Sound Arts Visiting Practitioners Series Autumn 2018

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11 Oct - 06 Dec 2018

Thursday 11 October - Thursday 6 December 2018
Lecture Theatre A (see alternative venue for 6 December) 
Every Thursday at 2pm

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 A (except 6 December) at LCC on Thursdays at 2pm throughout the Autumn 2018 term.

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

11 October, 2pm
Steve Heimbecker

Saskatchewan-born, Québec-based artist Steve Heimbecker studied painting, sculpture, and performance. Although he hasn’t abandoned his interest in the visual – or more precisely, spatial–dimensions, he has focused his career mainly on sound and often defines himself as a sound sculptor. Recognised for his work in audio art, multi-channel composition, and experimental sound design, he has produced numerous large-scale sculptures and installations. Using digital media and mechanical systems of his own design and construction, he evokes the rich tradition of alternative instruments and sound production systems dating back to the experiments of the futurists and Dadaists.

18 October, 2pm 
Frieda Abtan

Freida Abtan is a Canadian multi-disciplinary artist and composer based in London. Her artistic and research interests revolve around inter-sensory composition under computational process. She works with fixed and reactive audiovisual media for concert diffusion, installation, and large-scale multimedia production, as well as with computer vision techniques and sensor-based technologies. Her music, which has been compared to Coil and Zoviet France because of her use of spectral manipulation and collage, falls somewhere in between musique concrète and more contemporary noise music / experimental audio. As well as having created visual shows for and performed with Nurse with Wound, Freida has presented her own sound and visual work at festivals across North America and Europe.

25 October, 2pm 
Moushumi Bhowmik​

Moushumi Bhowmik is an Indian Bengali singer and songwriter whose music draws its repertoire both from her own compositions and the rich folk heritage of Bengal. Her music aims to stress the continuity between diverse musical traditions – kirtan, bhatiyali, adhunik, the blues and both Indian and Western classical music – blending them into a subtle and distinctive musical language. Moushumi has composed for Bengali documentary and art cinema, including films that have won the Critics' Prize at Cannes and Best

Music at Kara Film Festival, Karachi. In 2003, Moushumi began The Travelling Archive, recording and documenting the rich and varied tradition of folk music in West Bengal and Bangladesh. This project explores new avenues of research and dissemination through working with archival material, writing and publication, presentation-performance and lectures and includes The Travelling Archive website.

1 November, 2pm
Guy Sherwin

Guy Sherwin studied painting at Chelsea School of Art in the late 1960s before being drawn to the radical film practice of the London Film-Makers' Co-operative (now LUX) where he taught printing and processing during the mid '70s. His films investigate fundamental qualities of cinema such as light and time, and often use serial forms or live elements to extend its possibilities. The unique, elusive qualities of analogue film are explored through experiments with sound, image and film in live performance.

8 November, 2pm
Louise Ashcroft

Recognising the power of small acts of resistance, Louise Ashcroft wanders through the world noticing, collecting, subverting and adding things to the environments she encounters. Through this process she creates situations and stories, which are re-presented as spoken word performance, video and sculpture. A conceptual magpie, Ashcroft re- programmes existing systems (particularly in urban environments) through her playful direct actions, to conjure real-world narratives combining politics, philosophy and comedy. For Ashcroft, humour is philosophy at its most precise and nonsense protects us from passivity by provoking interpretation. Louise works with writing, live performance, video and sculpture. She also curates, teaches and makes things happen.

15 November, 2pm
Kathy Hinde

Kathy Hinde’s work grows from a partnership between nature and technology expressed through audio-visual installations and performances that combine sound, sculpture, image and light. Drawing inspiration from behaviours and phenomena in the natural world, she creates generative work that evolves and is different each time it is experienced. Kathy frequently works in collaboration with other practitioners and scientists and often actively involves the audience in the creative process. Her work includes a computer vision system that analyses the movement of migrating birds to create piano music, a soundscape that emerges from singers ‘echo-locating’, using distance sensors and mini-computers that alter their vocal calls depending on their proximity to each other, and online soundmaps that evolve and grow as people upload field recordings and can be played like visual scores.

22 November, 2pm
Julian Henriques

Professor Julian Henriques is author of Sonic Bodies: Reggae sound systems, performance techniques and ways of knowing, a book which offers an analysis of how a sound system operates - at auditory, corporeal and sociocultural frequencies. His teaching of cultural studies and scriptwriting is influenced by his professional work as a film producer and writer-director as well as his practice as a sound artist. His research interests lie in the field of street technologies and cultures (particularly reggae dancehall sound systems). Julian’s concern with sonic ways-of-knowing and non-discursive non- representational types of meaning led to the establishment of TRU (Topology Research Unit) at Goldsmiths in 2011, with particular interests and activities in the areas of diagrammatics, rhythm and auditory topology. Sound System Outernational is an agency established in 2015 to organize events to develop the relationship between academic researchers, system culture practitioners and aficionados. He is a founding director of Sonic Womb Productions Ltd, which conducts biomedical research and develops immersive surround- media environments.

29 November, 2pm
Lucia Farinati

Lucia Farinati is a researcher, curator and activist. She works under the collective name Sound Threshold, a curatorial project exploring relationships between site, sound and text. She curated a series of exhibitions presenting William Furlong's soundworks in Italy and the UK (2006-2013). Through her collaboration with the Precarious Workers Brigade collective, she has shifted from a production- oriented practice to participatory action research, expanding her interest in sound from the curation of site-specific projects to the analysis of voice and listening as a political practice. The Force of Listening, a recent book written in collaboration with Claudia Firth, explores the role of listening at the intersection of contemporary art and activism. Artists, media theorists, philosophers and activists meet on the page to tackle questions of listening, attention and interconnection, collectivity, solidarity and resonance, the politics of the voice and the ethics of listening, and to reflect on the Occupy movement. Lucia is currently working on a research project on Audio Arts in collaboration with Tate Archive as part of her PhD at Kingston University London.

6 December, 2pm (please note that this event will take place in M108)
Jennet Thomas


Jennet Thomas makes films, performances and installations exploring the connections between the everyday, fantasy and ideology. Her work can look like experimental film, children’s drama, or performance art – it is a call for complexity that collides genres, experimenting with collective constructions of meaning. She is interested in belief systems, ideas of truth, power and pleasure, and how cultural memories are re-made and distorted according to the needs of each era. ‘Who has the right to rule, and whose rule is right?’ is an underlying leitmotif in her work. Often darkly comic, her films tell warped folk-tale narratives that mix elements of the banal and the bizarre. Her films “conjure delirious parallel universes in everyday Britain’s most mundane corners. People shop in Sainsbury’s, watch daytime TV and eat packed lunches from Tupperware boxes. Yet in this Looking Glass world, what we take for granted is quickly turned inside out. Preachers, teachers and quasi-political pundits with bright yellow or purple skin harangue its denizens with songs and slide presentations; the beliefs and rules they champion are full of promise, but always obscure.” (The Guardian).

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: Jennet Thomas, School of Change