Poster for Sarah Harvey's Opus Pericardium

Sarah Harvey: Opus Pericardium

Sarah Harvey | Opus Pericardium
In collaboration with Simon C Russell and Tim Yates

Exhibition: Saturday 07 July – Saturday 04 August 2012
Opening Hours: noon – 5pm | Monday to Saturday by informal appointment | RSVP
Late Openings: Every Wednesday | 6 – 8pm – no appointment necessary
SoundFjord, 28 Lawrence Road, London, N15 4ER, UK.

Opus Pericardium is Sarah Harvey’s first major exhibition working in collaboration with composers, Simon C Russell and Tim Yates.

Opus Pericardium is a sci-art project exploring the poetry and topography of the heart made tangible. By translating the rhythm and pulse of life through the digital data of electrocardiogram readings, this piece unearths the secret music of the human heart; sculpting with sound, the heart’s tacit musical language.

Poster for Sarah Harvey's Opus Pericardium

Talk | Meet the Artists and Scientists
Saturday 21 July 2012 | 4pm | Free Entry | RSVP

Sarah Harvey, Simon C Russell, Tim Yates, Professor Peter MacFarlane (Professor of Electrocardiology) and Richard Whale (Senior lecturer atBrighton and Sussex Medical School) speak in detail about the ideas that inspired the work, the ethical and conceptual issues that were raised during research, as well as the progress and outcome of their meticulous research linking artistic practice to scientific research and the confluence of both Science and the Arts.

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Bob Ostertag

[Event] Bob Ostertag Masterclass and Concert

July 13 & 14

Fee: 25 euros (including concert)
STEIM: Achtergracht 19, 1017WL Amsterdam, NL

3 Solo Sets by: Bob Ostertag, Jaap Blonk, Jonathan Reus
July 14
Charge: 5 euros
Start: 20:30
Address: STEIM: Utrechtsedwaarsstraat 134, 1017WK Amsterdam, NL


Bob Ostertag


Composer, performer, historian, instrument builder, journalist, activist, kayak instructor, Bob Ostertag’s work cannot easily be summarized or pigeon-holed. He has published 21 CDs of music, two movies, two DVDs, and three books. His writings on contemporary politics have been published on every continent and in many languages. Electronic instruments of his own design are at the cutting edge of both music and video performance technology.

The 2 day program will feature a series of lectures and intimate discussion sessions between Ostertag and the participants. On the evening of July 14, there will be a special concert by Bob, and brand new work by Jaap Blonk and Jonathan Reus.

More info is available on the STEIM website.

[Event] Soundwave ((5)) Humanities

San Francisco
5th July 2012 – 30 September 2012


Soundwave 5 poster

“MEDIATE Art Group is excited to announce the return of Soundwave this summer for its fifth season, entitled HUMANITIES, exploring our sonic connections to the human experience. Arguably the largest celebration of avant-art, sound and music in the Bay Area, Soundwave ((5)) HUMANITES will feature over 90 participating artists and musicians, in over 35 inspired performances, concerts, exhibits and conference panels & presentations over the span of 3 entire months.

‘These innovative artists and musicians will uncover the future of humanity from bionic brainwave instrumentations, subconscious realities, technohuman immersions, Zen-inspired performances, hybrid mythologies, new dimensions, and other artist imaginations,’ says Alan So, Soundwave Festival & Artistic Director. “

Bodies|Sounds|Technologies readers might be interested in checking out The Human Bionic at The Lab on 14th July:

The Human Bionic features innovative instrumentation using the human body that questions the boundaries between the biological and technological. Artists Cantrell, Kuhne and Stuck imagine the hybridization of humans and technology with interactive performances utilizing brainwaves, muscles, sensors and human processing to create and conduct sound. Cantrell creates ‘Sounding Body’ an audience-interactive performance event that uses brainwaves to reveal how our thoughts can take various sonic forms. Multi-media artist Kuhne conjures ‘Rebound’ using videos and sensors to activate sound and image. Stuck presents ‘Pressed’ positioning the dancer’s real body between a symbolic language that directs movement and the video record of past movement. The Human Bionic explores our physical connection to technology while raising questions as to what is at stake, and what can be lost, by organic bodies and their interrelationships as technological implements become increasingly ubiquitous and essential in our current society.

The Future Bionic looks pretty good, too; Jay Kreimer’s ‘Born Wireless’ sounds particularly fascinating and I hope to write a blog post about it soon (a naive proposition, perhaps, given that I am stuck in the UK and won’t be able to see it ‘in the flesh’). Other exciting offerings include:  The New Humanity Conference: Technohumanity at Intersection for the Arts and The Meta Bionic at The Lab (featuring work by  M+V (aka Tavis Johns & Paulina Velázquez), Guillermo Galindo, and NASSA ). For more info, check out the Soundwave ((5)) website.

Sounding Out!

Editor’s Note: July 18th, 2012  has been designated as World Listening Day by the World Listening Project, a nonprofit organization founded in 2008 “devoted to understanding the world and its natural environment, societies and cultures through the practices of listening and field recording.”  World Listening Day is a time to think about the impacts we have on our auditory environments and, in turn, its affects on us.  This year, Sounding Out! has decided to observe World Listening Day by planning a month-long special forum of posts exploring several different facets of listening such today’s offering by SO!‘s Multimedia Editor Aaron Trammell on listening’s relationship to the body and next week’s discussion by novelist Bridget Hoida on the impact of listening on her writing process.  We will also explore questions that we need to remember when we celebrate listening as a cultural, embodied act.  What happens when listening is interrupted?…

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