Sound Arts Visiting Practitioner Series

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11 Jan - 15 Mar 2018

2pm

Thursday 16 January – Thursday 15 March
Lecture Theatre B
Every Thursday at 2pm


This event is free and open to all.
If you do not have a UAL student or staff ID card please email j.wynne@lcc.arts.ac.uk 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 at LCC on Thursday afternoons throughout the 2017/18 academic year.

Find out more about BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design and MA Sound Arts courses at LCC.

Spring Term

11 January, 2pm

Graham Dunning
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”.

18 January, 2pm
Jem Finer

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.

25 January, 2pm
Shelley Trower

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.


1 February, 2pm
Lina Lapelyte
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.”

8 February, 2pm
ANAGRAM (Amy Rose and May Abdalla)

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.


15 February, 2pm
Sean Dower

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.


22 February, 2pm
Larry Achiampong

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.


1 March, 2pm
Jo Langton

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.


8 March, 2pm
Val Kuklowsky

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.


15 March, 2pm
Marianna Simnett

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.

This event is free and open to all.
If you do not have a UAL student or staff ID card please email j.wynne@lcc.arts.ac.uk to book a place.


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Image credit: Lina Lapelyte