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Fluid Sounds

  • to take place on Amager (Denmark), June 18-21, 2015

Fluid Sounds is based on audio seminars that bring bodily, situated and affective modes of research into play. Through audio workshops, participants investigate various issues related to the island of Amager, a cultural remix that calls for cross-disciplinary and practice-based knowledge production. Workshops and presentations take place at the University of Copenhagen on Amager.

Fluid Sounds combine art and knowledge by allowing multiple ways of sensing, perceiving and experiencing situations and the urban environment. Topics may include the sound of urban transformation and renewal, issues of architecture and design in urban planning, cultural activism and social change, as well as North Atlantic connections from Amager to Greenland and Faroe Islands. Thus the audio seminar might reverse the old Colonial relation between margin and center by focusing on the material, sensuous and situated aspects of cultural knowledge.


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Site-specific Keynote Lectures:

Brandon LaBelle:

On the productions of a poor acoustics

Expelled, expelling, exiting and then entering: to come up again, against the odds, the ruins the disintegrating myth and the voices of the expelled, expelling, exiting and then entering, again: to speak the unspeakable, to resound to disperse. Shall we follow the idea? Shall we search for a new country? Shall we rewrite the script the future the project: with the potentials and the tragedies and the knowledges of what he and she have called the new hobo nation. The powers of the weak, the fragile, the displaced. And which we might begin to hear as the emergence of a new narrative – the figures that move, itinerant, occupy, and that construct a poor acoustics.

Brandon LaBelle is an artist, writer and theorist working with sound culture, voice, and questions of agency. He develops and presents artistic projects and performances within a range of international contexts, often working collaboratively and in public. Recent projects include “Civic Center”, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, “Sixth Housing Estate”, South London Gallery, London, and “Hobo College”, Marrakech Biennial parallel project. He is the author of Lexicon of the Mouth: Poetics and Politics of Voice and the Oral Imaginary (2014), Diary of an Imaginary Egyptian (2012), Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life (2010), and Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art (2006). He is the editor of Errant Bodies Press and Professor at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway.

Holger Schulze:

Idiosyncrasy as Method: Reflections on the epistemic continuum

There is a vast multitude of epistemic practices. As researchers we listen while reading, we taste while counting, we are gesturing and dancing around monitors and loudspeakers. The epistemic continuum of research historically never revolved exclusively around the alphanumeric system and its related practices of reading and counting, measuring, computing and writing. Yet, this rather idiosyncratic bias towards letters and numbers, rather obsessively reiterated in the field of academia, still today is actively operating in funding institutions, in research environments and in publishing houses. This lecture (operating, alas – as a quite uncomfortable proof of concept – to a larger extent in the alphanumeric system) will investigate this broader epistemic continuum. Could we identify our respective, individual and sensory idiosyncrasies as the actual core elements in any historical as well as future research methodologies?

Site-specific Installations and Performances:

Jeremy Woodruff:

Green Interactive Bio Feedback environments

In Green Interactive Biofeedback Environments (GIBE) members of the urban garden project, Urban Planten, part of Miljøpunkt Amager, will use private music collections and the recorded soundscape of the garden as fluid repackageable sound resources to investigate civic acoustic interaction. The soundscape of the urban garden will be a focal point of the sound. The participating members of the garden in Amager will generate a “sound compost” for the GIBE project. The sound compost will contain all of the music files owned by the members of the garden as well as results of field recordings that they carry out at the garden.

Urbanhaven, Urbanplanen, Peder Lykkesvej 71, 2300 Copenhagen S 


Music4Giants Prelude

The possibility that man can be released from its obsession with man, is examined through an immersive musical in three parts. Music4Giants prelude is the first part. Music4Giants prelude occurs at the intersection of audio composition, choreography, art-based research, performance, new age, musical and spatial installation. A series of unfinished musical sketches tested on humans, and a tribute to the non-human is initiated.

Created by HEAVEN. Evening reception on Teaterøen / The Theatre Island, Amager.

More information

Visit the website Fluidsounds.ruc.dk

Sanne Krogh Groth, sanneg@ruc.dk or Kristine Samson, ksamson@ruc.dk