Guest Talk – Sune Petersen

We will have Installation Artist Sune Petersen in our next colloquium held on 04 Oct 2016 (Tuesday) to give a talk with the topic “Look: you can hear it! How Chaotic systems can look and sound good”. The talk will be started at 5:00 pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: 04 Oct 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 5:00 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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Topic: Look: you can hear it! How Chaotic systems can look and sound good

Through a presentation of works Sune will give a glimpse into his work with vision and sound. The traditional hierarchy of creating visuals for music is reversed and the music is generated from the visuals, whether it being digitally generated real time video, electro-mechanical machines or radio frequency noise it all generate sound in ways that are either not intended as such or even considered noise. For many of his works controlled chaos is used in the form of feedback. Feedback generates an almost organic fluidity that is difficult to create using traditional methods of generating visuals, that even translate into interesting sounds.

About the Speaker:
Sune Petersen\’s work life has three facets. Artistic, commercial and educational. His artistic practice mainly evolve around generative video performance and playful performative installations. He has been active in this field since 1997 and has seen and is constantly exploring the technology for new possibilities. A background in science, having studied both physics and computer engineering, in combination with a creative approach to technology, have opened up for commercial work for instance in museums where he creates interactive installations using complex projections and multiple channels of audio to mediate architecture, the history of europe, pixels and inventions, prison life, Japanese cosplay culture and much more. Having been on the forefront in the creative use of technology, Sune has been teaching in different contexts which includes institutions all across Europe and an extensive period at Aalborg University. He often bases his teaching on insights gathered during his commercial and artistic work in order to draw connections between theory and praxis.

To find out more about Sune Petersen, you can check out his pages.


Guest talk – John Drever

The third colloquium sessions this semester will be on Thursday, the 29th of September. We will meet at 5:00pm on the 6/F in the Future Cinema Studio (M6094). We will have speaker Prof. John Levack Drever presents an emerging agenda of auraldiversity within sound art with the topic “Sound Art – Whose Hearing?”.

Date: 2016-09-29 (Thursday)
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, 6/F, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong


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Sound Art – Whose Hearing?

For those of us who practice sound art, we have a tendency to extol an incredibly wide range of uniquely positive attributes to listening. It enables us to: connect, communicate, relate, localise, embody, discern, transcend, immerse. Through listening our lives and our relation to our surrounding environments is enriched and intensified. Thus as sound artists our unspoken primary motive is to actively devise and explore opportunities for sonic epiphanies. In the entrancing words of Pauline Oliveros, we “strive for a heightened consciousness of the world of sound and the sound of the world” (Deep Listening 2016). And to help harness and maximise this potential, thanks to Augoyard & Torgue, Chion, Ihde, Kassabian, Norman, Ronell, Schaeffer, Schafer, Smalley Truax, et al. have all given name to an ever more nuanced compartmentalisation of kinds of listening. Shifting the prevailing discourse from listening onto our actual auditory apparatus of our sense of hearing, from the findings of my recent research, in particular my review on the noise impact of high-speed hand dryers (Drever 2013), I am obliged to propose that the contrary is a reality for many. Hearing: perturbs, isolates, excludes, disconnects, disembodies, dislocates. Hearing hurts! This is the chronic predicament for those living with tinnitus, hyperacusis, misophonia and phonophobia, and also for those with particular hearing needs such as the partially sighted, hearing aid users or those with sensitive hearing such as children and ASD. Bringing acoustics and audiology into play, in this talk I will propose a new paradigm for situating hearing in sound art that extends from an idealized, clinical model of hearing, the otologically normal (BS ISO 226:2003), to a socio-cultural concept of the auraltypical. Asking us to question, whose listening we are in fact dealing with? In conclusion, with reference to my own sound art work, including a multi-speaker installation recently presented in a toilet in Aarhus, Denmark, I will present an emerging agenda of auraldiversity within sound art.


About the Speaker:
Operating at the intersection of acoustics, sound art, soundscape studies, and experimental music, Drever’s practice represents an ongoing inquiry into the affect, perception, design and practice of everyday environmental sound and human utterance. He has a special interest in soundscape methods, in particular field recording and soundwalking. Drever is Professor of Acoustic Ecology and Sound Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he leads the Unit for Sound Practice Research and is Deputy Dean of the Graduate School.

He is an avid collaborator and has devised work in many different configurations and contexts internationally. Commissions range from the Groupe de Recherches Musicales, Paris (1999), Arts Council England (2002, 2007, 2013), WDR Studio Akustische Kunst (2011).

An elected director of Sonic Arts Network since 2004, Drever became its final chair in 2008. He was a co-founder (1998) and chair of the UK and Ireland Soundscape Community (a regional affiliate of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology) for whom he chaired Sound Practice: the 1st UKISC Conference on sound, culture and environments in 2001 at Dartington and Sound Practice 2006 at Goldsmiths.

He is an Academician of The Academy of Urbanism, a Member of the Institute of Acoustics, a Guest Professor, The Department of Digital Design and Information Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark and a Visiting Research Fellow at Seian University of Art and Design, Japan. In 2007 he was a Visiting Scholar, at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.

To find out more about our speaker, you can check out his page here.

Guest Talk – Gary McLeod

We will have British photographer Gary McLeod in our next colloquium held on 22 Sep 2016 (Thursday) to give a talk with the topic “An Unfolding Journey: Rephotography and the Challenger Expedition”. The talk will be started at 5:30pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: 22 Sep 2016 (Thursday)
Time: 5:30pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong


Topic: An Unfolding Journey: Rephotography and the Challenger Expedition

Considering photographing as an implicitly collaborative act, Gary McLeod is a British photographer who creates opportunities for others to contribute explicitly to a process of knowledge-making. First encountering in 2006 a set of photographs made during the Challenger expedition (a 19th Century British mission to circumnavigate the world and advance scientific knowledge of its oceans), contemporary residents were invited to join in collectively rephotographing sites where the original pictures were taken. That prompted a seven-year journey, which not only opened up his practice to others’ voices/contributions, but also highlighted critical issues of authorship and literacy in contemporary uses of photography. Following an overview of rephotography as a genre and a set of common visual practices, this talk tells of a photographic journey into uncertainty and provides a glimpse of where photography can/cannot go. Holding a PhD in Photography from London College of Communication, Gary currently lives in Tokyo and works everywhere else.

To find out more about Gary McLeod, you can check out his pages.

Guest talk – Modestos Stavrakis

The first colloquium sessions this semester will be on Tuesday, the 13th of September. We will meet at 5:00pm as usual on the 6/F in the Future Cinema Studio (M6094). We will have lecturer Dr. Modestos Stavrakis from University of the Aegean presents a talk with topic “Understanding and Designing Interactions”.

Date: 2016-09-13 (Tuesday)
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, 6/F, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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Understanding and Designing Interactions

To find out more about our speaker, you can check out his Wikipedia page here.