15–29 November – complimenting the Georgian history of the building, Disinformation’s installation The Analysis of Beauty is based upon William Hogarth’s thesis of the same name. Hogarth, fascinated by ‘Serpentine Lines’, argued that ‘S’ shaped lines were active, lively and stimulating and therefore beautiful. As Serpentine lines correspond to what we today call sinusoidal waves, a fundamental visual form derived from mathematics and from musical acoustics, these lines present numerous possibilities for interpretation.
17 November – the place symposium focuses on sound in gallery spaces with guest speaker Joe Banks (Disinformation), artist and author of Rorschach Audio: Art & Illusion for Sound Place (Starts 2pm).
27 November – renowned experimental saxophonist Michel Doneda celebrates his 60th birthday with free improvisation collective Edimpro.
2–20 December – reach explores sound as a connector across distance. Selected from an open call to international artists reach is an endless playlist of 3D sonic art from around the world, reflecting the vast range of contemporary sonic arts practice, played through a specifically installed 12 channel ambisonic (3D) sound system.
8 December – a workshop led by composer Marcin Pietruszewski allows participants to use Supercollider software to access and manipulate the custom built sound system.
15 December – the reach discussion will briefly reflect on the results of the open call and will introduce the technologies behind the playlist and we’ll explain how it all came together. This session will be workshop-based so bring a laptop with cycling74’s MaxMSP installed. It can be downloaded here and the demo lasts for 30 days: www.cycling74.com.
Throughout January – promoting the work of University staff, students and recent graduates, touch here to begin features works that test the potential of mobile phone technology in a gallery setting. The works show how user engagement and roving systems can profoundly change the way we interact with sound and our surroundings.
Throughout February – work by a leading sonic artist will be installed to close the programme. Taking place in the Georgian Gallery, which used to serve as the University’s Natural History Museum, the project will play upon the idea of fieldwork and the use and appropriation of natural sounds. This is accompanied with a nature symposium, including discussions and debate about the role of sound in the wider urban and rural environment. Can sound art, sonic artists and their work play a role in policy, wellbeing and public health?
15 February – composer and sound artist Martin Parker performs his multi-speaker rant playRoom. This concert will litter the gallery with speakers: come and sit where you like, there is no sweetspot.
Special extra event
17–21 February – as part of the University’s Innovative Learning Week, renowned composer Augustino Di Scipio leads a public workshop on his pioneering work on audible ecosystems