Counting In: The Art of Listening

Lucas Abela (aka Justice Yeldham)
Friday 19 October
Birmingham City University
Produced by: 
Sound and Music and Capsule

Counting In: The Art of Listening
Friday 19 October
Birmingham City University, Margaret Street Fine Art Building, B3 3BX
3.15pm - 5.30pm

Sound and Music and Capsule present a half-day extended panel discussion exploring contexts for the presentation of sound works and performances and approaches to listening. Bringing together artists, academics and industry professionals this event is an opportunity for discussion of how artists and producers can best stage work, how audiences can be best encouraged to enjoy it and how we can all become better listeners. Counting In also acts as an informal networking opportunity for artists and producers.

Participants in this panel discussion include:

Artist Lucas Abela (aka Justice Yeldham) is notorious for his bloody sonic actions using amplified shards of glass. Lucas will be discussing the balance of sonic and visual elements in his work and his concerns with allowing sound to shine through his visceral performances.

Frances Morgan is deputy editor at The Wire magazine and a writer on music and film. Frances will discuss the different ways in which we experience 'live' music and sound, the challenges for journalists writing about it now, and how audience expectations are shaped by context.

Irene Revell is the Director of Electra, an organisation that curates, commissions and produces projects by artists working across sound, moving image, performance and the visual arts. Irene’s contribution to the panel will focus on Kim Gordon and Jutta Koether’s ‘Reverse Karaoke’, an installation that has toured European galleries during the last seven years and is on show at Eastside Projects as part of Supersonic 2012.

Simon Hall is a composer, sound engineer trombonist and Assistant Head of Music Technology at Birmingham Conservatoire, UK. Simon will be discussing modes of listening and the cultural deafness resulting from the sonic overload of our contemporary lives.

The panel will be Chaired by Richard Whitelaw, Head of Programmes at Sound and Music.

Sound and Music’s Counting In series is a rolling programme of panel discussions and presentations providing insights into professional practice across new music and sound.

The Art of Listening is panel is part of Capsule’s Supersonic 2012 festival (19 – 21 October). This year marks the ten-year anniversary of this dynamic, constantly challenging, experimental, multi-disciplinary arts festival, which identifies the otherwise indescribable connections between experimental music, art, performance and film.

Tickets are FREE to weekend ticket holders (places are limited and booking in advance is essential via with ‘LISTENING’ in the title) or £10 tickets available here.

Counting In: The Art of Listening is supported by Birmingham City University.

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