I will present a version of ‘Voice Recognition: A Play’ at Listening to Literature: A One Day Symposium on Soundscapes, which will take place at The Queen’s Building, University of Exeter on Friday July 28th 2017.
Link for Registration via Eventbrite.
How do we hear literature, and how do we write about hearing? How is music represented in literature, or literature represented in music? This one day symposium aims to bring together researchers from a variety of disciplines to discuss cultural perceptions of literary soundscapes, the difficulty of capturing sound in text, and the way text is expressed in sound.
I will present a new work, a collaboration with composer/performer Benjamin D. Duvall as part of Gramophone Ray Gun 6 at Everyman Bistro in Liverpool on Thursday April 27th. The event is organised by Mark Greenwood, and will also feature work from Patricia Farrell and from James Davies.
The collaboration, ‘subject to gesture’, combines live reading and manipulation of the voice feed via a mixer and two treated electric guitars, a drum and other objects. Dock Road Press will publish a pamphlet version of the text and a diagram of the audio set up.
The note to the text reads:
‘Subject to Gesture’ was written in part using found material from a number of sources and being open to the political and cultural mood of Spring 2017. It exists alongside a collaborative work for performance developed between writer Mark Leahy and composer/performer Benjamin D. Duvall. The pair were introduced by Mark Greenwood, who suggested that they might work together and offered them a slot in the Gramophone Ray Gun series at The Bistro, Liverpool Everyman. The live work was premiered at Gramophone Ray Gun, on Thursday 27th April 2017.
I will perform ‘his voice’ at Language Game[s]: Poetry, Logic and Artificial Language on May 5th at Chelsea College of Arts, London.
The performance is part of a one-day symposium that considers the association between language and human consciousness.
Convened by Dr Sheena Calvert, Language Game[s] will include presentations, demonstrations and artworks from the fields of visual art, design, philosophy, artificial intelligence, science, linguistics and critical theory.
I will present ‘his voice’ as part of the programme of Other Codes / Cóid Eile – Digital Literatures in Context at National University of Ireland, Galway, 11-12 May 2017. The conference is hosted by the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies. This two-day event is the first Galway Digital Cultures Initiative conference.
The schedule is online here.
Digital media technologies have forced us to reconsider the significance of geographical and cultural borders in social and artistic interaction. As Hudson and Zimmerman (2015) argue, “New media ecologies produce transnational environments, where physical and bodily location simultaneously matters and doesn’t matter”. Texts and images are circulated between groups and individuals in specific cultural and geographical contexts, yet they simultaneously enable the forging of networked virtual communities around shared experiences and interests. (from Other Codes website)
On March 15th I will present ‘after alert catchers: a report on an other (than) worded event’ at the Beyond Words conference 2017 at Plymouth University. The conference is the culmination of an AHRC funded research project that explored relations of arts to health and wellbeing.
My paper discusses the ‘alert catchers’ project by artists Gabby Hoad, Susie David and Megan Calver at Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve in 2016. I make connections between the artists’ practices and questions of networks, of scoring, and of naming. References are made to work by Donna Haraway, Bruno Latour, Jane Bennett and Kathleen Stewart.