[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.

Silencer by Suzi Tibbetts

Sounding Bodies

I just got back from a frantic week of painting, drilling, and running around trying to find cable ties, a.k.a. curating my first show. Sounding Bodies is now installed and open to the public!

Sounding Bodies, part of Fringe Arts Bath’s 2012 Festival, brings together the work of six artists whose practices span electroacoustic composition, audiovisual installation, and mixed media. Asked to respond to the idea of the human body as a producer and receiver of sound, the artists have explored the transgression of boundaries between interior and exterior and self and other. From noise to silence, illness to pleasure, and intimacy to alienation, the works shown in Sounding Bodies explore ways of listening alongside ways of looking; they ask us to look inside, to lend an ear, and to consider sound ‘in the flesh’.

Stacey Sewell
Curator: Sounding Bodies

I’m quite pleased with how it’s turned out. The show is located in the fitting rooms of a disused shop; the cubicles and mirrors lead to a discomfiting feeling of watching oneself listen to another’s body in a space normally reserved for looking at one’s own. A you enter you hear Andrew Hill‘s piece Vox Loop-o, composed from various vocal sounds, before being drawn down into the mouth of Anna Sadler‘s The Other Foreign Body, Camera As Probe. The show also features work by Suzi Tibbetts, Katy Wallwork, Heloise Godfrey and Charlotte Nichol.

Here are some photos so you can have a bit of a sneak preview, but it’s a sound thing y’know so you really should go there and listen . . .

Mummel by Katy Wallwork

Silencer by Suzi Tibbetts

The Other Foreign Body by Anna Sadler

Sounding Bodies
Fringe Arts Bath
35 Stall Street
Bath, UK
25th May – 10th June 2012.

Click to download the artists’ biographies and notes.

[CFP] Artistic Research – Strategies for Embodiment

Here’s another cfp that might be of interest to readers of Bodies|Sounds|Technologies:

Nordic Summer University / Nordiskt Sommaruniversitet
Artistic Research – Strategies for Embodiment
27 July – 3 August 2012
Brandbjerg, Denmark

The Summer Symposium 2012 is the final of six meetings in the Study Circle 7: “Artistic Research – Strategies for Embodiment”, organized by the Nordic Summer University (NSU). The study circle invites researchers and artists from all fields to take part in discussions on the theme: Strategies for Embodiment within Artistic Research; questioning and probing ways of embodying and communicating artistic research processes and their outcomes.

The theme for this, the third year of our study circle, is writing and dissemination. The focus will be on language and discourse, and the development of strategies for writing and disseminating the experiences drawn from the field of Artistic Research.

As a rapidly evolving discipline Artistic Research is the site of ongoing epistemological debate regarding the foundation, scope and validity of the knowledge it uncovers and creates and the mechanisms by which it embodies such knowledge. This symposium will address the issue of writing about this knowledge. In order to advance the debate, we will focus on notions of embodiment as they have emerged in our discussions to date and also with regard to the proposals received in response to this call.

At the Winter Symposium 2012 it was agreed that the theme for our Summer Session 2012 would be: writing about artistic research and artistic research on writing. For the Summer Symposium we welcome proposals for presentations of artistic research on writing in various formats, ranging from demonstrations and presentations/excerpts of artistic work, to theoretical reflections in the form of short papers and suggestions for panel discussions.

Presentations may be in one of the following time-frames/formats:
– 5 min presentation + 25 min discussion
– 15 min presentation + 15 min discussion
– 40 minutes presentation + 20 min discussion
– Anthology session. Session based on a draft of the article for the anthology.
Please specify which of the above formats you wish to use in your proposal.

Specifications of the different formats
– The 5 min presentation followed by a 25 min discussion is appropriate where material has been distributed beforehand. This may include regular papers but also material from work in progress, for example posters, drawings, sound, film, other textual material etc. We will accept papers of maximum 4000 words, these papers may be drafts or work in progress. Text and drawings must be sent in PDF or JPG format. Sound and film material must be accessible through a web link. Please note that there will be a deadline for pre-distributed material and articles.
– The 15 min presentation is a free format for any kind of presentation: performance, paper or other. It will be followed by 15 min for discussions.
– The 40min. + 20min. is exclusively for practical work like panel discussions, performances, workshops, work-in-progress, showings etc.
– Presenters may also propose one to three short quotations (distributed to the other participants in advance) as a starting point for a discussion and or a process of reflecting on theory.
– We welcome proposals for poster presentations.
You are welcome to use additional materials such as images, audiovisual footage or whatever is relevant to your work.
The length of the proposals should be no more than 350 words, plus a short CV, (or just a short CV if you intend to participate without presenting).
Please, let us also know:
1. In which format(s) you wish to present.
2. What facilities you need, i.e. what kind of equipment, space etc.
3. The language of your presentation.
4. The proposed length of your presentation

Presentations may be either in a Scandinavian language or in English. Please consider that there are participants who may not speak a Scandinavian languages. Presentations in English will be favored.

The extended deadline for proposals is 15th June 2012. You can find out more at www.nsuweb.net.