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SoundTheories # 5 at General Public by DuChamp
February 23, 2011, 10:41 am
Filed under: occultofest | Tags: ,

27th of February 2011, Sun, 6pm.
title: Echostate, Resonances and Politics
with: Stephen Kennedy (via skype) and Kabir Carter (moderated by Jan Thoben and Shintaro Miyazaki)
place: General Public, Schönhauser Allee 167c, Berlin.

The 5th session will be dedicated to a theory of sonic economy.

Abstract Stephen Kennedy: Echostate

Echostate is a term related to Foucault’s category ‘statement’, and expands its scope by examining how statements get echoed and amplified across a range of media that exist in multiple simultaneous forms. Without challenging Foucault’s refusal to give examples of his concept, the paper will seek to demonstrate how it works as an acoustic refrain where disparate and uncertain forms coalesce to create an impact that once identified melt into air or undergo a quantum leap before reforming in a newer, or indeed an older, time and space, or spacetime. Hence certain phenomena can be described as having the characteristics of a statement without operating as exemplars.

Beginning with the question of representation as a field of philosophical inquiry that impacts directly on the ways in which contemporary mediated environments are understood, sonority is presented here as embodying movement. This idea is pivotal if we are to progress beyond the Ontic to the Ontological as a process that is always in motion and is capable of accounting for the complexities present in the contemporary digital age.The paper will move from Plato to Jean Luc Nancy via Leibhiz, Scopenhauer, Neitzsche, Adorno, Heidegger, Foucault, Deleuze, McLuhan, Lyotard, Attali, and Pauline Oliveros to show how acoustic engagement can enhance critical thinking.

Profile of Stephen Kennedy:
Dr Stephen Kennedy is an academic at the University of Greenwich, whose main research interests lie at the intersection of theory and practice in relation to the political economy of contemporary communications technology. He is currently in the process of producing a book on this topic entitled The Technology Agenda. He is also a practicing musician and DJ with a number of successful releases under the name of One Deck & Popular and is currently working on a major new research initiative Sonic Economies: A Politics of Decline in the Motor City that proposes the comparative study of musical phenomena in Coventry and Detroit from a geo-philosophical perspective.

Kabir Carter: Artist Presentation

New York based artist Kabir Carter will present materials related to select sound works that he has realized over the past decade. He will elaborate upon the influence of urban architecture, underground dance music, postwar experimental music, and telematic art on his activities, and relate his practice to ongoing trends in telecommunications research and development, and architectural acoustics.

Profile of Kabir Carter:
Kabir Carter’s work moves between performance and installation, and focuses on the physical and emotional effects of architecture and acoustics in private and public spaces. He has exhibited at Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; Diapason Gallery, New York; Inter Arts Center, Malmö; Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen; and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. He has also presented his work at museums and art spaces throughout the United States. Carter has participated in festivals and biennials including club transmediale, Full Pull, Performa, Subtropics, and Unsound New York, and has been an artist-in-residence at LMCC/Workspace: 120 Broadway, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Create @ iEAR residency program. He has received commissions and awards from the American Music Center, Danish Arts Council, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Media Alliance, among others. Carter has written for various publications including ART.CULT, Modern Painters, and Nutida Musik, where he is regular contributor. He holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, where he was a Joseph Hartog Fellow.


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