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FIELD STUDIES 2014
SPRING WORKSHOP
LONDON, 14–17 APRIL
COURS DE POETIQUE

Masterclasses
Sam Auinger
Michael Klïen
Claudia Molitor
Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda

Keynote talk
David Toop

Workshops
Joseph Kohlmaier
Stefan Kraus
Melanie Pappenheim

‘A sculpture can be heard before it can be seen’.
Joseph Beuys, 1982

Field Studies is a four-day masterclass led by acclaimed international artists and composers, complemented by a programme of workshops, evening lectures, screenings and performances. First taught in 2010 and originally conceived as a field-recording course exploring sound in the context of architecture and the city, Field Studies attracts students from many different backgrounds due to the course’s eccentric curriculum and the people who teach it.

Field Studies is an opportunity to learn how sound can be recorded; how hearing affects the way we perceive places and space; and how ‘sound’ can operate as a paradigm and starting point in creative practice and discourse. At the same time, the question of sound tends to move to the periphery as the course develops, in favour of other questions that may be about music, notation and choreography; recording and observation; public space, citizenship, or simple acts such as cooking and eating together. Adopted from a short essay by Paul Valéry that represents the value of distraction and practice over theory, this year’s subtitle pays hommage to the most interesting of these: how can a group of strangers, within a matter of a few days form an ‘ensemble’ and, starting from a simple question or proposition, develop a performance based on a common sense of purpose?

Field Studies is organised by Musarc, a research and teaching programme led by Joseph Kohlmaier at The Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University. Musarc explores performance and composition in relation to the creative process; investigates listening in the context of architecture and the city; and has at its heart one of London’s most progressive amateur choirs.

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Sam Auinger

Sam Auinger

Sam Auinger is a composer and sound-artist based in Berlin. Together with Bruce Odland he founded O+A in 1989. Their central theme is "hearing perspective". Their work is known for large scale, public space sound installations which transform city noise into harmony in real-time. Beside his artistic work Sam Auinger was a guest professor at the University of the Arts in Berlin.. He is collaborating with cityplaners and architects, giving lectures and is a frequent participant of international symposiums on the topics of urban planing, architecture, media, the senses and sound in specific.
www.samauinger.de

Michael Klïen

Michael Klïen

Michael Kliën’s artistic practice encompasses interdisciplinary thinking, critical writing, curatorial projects, and centrally, choreographic works equally at home in the Performing as well as the Fine Arts. His works have been performed and situated in many countries across the world. Commissions include Ballett Frankfurt, ZKM (Karlsruhe), Tanzquartier Wien and the Vienna Volksoper; exhibitions include IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) and Hayward Gallery (London). He received a PhD from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2009 and, as a committed teacher, has been lecturing about his findings at numerous distinguished academic and non-academic institutions. He has been co-founder and Artistic Director of the London based arts group Barriedale Operahouse (1994—2000) and Artistic Director/CEO of Daghdha Dance Company (2003—2011). Based in Greece and Ireland, he is currently working as an independent artist.
www.michaelklien.com

Claudia Molitor

Claudia Molitor

Photo by Claire Shovelton

Claudia Molitor is a composer/artist whose work often draws on traditions of music and sound practices but also extends to video, performance and fine art. Qualifications and hierarchies of listening and seeing are explored in work that approaches the musical experience as a multi-sensorial encounter. Her work is regularly commissioned, performed and broadcast throughout Europe, recently having worked with hcmf//, Spor, Tete a Tete, BBC Proms, Tate Britain, Electra Productions, Sonica, Turner Contemporary and Cryptic.
www.claudiamolitor.org www.asonicview.org

Akio Suzuki

Aki Suzuki

Photo by Keiko Yoshida

A legendary Japanese sound artist Akio Suzuki has been performing, building instruments, and presenting sound installations for nearly 40 years. His music is simple and pure, exploring how natural atmospheres and sounds can be harnessed and then set free. To experience his art is to lose oneself in the sound that surrounds us. Akio performs on a range of unique self-made instruments including Analapos – an instrument he invented in the 1970s that creates echoes through the acoustic transmissions of a spiral cord stretched between two metal cylinders, De Koolmees - consisting of hollow glass tubes suspended over a frame, and an ancient stone flute (Iwabue) passed down through his family for many generations. Akio has collaborated with artists such as Toru Takemitsu, Takehisa Kosugi, Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, Steve Lacy and John Butcher.

Aki Onda

Aki Suzuki

Photo by Eric Mattson

Aki Onda is an electronic musician, composer, and visual artist. Onda was born in Japan and currently resides in New York. He is particularly known for his Cassette Memories project - works compiled from a "sound diary" of field-recordings collected by Onda over a span of more than two decades. Onda's musical instrument of choice is the cassette Walkman. Not only does he capture field recordings with the Walkman, he also physically manipulates multiple Walkmans with electronics in his performances. In recent years, Onda often works in interdisciplinary fields and collaborates with filmmakers and visual artists. His on-going collaborations include "Nervous Magic Lantern" with Ken Jacobs, improv trio with Michael Snow and Alan Licht, site-specific happening with Akio Suzuki, and audio-visual installation/performance with Raha Raissnia.

Keynote talk/performance

David Toop

David Toop

David Toop is a composer/musician, author and curator based in London who has worked in many fields of music, writing and listening practice. He has recorded Yanomami shamanism in Amazonas, appeared on Top of the Pops, exhibited sound installations internationally, and performed with artists including John Zorn, Evan Parker, Bob Cobbing, Ivor Cutler, Akio Suzuki, Elaine Mitchener, Lore Lixenberg, Rie Nakajima and Max Eastley. His published books include Ocean of Sound, Haunted Weather, and Sinister Resonance. He has released eight solo albums, including Screen Ceremonies, Black Chamber and Sound Body, and as a theorist and critic has written for many publications. Exhibitions he has curated include Sonic Boom at the Hayward Gallery, London, Playing John Cage at Arnolfini, Bristol, and Blow Up at Flat-Time House, London. His opera – Star-shaped Biscuit – was performed in Aldeburgh in 2012 and he is currently writing Into the Maelstrom: Improvised Music and the Pursuit of Freedom. He is University of the Arts London Chair of Audio Culture and Improvisation.

Workshops

Joseph Kohlmaier

Joseph Kohlmaier

Photo by Chryssa Panoussiadou

Joseph Kohlmaier is an artist, teacher and graphic designer whose work ranges from public art projects to education, writing, performance and composition. Born in Austria, Joseph studied photography at the Schule für Künstlerische Photographie in Vienna and architectural history in London, where he gained a masters degree in 2005 and where he now teaches as a senior lecturer in the history and theory of architecture. He is one of the founding directors of graphic design practice Polimekanos. He founded Musarc in 2008 and acts as its creative director.

Stefan Kraus

Stefan Kraus

Photo by Ludovic des Cognets

Stefan Kraus is an independent artist and director of graphic design practice Polimekanos. He worked in London for Imagination, Nick Bell Design and for Duncan Baird Publishers. Before moving to England in 1997, Stefan studied at the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saarbrücken in Germany, where he received his degree, and also for one year at the Beaux-Arts de Nancy in France. His main focus of his studies were fine art, art theory and design.
www.stefankraus.eu

Melanie Pappenheim

Melanie Pappenheim

Melanie Pappenheim is a singer and performer. Always interested in combining music with visual art, she has devised work with numerous leading multimedia groups including DV8 Physical Theatre, Lumiere & Son and The Shout. She appeared as the solo singer/actor in the award winning A Ring A Lamp A Thing at the ROH by playwright Caryl Churchill and composer Orlando Gough and also at the ENO as Elizabeth I in Dr Dee by Damon Albarn and Rufus Norris. Her voice has inspired many contemporary composers such as Gavin Bryars, Graham Fitkin and her long time collaborator Jocelyn Pook – she was the soloist in Pook’s highly acclaimed Hearing Voices, directed by Emma Bernard, performed at the QEH in December 2012 with the BBC concert orchestra. Melanie’s voice can be heard on countless TV and film scores including Gangs Of New York, Eyes Wide Shut and Dr Who – she was the soloist in the first ever Dr Who Prom in 2008. She runs her own company Flam Productions with fellow singer Rebecca Askew, composes music for plays and radio drama and has created several sound installations with Echo City stalwart Giles Perring. Her first collaboration with Musarc was ‘Sweet Dreams’ performed at St Sepulchre’s church in the City of London in July 2013.
www.melaniepappenheim.com

Location

Field Studies
Mon 14 – Thu 17 April 2014

The Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design
London Metropolitan University
Central House
59-63 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7PF
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Application

The fee for Field Studies is £350 for professionals and £290 for students. The concessionary rate is available to artists on application. The course is limited to a maximum of 40 participants. To apply, please send a short statement to Joseph Kohlmaier j.kohlmaier@musarc.org. The application deadline is 1 April 2014.

Studio materials, recording equipment and lunch will be provided. You need to arrange your own travel to and from the faculty, and accommodation if you live outside London.

Field Studies 2012

Musarc Field Studies 2013, © Joseph Kohlmaier

Davide Tidoni. Photo: Joseph Kohlmaier

Tutors 2012: Brandon Labelle, Lee Patterson, Davide Tidoni
Lectures: John Dack, Helen Frosi
Keynote talk: Christina Kubish

Participants: Joss Allen, Andrej Bako, Antoine Bertin, Ian Blake, John Boursnell, David Buck, Tom Fotheringham, Paul Freeman, Martin Hogg, Peter Hudston, Zigor Iturbe Martin, Anja Kanngieser, Fergus Kelly, Sebastian Kirmaier, Ksenija Ladic, Franke Leuwer, Leonardo Liccini, Caryl Mann, Paul Martin, Toby O’connor, Kate Ogley, Albert Pellicer, Dawn Scarfe, Francesca Sciandra, Jessica Smulders Cohen, Tom Soloveitzik, Daniela Terrile, Duncan Tullis, Esther Waterfield, Liam Wells, Trent Workman, Woon Zung

Field Studies 2011

Musarc Field Studies 2011, © David Cowlard

Photo: David Cowlard

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Tutors 2011: Raviv Ganchrow, Liminal, Esther Venrooy
Lectures: David Grandorge, Ian Rawes, Allan Seago
Keynote talk: Tim Ingold

Participants: Alexandra Albert, Russell Callow, Alessandro Carboni, Rosa Chan, Kat Davis, Christian Groothuizen, Jack Harris, Sophie Hoyle, Lara Karady, Sebastian Kite, Sarah Lovett, Toby O’Connor, Sibella Parry, Owen Price, Sabrina Recoules Quang, Louie Rice, Ines Salpico, Alberto Sanchez, Daisuke Sato, Davide Tidoni, Magnus Williams, Maria Santaleauria Badia

Field Studies 2010

Musarc Field Studies 2010, © Davide Tidoni

Photo: Davide Tidoni

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Tutors 2010: Marc Behrens, Justin Bennett, John Levack Drever

Participants: Alexandra Albert, Russell Callow, Alessandro Carboni, Rosa Chan, Kat Davis, Christian Groothuizen, Jack Harris, Sophie Hoyle, Lara Karady, Sebastian Kite, Sarah Lovett, Toby O’Connor, Sibella Parry, Owen Price, Sabrina Recoules Quang, Louie Rice, Ines Salpico, Alberto Sanchez, Daisuke Sato, Davide Tidoni, Magnus Williams, Maria Santaleauria Badia

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