15 November 2018 | 3-4pm workshop (RSVP) | 4-4.30pm Talk
Listening for Instruction Workshop:
Add an entry into the Delhi “Dictionary of Beeps” - a zine that catalogues and defines the automated sounds heard in the city. Listen for the beeps, bips, hisses, tones and sirens, that sound out from busses, trains, passing vehicles and beyond;
/(pu) (pe) (pu) (pe) (pu) (pe) /
/ (e) (aaaaaaa) /
Through sound walks in the city, we’ll record, visualise and interpret the meaning of these sounds - for inclusion in a Delhi edition of a “Dictionary of Beeps”.
The “Dictionary of Beeps” was created during a listening survey in London (UK) by Lisa Hall and Hannah Kemp-Welch, to better understand the automated sonic landscape that is becoming more and more present in our urban spaces. These sounds of automation are often described simply as ‘beeps’ and ‘sirens’ yet they differ wildly and can convey complex information. They are designed to grab our attention, yet their ubiquity means they often fade into the background. In effect they form a language of the machinery that we interact with in our urban spaces, becoming the voice of the moving electronic limbs, objects and buildings around us.
“Dictionary of Beeps” is made in conjunction with two sound work “Virtual Voices”, currently exhibited at Sound Reasons Festival and 'Journey' as part of the 'Listening for Instruction' project.
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Listening for Instruction Talk:
A short gallery talk with Lisa Hall at 4pm will give an overview of the project Listening for Instruction which includes the exhibited work Virtual Voices and the Dictionary of Beeps workshop.
Korean Cultural Center, New Delhi
Sound Reasons Festival http://soundreasons.in/festival/
Virtual Voices, a collaborative work made with Hannah Kemp-Welch, is on show at Sound Reasons Festival till 21 Nov.
Exhibited at Sound Reasons Festival, Virtual Voices is part of an ongoing project “Listening for Instruction” by Lisa Hall and Hannah Kemp-Welch - a sonic survey that investigates the automated sounds of our urban environments. Attempting to hear between the lines - to decipher the beeps and bips of automated machinery, to hear beyond the words of the synthetic voices and to imagine a new future of automation.
Venzha Christ, Marcus Maeder, Shun Owada, Arnont Nongyao, Salomé Voegelin, Ish S, Cathy Lane, da Saz, Suvani Suri, Paul Purgas, diFfuSed beats, Lisa Hall & Hannah Kemp-Welch, Wicked Mannequins, Bidisha Das, Kaushal Sapre and Dipali Gupta
Curators Note, by Ish S:
For the second and the third ReINSTALL sessions of the Sound Reasons Festival VI, we have engaged with the possibilities of Sound and its capabilities to make unseen connections, to hold un-assumed narratives and produce curative and creative tensions. While expanding upon the spectrum of the potentiality in Sound, we want to initiate a listening experience using artistic explorations and inter-media intersections.
In these works there is an interplay of text, video, synthesis, sampling, narratives with other creative practices and musique concrete processes. We conduct a curative dialogue with other mediums in which a listener is invited to explore its generative phenomenological possibilities rather than preserve/observe the actuality of the sonic event(s). It is therefore listening into a world, in order to hear what all it could be – to reconsider the frame of current actuality and explore the complexity of its sonic perceptions. This curative iteration is a thin slice of the sonic spectrum that reveals not just itself, but also opens up to newer resonating worlds for a listener, where the aim is to illuminate and generate the dynamically plural possibilities and not to just categorise and preserve it as a soundscape.
Very pleased to be working in residence at ISRO in December - I’ll be testing out some new ideas for works based around the sounding body in urban habitats.
About the ISRO:
The Indian Sonic Research Organisation is a collective of instrument builders and artists dedicated to the proliferation of experimental music and sound art. We experiment with old and new technologies including DIY and home-made instruments made with discarded electronics and found objects. We run a community music lab where we make, perform, teach and collaborate through workshops, performances and artist residencies. Our independent record label disseminates works by Asian composers, sound artists and musicians from India and abroad.
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