[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.

Workshop: Tactile Noise Machines

Saturday 26th May 2012
WORM
Rotterdam, NL

“This workshop will be dedicated to constructions of touch-reactive noise
machines. Such devices, based on a simple amplifier chip, are able to
produce a variety unexpected tones and textures, depending on the
position, humidity and pressure of the fingers touching its circuits’
contact-points. The body becomes part of the machines’ electrical flux,
and is directly responsible for the generation of sound. Such
characteristics turn them into amusing sonic puzzles open to sensorial
exploration.

By the end of the workshop, apart from taking home an instrument of
their own design, guaranteed to put and end to the neighbours’ peace,
participants will become familiar with basic knowledge of electronics
and circuit building.

Participants are asked to bring non-metallic objects, such as boxes,
buckets, tupperwares, etc, to house their tactile noise machines.

All levels of experience welcomed.”

More info available on the WORM website.

[Call for Papers/Performances] Live Interfaces

 

LIVE INTERFACES
Performance, Art, Music
http://icsrim.org.uk/liveinterfaces/
7th-8th September, 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PERFORMANCES

Live Interfaces is a conference on live, technology-mediated
interaction in performance. The conference seeks to investigate
cross-disciplinary understandings of performance technology with a
particular focus on issues related to the notion of ‘liveness’ in
interaction.

Live Interfaces will consist of paper and poster presentations,
performances and workshops over two days. Researchers, theorists and
artists from diverse fields are encouraged to participate, including:
digital performance, live art, computer music, choreography, music
psychology, interaction design, human computer interaction, digital
aesthetics, computer vision, smart materials and augmented stage
technology.

We invite submissions addressing the conference theme of
technology-mediated live interaction in performance, and suggest the
following indicative topics:

– Audience perception/interaction
– Biophysical sensors
– Brain-computer interfaces
– Computer vision/real-time video in performance
– Cross-modal perception/illusion
– Digital dramaturgy/choreography/composition
– Digital performance phenomenology
– Gesture recognition and control
– Historical perspectives
– Live coding in music, video animation and/or dance
– Participatory performance
– Performance technology aesthetics
– Redefining audience interaction
– Tangible interaction

Paper submissions should be in extended abstract form, with a
suggested length of 500 words. Please format all submissions using
either the Word or LaTeX template available from the website.

Performance proposals should include a description of the performance
and the live interaction technology used, as well as a list of
technical requirements. Attaching recordings of past performances is
strongly encouraged.

We hope to announce a journal special issue on performance technology
following the conference as a publication opportunity for extended
papers.

Extended abstracts must be submitted electronically via the website by
midnight (GMT+1) on the 17th June 2012. All submissions will be
subject to cross-disciplinary peer review, and notified of acceptance
by 1st July.

Please address all queries to liveinterfaces@icsrim.org.uk

Key dates:

– 5th May – Call for extended abstracts
– 17th May – Submissions system open
– 17th June – Submission deadline
– 1st July – Notification of selected papers/performances
– 29th July – Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers
– 7-8th September – Conference

Registration will open nearer the date, with a fee in the region of
£25, including lunch for both days.

Please keep an eye on one of the following for updates, including
information on conference workshops and co-located events.

Website: http://icsrim.org.uk/liveinterfaces/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/liveinterfaces/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/liveinterfaces/
Identica: http://identi.ca/liveinterfaces/

Planning committee:
Alex McLean, University of Sheffield, University of Leeds (from August)
Kate Sicchio, University of Lincoln
Maria Chatzichristodoulou, University of Hull
Scott Hewitt, University of Huddersfield
Ben Dornan, University of Sheffield
Stephen Pearse, University of Sheffield
Phoebe Bakanas, ICSRiM, University of Leeds
Ash Sagar, York St Johns University

Senior advisor:
Kia Ng, Director of ICSRiM, University of Leeds

Supported by Vitae Yorkshire, the University of Leeds and the Arts and
Humanities Research Council