Reel Lives concert series will be playing Virtual Voices, an 8 channel work by Hannah Kemp-Welch & I. This three part concert series is curated by Cathy Lane as part of the Reel Lives exhibition. Book on eventbrite.
Artists include Ain Bailey, Caroline Bergvall, Kate Carr, Viv Corringham, Poulomi Desai, Caroline Devine, Lisa Hall and Hannah Kemp-Welch, Cathy Lane, Lina Lapelyte, Brona Martin, Else M’bala and Karen Power
Virtual Voices reviews the current use of automated voices in our cities - considering how human presence is represented through recorded and digitally manipulated sound, and how this is used to direct our behaviour. The work questions how automation has been implemented, re-visioning the positive changes that voice technology could bring to working lives if social good were considered over profit motive.
"It seems as if an invisible, disembodied workforce has moved into the cities. A workforce who have replaced certain roles such as train operators, ticket inspectors, check-out sellers and lift operators. They are becoming more and more present, sounding out from new devices, serving new roles, talking more, and more, and more. Yet who are they?"
Virtual Voices articulates this workforce: hearing it's many mouths and many heads that speak simultaneously across great distances, hearing it's limited representation of the population, it's gender bias, and it's embodiment in the machinery it speaks from - the lumps of technology now clothed in a sonic human identity. Looking to the future, the work proposes how we could shape a positive automated future - one that doesn't result in mass unemployment or misrepresentation, but supports the anti-work movement's call for "The Right To Be Lazy". In support of this the artists commit their own voices into a hybrid synthetic persona, creating their own virtual workforce to speak on their behalf.
Virtual Voices is part of the project Listening for Instruction - a sonic survey reviewing the current position of automated sounds in our cities.
Hannah and I are taking our Laziness Lounge to Soundling Festival this Sunday - performing it through a sonic game of cards as Sonic Sloth
With anti-work theory texts and sounds of relaxation, we'll be sounding out a space for consideration of a life without 'jobs'.
We're on at 1.30, Canvas Cafe, Brick Lane. Full details here.
There's a great line up through the rest of the festival too - Riot Ensemble & Heather Roche, Cath Roberts, Dee Byrne, Ute Kanngiesser, Crystabel Riley, Ingrid Plum, Poulomi Desai, a Free Improv Workshop, a Turntable Workshop which includes works by; Jennifer Walshe, Pauline Oliveros, Ingrid Plum and Ryoko Akama and a pop up record store on Sunday too.
The festival is celebrating new music created by non-cis-male artists as a response to growing social concerns over equality in the arts and worldwide. Full details here.
A few thoughts in pictures from visitors to our Sound Map workshop at Tate Modern's June Tate Late
Visitors we're invited to listen to two minute audio tracks of the top most spoken languages, and to respond to the question What did you hear? on a postcard, attaching it to the map. Full details > Sound Map.
Great to be apart of this LCC Spring Research Symposium this week sharing my work with the urban environment in Walking With Crickets and hearing more about the amazing A Downland Index publication by Angus Carlyle & Corinne Silva's Garden State in ref to the panel theme of Natural Environments & Atmospheres.
Lovely to meet Robbie Judkins recently and to take a cricket song sound walk around east London together talking about the sound of crickets and insects.
His brilliant radio show Animal Sounds, has a new episode #8 Insects that will air on Resonance 104.4 FM on Friday 25th Nov at 20.00. and feature a bit of our walk.
Its also going to be online afterwards on the Resonance FM Mixcloud page.
The amazing poster image is by Wil Judkins
15th October 2016
10.30 – 17.00
A one day workshop to explore audio interventions with me at the V&A. Build a small portable audio play back kit and use it to create audio intervention in the V&A or surrounding streets.
Read more and book on the V&A site.
An excerpt of Walking with Crickets will feature on an upcoming radio show on the BBC Radio 4 Natural Histories series exploring the cultural interest in Crickets.
A cricket walk and interview were recorded on 8th August by Brett Westwood & Sarah Blunt with myself, Ximena Alarcon, Hannah Kemp-Welch & Francesca Oldfield in Elephant and Castle.
On air: November 2016 - Tuesday 1st @ 11am & Monday 7th @ 9pm.
Online in November listen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05w99gb/episodes/player
Photo by Sarah Blunt
A curated playlist of sound works selected by Framework Radio - featuring the lovely recording made by Richard Bentley on the Points of Listening sound walk in April - Walking with Crickets.
Listen here: http://www.frameworkradio.net/2016/05/553-2016-05-22/
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