Noise & Reality: The Malevolence of our Times (Three Day Residency)

11-13 April 2016

Cafe Oto
18–22 Ashwin street
Dalston
London
E8 3DL

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Noise & Reality: the Malevolence of Our Times

“Nothing to do, nothing to say... waiting for the gift of Sound and Vision.” – David Bowie, 1977

This could be a good description with which to begin an understanding of our times. There is a lack of a common and general vision for the future, while most people’s present sinks into oblivion. Someone, somewhere is profiting out of this situation however.

What is to be done from within this abject picture?

We might start by understanding our own conditioning, generating some agency, or at least recognising our lack of it. Certainly, there is a lack of harmony in reality and the complexity of many aspects of the world around us has expanded to new and unprecedented levels of mediation and indecipherability. Nevertheless, we have the tools and equipment to understand our times as never before in history, there are just so many cultural inscriptions of it. During these three days we will engage with conversations, concerts and performances dealing with noise, economic crisis and experiments in language that acknowledge our alienated condition.

Let's try to understand the noise and reality of our present so we can consciously produce the sound and vision of the future (without waiting for someone to give it to us).





MONDAY 11 APRIL
NOISE, EPISTEMOLOGY AND ABJECTION
Inigo Wilkins and Cecile Malaspina: conversation on noise and epistemology
"              " [sic] Tim Goldie
Billy Bao
VOMIR


TUESDAY 12 APRIL
LANGUAGE, VOICE AND CRISIS
Anguish Language (with different participants)
Miguel Prado and Mattin: Evacuation of the Voice (release concert)
Laboria Cuboniks & d-n-e:: Sounding of the Xenofeminist Manifesto
Xabier Erkizia


WEDNESDAY 13 APRIL
ALIENATION AS AN ENABLING CONDITION
Ray Brassier (via Skype) and Mattin: conversation on alienation
Seymour Wright and Sally Golding
Social Realist Score (Working Draft) post-workshop performance



WORKSHOP – SOCIAL REALIST SCORE

12–13 April 2016, 10am–2pm
Workshop: Social Realist Score
OTO Project Space


“How do we perform a score that deals with the fuckedupness of this world? Refugee crisis, economic meltdown, cold and hot war, Europe moving to the right and there is no vision for the future. Nevertheless we can generate an score with the information that we get from the present state of affairs and try to find ways to interpret it. If John Cage brought to the surface the sounds of the room in his composition 4'33'' changing the foreground and background relationship in music (i.e. no sound of a proper musicians is more valid that that produced by an audience member, or the room), we would take an step further and bring to the foreground the reality outside of the room, and find ways of engaging with it from our privileged position. We will take the apparent impossibility of changing the course of reality in parallel with the paralysis that might occur in the room out of accepting certain social conventions. Without shying away from contradictions and confrontation, we will play with this paralysis and we will deal with our anxieties in order to understand how do we become subjects in a given situation. In concrete terms, the score is a way to link the global affairs with the context of Cafe Oto through processing social relations by sonic and performative means using ourselves as instruments.”








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