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The Acousmatic Lectures stem from discursive practices and propose a listening experience based on the Pythagorean acousmatic model: a mode of presentation in which the speaker is hidden from the public. Our Acousmatic Lectures encourage both orator and listeners to focus exclusively on the acoustic space that gives frame to the spoken word, its temperament and tone, without the visual aid of supplementary images or the body language of the speaker. For this series of lectures, all visual clues provided by the speaker’s facial and bodily expressions (which would normally influence the reception of the information presented) are to remain hidden. Non-the-less, the physical presence of the speaker will still be made evident through the speaker’s voice and its dissemination in the space surrounding her/him. In so doing, the dialectical confrontation between abstract and sensorial information is underscored, confronting us with an unexpected school of decision: that of listening.
Two sides of a curtain
Essay on acousmatics
A curtain splits the room in two. You can speak and listen on both sides. However, both sides are not the same. One knows more than the other. But which?
A lecture with examples from Pierre Schaeffer to Alessandro Bosetti.
Marcus Gammel, born in Bremen in 1975, studied musicology, literature and philosophy in Berlin, Paris and New York. Works as radio producer, dramatruge and music journalist. Since 2009, he directs the sound art programme of Deutschlandradio Kultur. Prix Phonurgia Nova 2005 for “Europas Wahn” (with Viktoria Tkaczyk).
Memory at the Time of the Anthropocene:
Notes on the Post-Archive
The lecture concerns new perspectives on the archive before the background of an evolving understanding of memory and remembering. I focus on the question as to whether we can think the archive as anything other than a storage facility.
Sven Spieker teaches in the Comparative Literature Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He specializes in modern and contemporary art and literature, with an emphasis on Russia and East-Central Europe, and a special interest in issues related to documentary and knowledge production in art. Spieker has lectured and published on topics ranging from the historical avant-garde (Malevich, Rodchenko, Dziga Vertov) to late 20th-century art practice from Wolfgang Kippenberger to subREAL. His books and articles have appeared in German, Korean, Russian, Swedish, Polish, and English. Spieker has organized several international conferences (most recently: The Office in the Studio: The Administration of Modernism at the University of Jena, Germany). Spieker‘s latest book publication focused on the archive as a crucible of European modernism (The Big Archive, MIT Press, 2008; Korean translation 2014). Spieker is the founding editor of ARTMargins Print and a member of the editorial collective that runs ARTMargins Online.
Current projects include a Critical Anthology of Conceptual Art in Eastern Europe; a study of Didactic Art, as well as a book about Kazimir Malevich in the media age.
Archive Detained/Archive Unleashed: around ‘The Insider’
For the occasion, scholar and musician Ernesto Estrella will present some of the conceptual and voice explorations of narrative frames that he is currently developing in his ongoing series The Insider.
I have been interested for while now in the intervention of formats/frames of communication that have voice as a center. From poetry reading, lectures, folkloric songs, meditation exercises or political speeches, I am drawn drastically towards structures that work perfectly, that are actually the oil, the clean, transparent channel of most of our shared experiences in society. Thoughts, feelings, lack of feelings, lack of thoughts are normally shared and concealed through this channels. As I am actually doing now. The problem is I am attracted to those structures and formalities that makes us walk and talk because I want them to fail, I want them to be broken, and open, alive, so that we get a sense of scent, the taste, of what is actually going on inside those talks, those walks, those clear acts that defend our identity.
Ernesto Estrella is an educator, poet, and musician born in Granada who has lived in New York since 2000. He completed his Ph.D. at Columbia University, and between 2007 and 2011 he was a professor of Contemporary Poetry at Yale University´s Spanish and Portuguese department. Since the spring of 2012 he has turned to Berlin as a second base for his artistic and academic work. Ernesto has authored several books and articles on poetry theory and criticism, and his Spanish translation of Thoreau´s Journals has just been published. As a poet, his latest book Boca de prosas (Prosemouths), appeared in 2014, and is now being translated into English and German. His multimedia book Achronos was part of CUNY´s Virtual Poetry Project.