Sound Arts and Design Lecture Series

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12 Oct - 07 Dec 2017

Thursday 12 October – Thursday 7 December
Lecture Theatre B (see alternative venue for 30 November lecture)
Every Thursday
Times vary

*Please note this is an internal event open to UAL students and staff only*

No booking required.

This is a series of visiting speakers 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 at LCC on Thursday afternoons throughout the 2017/18 academic year, across terms 1, 2 and the first 4 weeks of term 3. 

Term 1

12 October, 2pm

Gordon Monahan
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. As a composer and sound artist, he juxtaposes the quantitative and qualitative aspects of natural acoustical phenomena with elements of media technology, environment, architecture, popular culture, and live performance.

19 October, 2pm
Maria Chávez

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.

26 October, 2pm
Eva Weber and Dennis Wheatley
As a director for BBC Broadcast, Eva Weber directed promotions, commercials and branded films for the BBC and other television and advertising companies. Since leaving the BBC, she has directed several award-winning documentaries, as well as continuing her work as a freelance director and creative for companies such as the BBC, Red Bee Media, and Turner.
Dennis Wheatley is a freelance dubbing mixer and sound designer, producing immersive sound for film and TV.

2 November, 2pm
Ryoko Akama

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. Her PhD, entitled ‘Exploring Emptiness’ examines silence, time and space through her compositional practice.

9 November, 2pm
Caroline Devine

Caroline investigates the boundaries between sound and music, encompassing electroacoustic composition, sound installation, radio and theatre. She is interested in the way that sound relates to memory, environment, time and place. Her work focuses on the exploration of voices and sounds that are obscured, silenced or are in some way absent – making imperceptible or ignored signals audible through amplification or transformation to acoustic form. Caroline's site specific sound installations provide playful and unexpected encounters with sound outside of a conventional gallery setting.

16 November, 1pm
Adam Lieber

An audio and film creative based in London, Adam Lieber produces music and visual solutions for the advertising, TV, film, digital and interactive industries. His work includes composition, sound design, sound and music consulting, music supervision, digital and interactive installation and directing.

23 November, 2pm
Shiva Feshareki

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. With acoustic instruments, she is concerned with the interaction of tone, orchestration, texture, movement and space. Since 2013, Shiva has worked mainly as a collaborative composer, using deep improvisation, explorations into different disciplines, or chance events, to create her collaborative teams. She also presents a show on NTS Radio titled NEW FORMS, which reimagines music and sounds from any genre into a new form using turntable manipulation.

30 November, 2pm
Tania Chen
(Please note venue for this lecture is Holst Room, Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Rd, London, SE1 7HT. Just 10 minutes walk from LCC.)

Tania Chen is an experimental musician and free improviser. She plays the piano, found objects, toys, keyboards and electronics. She is a leading interpreter of John Cage, Cornelius Cardew, and Morton Feldman. Tania creates video pieces and compositions that explore the role of performance and sound making. For this special event, Tania will be talking about her work and performing in the very room in which Cardew’s course in Experimental Music took place in the late 1960s.

7 December, 2pm
Atau Tanaka

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. He moved to Paris with a residency at the Cité des Arts to work at IRCAM, was Artistic Ambassador for Apple France, and was researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris. He was also active in the Tokyo noise music and media arts scenes. Atau creates sensor-based musical instruments for performance and exhibition, and is known for his work with biosignal interfaces. His recent work seeks to harness collective musical creativity in mobile environments, seeking out the continued place of the artist in democratised digital forms. 

Information about forthcoming lectures to follow soon.

*Please note this is an internal event open to UAL students and staff only*

Image credit: Maria Chavez