artists/ philosophers in Europe working at the transdisciplinary frontiers of body, subjectivity and the algorecene will present METABODY 2017 Kent - Ontohacking Workshop: Ontopolitics of perception in the Algoricene: Ecologies of indeterminacy in the Big Data Era. In the School of Music and Fine Art’s This workshop would offer participants a unique opportunity to explore some of the key questions driving current trans-disciplinary and practice based research through active participation with a leader in the field. This would enable artists and researchers alike to develop and test their research methods, and gain valuable insight into trans-disciplinary and practice based research processes and collaborative practice based investigation, thus opening up the potential of futurity, navigation and speculation within practice as research.

In the Big Data Era new threats to plurality emerge as strategies of preemption and modulation of behaviour of the human and nonhuman acquire increasing sophistication in algorithmic and Big Data environments. From Trump and the Brexit, whose victories were seemingly modulated through big data analytics, to cyberwar, and affective mass media politics, from ubiquitous surveillance, modulation of consumer's behaviours, capitalization of microgestures,  to the war fronts, a new turn to power is happening (which Brian Massumi calls Ontopower), focusing on capturing potentiality and emergence while operating in affective, not in ideological registers. Which is the underlying perceptual ecology of Ontopower, and most importantly, how to elaborate new modes of resistance to, and reinvention beyond, such modes of power and violence?

The event should interest visual artists, media artists, musicians, dancers, performers, actors, architects, philosophers, historians, anthropologists, technosientists, hackers, social workers and activists, gender hackers, body hackers, and neurodiverse people.

Jaime is the founder of metabody.eu -  a major European research project that questions the homogenisation of expressions induced by current information and control technologies.

For more info on the programme and how to book, contact mfapgradmin@kent.ac.uk
Or go to https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/events.html?eid=25526&view_by=month&date=20170630&category=&tag=

 

16 June 2016 (11:30-17:30)
Listening, Spaces and the Sounding World
Clock Tower Lecture Theatre, Historic Dockyard Chatham

As part of Kent’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Spatial Studies (KISS) week-long festival of events, in collaboration with various Schools at both the Canterbury and Medway campuses, from 13th – 17th June 2016, the School of Music and Fine Art will be hosting a SISRC/KISS/CHASE research event in the Clock Tower Lecture Theatre (CT102), The Historic Dockyard Chatham, on Thursday 16 June from 11:30 to 17:30. The event is called Listening, Spaces and the Sounding World.

Sound, and how it functions with space and materials, is essential to our experience of the world around us. Aki Pasoulas, School of Music and Fine Art Senior Lecturer, and Director of MAAST (Music and Audio Arts Sound Theatre) will lead a workshop on how sound interacts with space and listening at the innovative Sound-Image-Space Research Centre.

 

21 May 2016 (16:30-18:00)
Denis Smalley’s 70th Birthday Celebration
Colyer Fergusson Concert Hall, Canterbury

The world premiere of Denis Smalley’s newly commissioned work by the School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent, celebrating his 70th birthday, will take place in The Colyer-Fergusson in Canterbury on Saturday 21 May 2016 at 6pm. Professor Denis Smalley is one of the world's leading acousmatic composers and a scholar and pioneer of electroacoustic music. His works have been widely acclaimed, winning a number of international awards. He has made original contributions to thinking about sound, in particular with his investigations into listener's perception and the notion of spectromorphology. In 2013 he became Honorary Professor at the University of Kent.

Professor Simon Emmerson, who worked closely with Denis Smalley, will give a pre-concert talk on the continuing influence of music and theories developed by Smalley; the session will include a QA with both composers and will be broadcast on Resonance FM. The talk and discussion is for anyone who is interested in listening strategies, perception, reception and the sound world in general – not only music. Simon Emmerson is one of the leading figures in the broad area of electroacoustic music and has published and edited seminal books and articles on live electronics. The event is kindly funded by the Sound-Image-Space Research Centre.

TO BOOK TICKETS go to: https://uk.patronbase.com
Full price ticket £5. University of Kent students free (KentOne card shown on arrival).

 

30 November - 6 December 2015
On the Admissibility of Sound

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London

A new configuration of works organised by fig-2 in the ICA Theatre and the ICA Studio. Composer Seth Ayyaz presented an installation of his multichannel AAdM Listening system using part of the MAAST, two electroacoustic concerts with the MAAST diffusion system, a specially commissioned publication and supporting events

Link: http://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/musicandaudio/news.html?view=1879

 

16 October - 21 Novemeber 2015
Artist Adam Chodzko in Conversation at Canterbury Festival!

Sindey Cooper Gallery, Canterbury

Link: http://www.canterburyfestival.co.uk/whats-on/visual-arts/adam-chodzko-in-conversation.aspx and http://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=1601

 

12 October 2015
Public House nominated for Grieson Award!

British Film Institute (BF), London

A new configuration of works organised by fig-2 in the ICA Theatre and the ICA Studio. Composer Seth Ayyaz presented an installation of his multichannel AAdM Listening system using part of the MAAST, two electroacoustic concerts with the MAAST diffusion system, a specially commissioned publication and supporting events

Link: https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/lff/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=publichouse and https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=1722

 

25 September 2015
Occupy: A People Yet to Come: Book Launch
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London

A collection of essays by leading Deleuzian scholars about the nature and impact of the occupy movement. The Book Launch will feature presentations from contributors Nick Thoburn (Deleuze and Marx) and David Burrows (Head of Fine Art: Slade) and Dr Andrew Conio (Senior Lecturer and Director of Fine Art at the School of Music and Fine Art: University of Kent).

Link: http://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=1695

 

18 September – 25 November 2015
Lesions in the Landscape: Exploring Memory, Identity and Space
Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool

A multi-channel, multi-screen installation by Dr Shona Illingworth, exploring the impact of amnesia and the erasure of individual and cultural memory.

Links: https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/smfa-news/2015/08/19/lesions-in-the-landscape-exploring-memory-identity-and-space/ and http://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=1586

 

11 September 2015
Great Expectations by award-winning artist Adam Chodzko

Guildhall Museum, Rochester

Link: http://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=1558

 

27 August 2015
Professor Grenville Hancox joins The School of Music and Fine Art as new Honorary Professor in Music, Health and Wellbeing

Link: http://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=1614

 

20-23 August 2015
Plague of Diagrams

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London

A new configuration of works organised by fig-2 in the ICA Theatre and the ICA Studio. Composer Seth Ayyaz presented an installation of his multichannel AAdM Listening system using part of the MAAST, two electroacoustic concerts with the MAAST diffusion system, a specially commissioned publication and supporting events65 loudspeakers. Featured prominent composers: Prof. Denis Smalley, Prof. Jonty Harrison.

Link: https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/plague-diagram

 

3-23 August 2015
Symptoms of the World

Chatham Historic Dockyard

'Symptoms of the World' is a new online sound and image work by Harriet Gifford, an MA Sound and Image student at the School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent, which addresses these issues through layers of time, progressively deteriorating sound cues, visual mementos and in-built ephemerality.

Link: http://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=1519

 

11 June 2015
Inaugural Practice as Research Workshop

 

14-16 May 2015
Acousmatic Transcendence: A Feast of Diffusion
Chatham Historic Dockyard

'Acousmatic Transcendence'' was a festival of sound comprising spatial sound workshops and concerts. The events brought together two sound diffusion systems (from the University of Kent and Vienna) that amounted to 65 loudspeakers. Featured prominent composers: Prof. Denis Smalley, Prof. Jonty Harrison.

Link: https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/events/acousmatictranscendecepage.html

 

21 April 2015
AISB Convention 2015
Canterbury

Electroacoustic concert, as part of the AISB Convention of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour.

Link: http://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/events/2015/AISB2015/index.html

 

24 July 2015
Artist Adam Chodzko shortlisted for prestigious Derek Jarman Film Award!

Link: http://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=1486

 

9 July 2015
Sculpture in the City Art Exhibition: Ghost
Square Mile, London

The 'Sculpture in the City' art exhibition is a unique collaboration between the City of London Corporation, local businesses, and the art world, providing the opportunity for new audiences to engage with established and emerging contemporary artists, including works from internationally renowned artists Adam Chodzko (Senior lecturer in Fine Art, University of Kent), Damien Hirst, Sigalit Landau and Bruce Beasley.

Link: http://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=1386

 

20 June 2015
London St Pancras to Margate Train Journey Inspires Art Work
Turner Contemporary, London

Link: http://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=1344

 

14-16 May 2015
Acousmatic Transcendence: A Feast of Diffusion
Chatham Historic Dockyard

The MAAST (Music and Audio Arts Sound Theatre) meets the Acousmonium from The Acousmatic Project / Vienna, for a feast of diffusion with more than 50 loudspeakers.

Link: http://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=1129

 

13 February 2015
Great Expectations Exhibition
Guildhall Museum, Rochester

Link: http://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=1170

 

30 January 2015
TRENTA PER VENTICINQUE

Link:http://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=1122

 

23 January 2015
Too Prolix: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
66 Regent Studios, London

Link: http://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=1093

 

14 December 2014
Vast White Stillness
Toybee Studios, London

Composer and artist Claudia Molitor, of the University of Kent's School of Music and Fine Art, will see her latest work 'Vast White Stillness' premiered at the Spitalfields Winter Music Festival.

Link: http://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=958

 

14-20 September 2014
Globus Hystericus
International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), Athens, Greece

'Globus Hystericus' combines Electroacoustic Music and Video Art and is a piece of audio-visual work that utilises the two media in an equitable way. The principles of acousmatic music are extended to incorporate parallel ideas found in video art.

Link: http://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=761

 

12 September 2014
Art Moves
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London

'Art Moves' is a celebration of the extraordinary world of mobile art vehicles at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Bringing together twenty-five of the most ingenious and inventive art vehicles, Art Moves offers a unique showcase of mobile architecture and art as part of London's Open House weekend and the Park's arts and culture programme.

Link: http://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=792

 

6 July 2014
Speed of Sound: Aerodynamics and Experimental Acoustics
Wind Tunnels, Farnborough

The ‘Speed of Sound', part of the Wind Tunnel Project, at Farnborough was a massive installation and concert in a number of challenging spaces in the Wind Tunnels, originally used for flight testing.

Link: https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/fineart/news.html?view=754

 

20 June 2014
Töne Festival
Chatham Historic Dockyard

Live diffusion of works played by four cellos; part of the Töne Festival.

Link: https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/events/tonefestivalpage.html

 

29 May 2014
Electroacoustic Concert featuring Postgraduate and Undergraduate works
Chatham Historic Dockyard

 

21-23 March 2014
The Music of Bernard Parmegiani
Britannia House, London

Bernard Parmegiani tribute concerts, hosted by LCMF.  The events featured many high-profile guests, including the director of the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM) Daniel Teruggi, Denis Smalley and Jonty Harrison.

Link: http://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/musicandaudio/news.html?view=449

 

8-9 November 2013
Symposium on Acoustic Ecology
Chatham Historic Dockyard

The symposium investigated soundscapes as complex sounding systems that change in space and time, and shape our understanding of the surrounding world. The MAAST concerts featured 18 new compositions including a new multichannel work by Prof. Barry Truax.

Link: https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/musicandaudio/symposiumae.html

Symposia

 

Research Symposia:

 

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Past Symposia

 

Sticky Thick: Thinking through Practice - School of Music and Fine Art Annual Practice Research Forum, Wednesday - 07 June 2017

Location: Galvanising Shop Performance Space, Historic Dockyard Chatham.
Keynote Speakers: Jaime Del Val, transdisciplinary media artist, philosopher, activist, Director of the Metabody Institute: metabody.eu; artists and filmmakers Ruth MacLennan, Sarah Turner, Shona Illingworth, Tim Meacham and Luciano Zubillaga; electroacoustic composer Aki Pasoulas; environmental scientist Joseph Tzanopoulos and Yvonne Salmon,

STICKY THICK, the annual practice as research forum hosted by the School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent, and the Sound-Image-Space Research Centre (SISRC), brings together artists, writers, filmmakers, philosophers, composers, performers and researchers across disciplines to investigate practice as research as a continuing process of invention, and explores its capacity to generate dynamic and challenging modes of enquiry. Now in its 3rd year this annual event forms a key part of the research culture and programme at SMFA, providing a platform for academics and research students to present and discuss their research with colleagues across the University and CHASE consortium, and with invited speakers.

All welcome! Please RSVP: mfapgradmin@kent.ac.uk or turn up on the day.

To book go to: https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/events.html?eid=25530&view_by=month&date=20170630&category=&tag=

 

METABODY 2017 Kent - Ontohacking Workshop conducted by Jaime del Val: 8th June 2017, (10:00-19:00)

Location: Galvanising Shop Performance Space at Historic Dockyard Chatham.
Keynote Speaker: Jaime del Val

Ontopolitics of perception in the Algoricene: Ecologies of indeterminacy in the Big Data Era
International Metabody Forum - IMF 2017

On Thursday 8th June, Jaime del Val, one of the most significant artists/ philosophers in Europe working at the transdisciplinary frontiers of body, subjectivity and the algorecene will present METABODY 2017 Kent - Ontohacking Workshop: Ontopolitics of perception in the Algoricene: Ecologies of indeterminacy in the Big Data Era. In the School of Music and Fine Art’s This workshop would offer participants a unique opportunity to explore some of the key questions driving current trans-disciplinary and practice based research through active participation with a leader in the field. This would enable artists and researchers alike to develop and test their research methods, and gain valuable insight into trans-disciplinary and practice based research processes and collaborative practice based investigation, thus opening up the potential of futurity, navigation and speculation within practice as research.

In the Big Data Era new threats to plurality emerge as strategies of preemption and modulation of behaviour of the human and nonhuman acquire increasing sophistication in algorithmic and Big Data environments. From Trump and the Brexit, whose victories were seemingly modulated through big data analytics, to cyberwar, and affective mass media politics, from ubiquitous surveillance, modulation of consumer's behaviours, capitalization of microgestures,  to the war fronts, a new turn to power is happening (which Brian Massumi calls Ontopower), focusing on capturing potentiality and emergence while operating in affective, not in ideological registers. Which is the underlying perceptual ecology of Ontopower, and most importantly, how to elaborate new modes of resistance to, and reinvention beyond, such modes of power and violence?

The event should interest visual artists, media artists, musicians, dancers, performers, actors, architects, philosophers, historians, anthropologists, technosientists, hackers, social workers and activists, gender hackers, body hackers, and neurodiverse people.

Jaime is the founder of metabody.eu -  a major European research project that questions the homogenisation of expressions induced by current information and control technologies.

For more info on the programme and how to book, contact mfapgradmin@kent.ac.uk

Or go to https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/events.html?eid=25526&view_by=month&date=20170630&category=&tag=

 

The Sound of Memory Symposium: Sound-track/Sound-scape - (22 - 24 April 2017)

Location: Zilkha Auditorium, Whitechapel High St, London and Goldsmiths, University of London.
Keynote Speakers: Hildegard Westerkamp, Sarah Turner and Lawrence Abu Hamdan

The Sound of Memory Symposium explores creative works and ideas situated at the interface of composers working in acoustic ecologies and artists working within social ecologies, where the primary engagement is a form of sonic ethnography. The overarching thematic is an exploration of how individual and cultural memory resonates in the shaping of social space. The Symposium will explore the broad domain of acoustic ecologies and soundscape’s engagement in place. The symposium is co-hosted by the Sound-Image-Space Research Centre (School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent), the School of Sound, and Goldsmiths University of London.

 

Sticky Thick: Thinking through Practice - School of Music and Fine Art Annual Practice Research Forum at Whitstable Biennale - 07 June 2016

Location: Horsebridge Arts Centre , Whitstable.
Speakers: Shona Illingworth, Adam Chodzko, Sarah Turner, Duncan MacLeod, Amber Priestley, Gretchen Egolf and Sinéad Rushe, Tim Meacham, Jan Hendricks, Steve Klee and others.

Hosted by the School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent, and the Sound-Image-Research Centre (SISRC), this one day symposium will bring together artists, writers, filmmakers, composers, actors, geographers, historians, anthropologists, architects, performers and researchers across disciplines to explore key directions in current research practice, and contemporary discourse around the importance of practice research in art, culture and society.

The day starts at 11:00, meeting for coffee in the Horsebridge Arts Centre to listen to readings from Rebecca Solnit's The Faraway Nearby. Symposium presentations begin in the United Reform Church Hall from 12:00, with breaks at intervals to view Biennale exhibits. The symposium closes with drinks on the beach at 19:00 before the world premiere of Nichola Bruce's new film Gifts.


New Currents in Ethnomusicology - (14–17 April 2016)

British Forum for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference 2016
Location: The event will be held at venues around the Historic Dockyard Chatham.
Keynote Speaker: Professor Jonathan Stock, University College Cork.

The BFE invites you to attend its 2016 conference, which will be held at the Historic Dockyard on the banks of the River Medway at Chatham. There was no set theme for the conference. We have received proposals on a wide variety of topics under the rubric of ‘new currents’ or ‘current research’ within ethnomusicology. Papers with a nautical theme have been particularly welcome and will help set the scene for our dockyard loc

 

Liquidity Symposium: Life flows, money flows and artists capture the axiomatics that bind these flows. - December 2015

Location: The event will be held at Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Mall, London.
Organised by: Andrew Conio

Sponsored by the University of Kent and organised by Dr Andrew Conio, Programmes Director, Fine Art and Event and Experience Design, School of Music and Fine Art, this cross-disciplinary forum creates a provocative encounter between philosophy, geography, psychoanalysis, high finance, film, economics, art and activism. With papers from Professor Philip Goodchild, Professor John Russell, Oliver Ressler, Angus Cameron, Anastasios Gaitanidis, James Buckley, Georgious Papadopoulos and films from Ami Clarke and Hillary Koob-Sassen, the symposium at the Institute of Contemporary Art on 9th December investigates the flows of life, money and art and the axiomatics that bind them together.

Every society in history has created economic, social and political systems to channel flows into things, functional processes and systems. This symposium asks; to what extent do the Quadrillions of dollars channeled through markets every day determine the ontological horizons and conditions of possibility of life. How are the flows of money and life’s imminent flows consiliant or forced into disjunctive relation, how does the artist capture these flows?

The School of Music and Fine Art is proud to be working with the Institute of Contemporary Art, London’s foremost multi-disciplinary arts centre. Founded in 1947 by a group of artists, poets and radicals, the ICA is an essential meeting place for anyone interested in contemporary culture. Designed as a playground for ideas, the ICA has worked with a litany of inspired artists and writers, including T.S. Eliot, Cartier-Bresson, Francis Bacon, Jacques Derrida, Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Jeff Koons, Yoko Ono and Slavoj Žižek.

 

Acousmatic Transcendence: A Feast of Diffusion - May 2015

The MAAST (Music and Audio Arts Sound Theatre) will meet the Acousmonium from The Acousmatic Project / Vienna, for a feast of diffusion with more than 50 loudspeakers.

Location: The event will be held in the Mezzanine of Slip 3 at Chatham Historic Dockyard, Kent.
Special guest: Jonty Harrison (will diffuse his own works and compositions by Denis Smalley).
Directors: Aki Pasoulas – Director of MAAST (Music and Audio Arts Sound Theatre) and Thomas Gorbach – Director of The Acousmatic Project Vienna.

 

Realisms and Object Orientation: Art, Politics and the Philosophy of Tristan Garcia - December 2014

Contributors: Tristan Garcia, Dr Iain MacKenzie, Dr Peter Wolfendale, Dr Maria Walsh, Dr Steve Klee, Ben Turner, Annie Davey, Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau.

This multidisciplinary symposium seeks to interrogate philosophical realisms and object orientations within recent thought. The renowned philosopher Tristan Garcia will present, with his philosophical system providing the focus for a number of the papers. Artists’ contributions will explore this philosophical territory through performative practices.

 

The TÖNE Festival: A Meeting of Sound and Light - June 2014

Location: The event will be held at venues around the Historic Dockyard Chatham, as well off-site.
Artistic Directors: Claudia Molitor and Julie Louise Bacon

The Töne Festival was the first of its kind in Medway, organised and hosted by the School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent.

Töne was a festival of sonic and visual arts that explores the spaces, forms and durations that exist within and between these two overlapping fields. The festival took place on the Midsummer weekend as the Sun rises to its zenith in the Northern hemisphere, a fact highlighted in the 2014 theme ‘A Meeting of Sound and Light’. 2014 also marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Töne’s broad range of new commissions invited audiences to explore and reflect on the aesthetic and political resonances of the military and maritime location of Chatham and the surrounding area, and the season.

The three key goals of the festival:

  • To profile challenging work resulting from artists’ experiments and research in the aural, visual, and spatial.
  • To nurture cross-pollination and conversation across the university, regional, and international arts communities.
  • To activate the dockyard campus as a hub for meeting, exchange and creative encounters in the local area and the Swale and Medway region.
 
 

Symposium of Acoustic Ecology - November 2013

A new symposium to celebrate the sounds and experiences of Acoustic Ecology took place in Medway.

The Symposium of Acoustic Ecology investigates soundscapes as complex sounding systems that change in space and time, and shape our understanding of the surrounding world. The event is proud to be endorsed by the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE).

The event was held at various locations around the University's Medway campus and the Historic Dockyard, and consist of talks by keynote speakers, including a special guest speaker all experts in their field, 2 concerts, an array of installations and Listening Rooms, culminating in a finale concert held at the stunning Slip 3, Mezzanine building at the Historic Dockyard Chatham.

 

The Sound of Memory - June 2013

The Sound of Memory symposium brought artists, composers, filmmakers and writers together to explore rich and complex interactions between sound and memory through theoretical debate grounded in creative practice. The presentations and panel discussions traced an arc from investigations into embodied and technological mediation of sound and memory through to a critical exploration of their interconnected spatial and temporal manifestations.

The morning session, "Embodied and Technological Mediation", examined the social, cultural, political and technological shifts that affect how, what and why we remember and how this offers new creative possibilities for the exploration, understanding and articulation of embodied and mediated memory and sound. Composer, sound artist and researcher, Cathy Lane reflected on her exploration of the relationship between sound, history and memory in her site specific multi-channel sound work “The Ties that Bind” and in ‘The Hebrides Suite’, a series of compositions resulting from sonic investigations of the Western Isles of Scotland. This was followed by an examination of the role of the witness in the articulation, mediation and construction of memory in politically charged contexts by curator, artist and filmmaker Sarah Wood. Composer and artist Claudia Molitor’s performance lecture then explored the capacity of music, imagined by the creator, then mediated through performance and space, to reside as a ‘non-sounding’ memory in the listener’s head. A panel discussion with the speakers, chaired by artist and lecturer Shona Illingworth, concluded this session.  

The afternoon session addressed the question “When/Where is the Present?” Each speaker, in their own fashion, interrogated common-sense assumptions about the relationship between past, present and future. Artist Jo Mitchell’s presentation focussed on her performance Concerto for Voice and Machinery II staged at the ICA, London in February 2007. She proposed that the logic of re-enactment, which underpins Concerto, might provoke “a kind of voodoo experience” serving to disrupt our perception that the past is dead and buried, a passive store, rather than an active agent in the construction of present and future.

Artist and writer Salome Voegelin used one of her own compositions as a springboard for theorising temporality and audio experience as both complex and fecund. Artist, writer and curator Julie Louise Bacon created an evocative performance, which combined live presentation and audio recordings made by a series of artist/theorist collaborators. The piece referenced oral culture as a means to explore notions of the archive. Artist Mikhail Karikis presented an overview of a rich body of work developed since 2009, entitled Work Quartet, which explores the relationship between vocal performance and cultural identity.

The session was concluded by a panel discussion with the speakers, chaired by artist and Shool of Music and Fine Art lecturer Steve Klee.

Seminars

 
 

Research Seminars:

 

 
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Past Seminars:

23rd May 2018
SMFA Postgraduate Presentations
Galvanising Shop, Chatham Historic Dockyard

The annual SMFA Postgraduate Presentations take place Wednesday 23rd May in the Galvanising Shop Performance Space at the campus on the Historic Dockyard Chatham.  The Postgraduate Presentations are an excellent opportunity for SMFA to celebrate the successes of our postgraduates and the contribution they make to the life, work and academic community of the School.

The day will run from 10:30am – 3pm (approx. finishing time) and includes a range of presentations from students studying Music and Fine Art MA and PhD programmes, as well as a participatory tour of one of a Fine Art Degree Show piece from one of our MA Fine Art students. 

 

21st June 2017
Screening of Public House (96 mins), organized and sponsored by Kent’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Spatial Studies (UKC) and the Gulbenkian Cinema
Gulbenkian Cinema, University of Kent, Canterbury.

The Grierson Award nominated film Public House, which premiered in October 2015 at the BFI London Film Festival, is directed by award-winning artist Sarah Turner, SMFA’s Reader in Fine Art and Director of Research. The participatory documentary tells the story of the Ivy House Pub in Peckham, which was saved from development by local residents, and became the first asset of community value in the UK. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with Sarah Turner, chaired by Thanos Zartaloudis (Kent Law School; AA School of Architecture and Co-director of KISS).

More info on other dates and venues for the film tour at http://www.thepublichousefilm.co.uk/screenings.html
Public House will be distributed in the UK by artists’ moving image agency LUX. 

 

22 March 2016
Spatial Syntax in Binaural Composition - Dr Matt Barnard (University of Hull)
Chatham Historic Dockyard

The binaural method of hearing represents our natural spatial register and employing binaural recording and/or synthesis methods in composition reveals peculiar characteristics of the method. Discussing a compositional practice that is now exploring a syntax of space as primary, the binaural method is explored in its creative manifestations. Can we compose music for human hearing?

Matthew Barnard is a composer and researcher primarily focused upon electronic music, including electronica, acousmatic and soundscape idioms. The field of spatial representation in sound, particularly ambisonics and the binaural method, are of interest.

 

29 March 2014
The Rebirth of Music from the Spirit of Drama - Jean Martin
Chatham Historic Dockyard

Jean Martin will present some ideas from his recent book ‘Filmgeräusch - Wahrnehmungsfelder eines Mediums (co-authored with Frieder Butzmann). Much of music composed in history related to specific activities in the world: It supported religious practice, dance, dramatic opera, funerals, military or stately events. Only occasionally music was purely self-referential as in the scholasticism of late Renaissance music, or the experimentations of New music in the 20th Century. I want to look at the specific case of film music and sound design and music for media. Composing music and sound design for films poses specific challenges. The raison d'etre for any music and sound design, in fact for the soundtrack as a whole is the narrative and the image track of the film. This poses constraints for the timebased art of music. Film music can never follow its own logic freely developing themes or sound textures as long as it takes. It is limited by the duration of a scene which it supports or comments. In my analyses of films I observed that film composers adopt two fundamental musical approaches: on the one hand the thematic concept of music using thematic Leitmotifs and harmonic tonality. On the other hand composers practice a timbral or spectral aesthetic which expresses itself through complex textures and drones. It is closely linked to sound design, which emerged from the electro-acoustic music tradition and the 20th Century aesthetic of musicalising environmental, indeed any recorded sound or noise.

 

1 March 2014
Presentation of Recent Work - Dr Jennifer Walshe
Chatham Historic Dockyard


Dr Jennifer Walshe will present her recent work. She is a composer, performer and visual artist of whom the Irish Times has said that "without a doubt, hers is the most original compositional voice to emerge in Ireland in the last 20 years”.  Jennifer Walshe says of her work that “the sounds I am interested in include those that we hear all the time but are normally considered flawed or redundant: twigs snapping in a burning fire, paper tearing, breathing, instrumental sounds that aren’t considered ‘beautiful’ in standard terms. I think these sounds have their own beauty in the way that pebbles on a beach or graffiti can have.” 

 

4 March 2014
The Sounding Image: Interactivity in Audio-Visual Video - Dr Holly Rogers
Chatham Historic Dockyard

Dr Holly Rogers will present some ideas from her recent book ‘Sounding the Gallery: Video and the Rise of Art-Music’ which explores the first decade of creative video work, focusing on the ways in which video technology was used to dissolve the boundaries between art and music. Becoming commercially available in the mid 1960s, video became integral to the experimentalism of New York City’s music and art scenes. The medium was able to record image and sound at the same time, allowing composers to visualize their music and artists to sound their images in a quick and easy manner. Video also enabled the creation of interactive spaces that questioned conventional habits of music and art consumption. The medium’s audiovisual synergy could be projected, manipulated and processed live and the closed-circuit video feed drew audience members into the heart of the experience. Such activated spectatorship resulted in improvisatory and performative events, in which the space between artists, composers, performers and visitors collapsed into a single, yet expansive, intermedial environment. Many believed that audiovisual video signalled a brand-new art form that only began in 1965. Her book suggests that this is inaccurate. During the twentieth century, composers were experimenting with spatialising their sounds, while artists were attempting to include time as a creative element in their visual work. Pioneering video work allowed these two disciplines to come together. Shifting the focus from object to spatial process, Sounding the Gallery uses theories of intermedia, film, architecture, drama and performance practice to create an interdisciplinary history of music and art that culminates in the rise of video art-music in the late 1960s.

 

18 February 2014
The Sounding Image: Interactivity in Audio-Visual Video - Dr Holly Rogers
Chatham Historic Dockyard

Professor Nicholas Cook will provide a general introduction to music in the virtual world Second Life in his paper ‘Performing live in Second Life’ (co-authored with Justin Gagen) which focuses on relationships between music making in Second Life and in the real world. Concerts in Second Life typically aim to replicate the conditions of live music in real-world venues. There are however significant technological constraints on such replication. For one thing, the music is made in the real world and streamed into Second Life. For another, the variable lag that is a basic feature of Second Life means that accurate synchronisation of images, gestures, chat, and streamed sound is impossible. Based on a case study of the virtual band Redzone (of which Justin is a co-founder), we argue that the most effective way to create liveness in Second Life is not to replicate the conditions of real world performance, but rather to reconstruct liveness based on the technological affordances of virtual reality.'

 

12 November 2013
What Happens in the Interval (Stays in the Interval): The Poetics of Sex/Sexuality of Poetry in Feminist Cinema - Sophie Mayer
Chatham Historic Dockyard

12th November, 2013 at BridgeWardens’ College, Historic Dockyard Chatham.
Dr Sophie Mayer is a woman of words: a poet, a regular contributor to Sight and Sound and author of The Cinema of Sally Potter: A Politics of Love (Wallflower)
Dziga Vertov identified the interval - the black leader between film frames - as where film actually occurs. Gilles Deleuze and Trinh Minh-Ha both take up Vertov's term to explore the question of suture and the generative space of the cinematic imaginary. In this seminar, I'll focus on the interval as the space of the unseen or unviewable in cinema, specifically female sexuality. Looking at a film by Jane Campion and a number of short films, I'll explore specifically the use of poetry to mark the interval, and additionally look at how film operates in some contemporary feminist poetry to mark the unsayable of female sexuality.

 

Sound as an Important Element of Audio-visual Culture - Zeigam Azizov
Chatham Historic Dockyard

The seminar explored our understanding of sound as an important element of audio-visual culture, primarily in terms of its capacity to create ‘difference’.
'I will emphasize the importance of this difference with reference to Jean-Luc Godard's formulation that 'there are too many images and not enough sound' - Zeigam Azizov. The talk was accompanied by a survey of some fragments from the history of cinema as well as my own work with sound, image and text. Zeigam Azizov is an Azerbaijan-born artist, who has been based in London since 1992. He studied art and philosophy in Russia, France and the UK. His work addresses the question of cross-circulations of knowledge through images in the field of new media, conceptual art and philosophy. His recent exhibitions include : the Azerbaijan pavilion, the Venice Biennale (2011 and 2003), Tate Modern, London, UK (2006), House der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2004), Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria (2002), and TN Probe, Tokyo, Japan (2001). He has had solo exhibitions at London’s ICA, (1995) and Lakeside Kunstraum, Klagenfurt, Austria (2008).

 

14-18 October 2013
Sound and Vision: The Audio-Visual Economy of Musical Performance - Philip Ausland
Chatham Historic Dockyard

As part of his one week engagement with staff and students during Week 3 of 2013, the University of Kents' 'visiting expert', Philip Auslander presented 'Sound and Vision: The Audio-Visual Economy of Musical Performance' Research Seminar. Auslander is Professor at the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Tech, Atlanta and internationally acclaimed for his writings on gender and theatricality in popular music as well as 'liveness' and performance in a mediatized culture. The talk was followed by a brief live music performance at the Galvanising Shop, School of Music and Fine Arts.Christina Lagao and David Roesner also attended and provided some iconic pop songs into a more intimate acoustic setting under the heading "Divas Unplugged”, as an engaging interlude with a drinks reception and further opportunity for more dialogue and discussion among the guests.

 

Sound-Image-Space Research Group Seminar - Aura Satz
Chatham Historic Dockyard

Aura Satz is an artist whose expertise encompasses film, sound, performance and sculpture. In recent years she has made a collection of films which look closely at sound visualisation through various technologies and acoustic devices such as a Chladni plate, a Ruben's tube, a theremin, pianola paper and mechanical music, phonograph grooves and drawn/optical sound. Her works pay close attention to the materiality of such technologies, the resulting sound patterns - codes in the act of formation - and how these destabilise paradigms of writing and readership. Several projects have also centred on moments of technological invention and in particular the often unsung contributions made by women. Her talk will focus on the extended historical research that feeds into her projects, following a trajectory of sound inscriptions, data storage and encryption, abstract notation and colour composition. Aura Satz has performed, exhibited and screened her work nationally and internationally including New York, Switerland, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and closer to home around London and the UK. During 2009-2010 she was artist-in-residence at the Ear Institute, UCL, and in 2012 she was shortlisted for the Samsung Art+ award, and the Jarman artist's moving image award.

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