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September 26 - November 9, 2014
(h)ear XL II
Multimedia Sound Art exhibition
Kunstencentrum Signe (art centre Signe)
Heerlen, the Netherlands
MULTIMEDIA SOUND ART EXHIBITION
Categories: Sound Art installations, video’s, interactive media, unusual sound objects, self-made instruments, soundscapes, movies, small setup performances and more…
presented by individuals, groups or collectives engaged in the production of Sound Art created with new/innovative media technologies or experimental uses of more conventional equipment.
Stay tuned for updates!
This is a project by Californian-born artist Christine Sun Kim. She was born deaf, and her work often focuses around visualising sound and communication. In particular her piece here, ‘voiceless lecture’, the aspect of storytelling is really effective. It’s a “silent” piece (obviously no experience is ever experienced silently — “voiceless” is more apt, hence the title of the piece) and yet, this seems to add to our curiosity as an audience to follow what is happening — she makes us work to get explanations; as does herself when explaining.
Rope Pulling is a 10:55 min sound piece using self-recorded waves of the Urban of Alexandria, Egypt. The sound demonstrate our opinions on the tension of the city. By sounds of the space we could explore the motion of the city, and to have a different perspective of the concept of Resistance with all of its dimensions.
A mass of bodies in motion receiving the impact of the city, a mass of breathing lives building temporary shelters to dream and aspire. A mass of collective intelligence in movement transpiring with sounds. And in between, a growing leak of creativity and contestant. If we have positive force against a negative force facing each other, will create resistance in a neutral space. This is how the piece was structured.
Alexandria(((s)))ound is developed into 3 parts. Each part contain 3 self-recorded sounds, which could be resumed into positive,negative and neutral sounds from the Urban from the perspective of the creator.
Sounds used from the Urban: Sea waves, Construction side, Oriental Cafe, The Tram, Muslim prayer call, Copt orthodox christian wedding prayer, Birds, begging homeless and Unofficial sellers in the street.
The piece participated in :
Agora sol radio in the “self/noise” program, Madrid.
Afropixel4 Festival by Ker thiossane, Dakar
Radio Panik Radio, Bruxelles.
Resistance(((s)))ound Exhibition in Dokan (Oufuqy Festival), Alexandria
Moultaqayat RAMI 14.0, Alexandria
To listen please click here
Submission from Matt Parker:
I would like to share with you my current project The Cloud is more than Air and Water, an investigation into the acoustic ecology of ‘The Cloud’. I hope that you find the concept and current work interesting.
What is ‘The Cloud’ and how is it affecting our lives? The Cloud is more than Air and Water (CMTAW) is a project investigating the acoustic ecology and impact of cloud computing on the lives of those who use it, the places it is physically located in and the people who work to maintain it.
As we transfer our data across the internet, where is it going? Most people have no idea where their ‘online’ data is once it’s uploaded onto ‘the cloud’, but it is definitely not in the sky. The Data Centre, an often huge building filled with computers, heat, spinning fans and disks has enabled us to transfer the noises of computing and locate them somewhere else, somewhere unknown, and somewhere on a mass scale.
CMTAW will see sound and visual artist Matt Parker (Earthkeptwarm) travel to various Data Centres, surveying their acoustic properties and their relationship with the overall environmental and geopolitical impact of mobile data storage. At present there are over 1,000 mass scale colocation and independent Data Centres in operation in Europe alone. The project will survey a sample of these locations ranging from small ‘regional network’ centres through to some of the more high profile giant super-centres.
The submitted video is an excerpt taken from a large three room installation that took place in Birmingham, UK in August 2014.
For further information on the project, please visit http://earthkeptwarm.tumblr.com/
And if you know of a data centre that I might be able to gain access to, to capture it’s sonic signature, please get in touch!
Thanks Matt! When I hear about ‘the cloud’ I want to bury my head in the sand. This is a beautiful way of exploring issues through sound and vision. Keep us updated about your research!
Machine _ Variation by Nicolas Bernier and Martin Messier. We saw them performing at Sonar Barcelona last june. That was intense.
John Giorno’s Dial-A-Poem/Giorno Poetry Systems series are a trove of recordings starting from 1972 and going strong until the last issue Cash Cow in 1993. The earliest collections being strictly poetry & literature, with a formidable roster including the likes of Amiri Baraka, Ted Berrigan, Taylor Mead, Joe Brainard, William Burroughs, & Jim Carroll to name just a few. Later the series expanded into more musical collaborations with Psychic TV, Meredith Monk, Laurie Anderson, Sonic Youth, Diamanda Galas, Philip Glass, Einsturzende Neubauten, David Johansen and many more.
This is one of my favourites - Emmett Williams’ Duet.
Ben Vautier tells us how to make Fluxus music.
You enter a very appropriate venue for a concert; some very concert-appropriately dressed performers enter, and then…
I love Fluxus - a practice which pokes fun at the traditions of music in order to emancipate sound from the constraints of music.
This performance was from an event called Re-Flux:
In the Fluxconcert Re:Flux, artists have been invited to reinterpret original Fluxus performance scores, and write their own for others to realise. This fluidity of authorship, this sharing of responsibility is at odds with the idea of the artist as brand, but completely in keeping with the history of Fluxus – itself shifting and open to interpretation.
Thanks to @winstonwells and @aasgroup for sending me this video.