Saturday 23 November 2019, 12.30pm
FREE ENTRY – BOOKING REQUIRED
Curator Christine Eyene challenges the eurocentric and patriarchal history of sound art with a new book Sounds Like Her - Gender, Sound Art and Sonic Cultures.
Building on the major UK touring exhibition of the same name, Sounds Like Her - Gender, Sound Art and Sonic Cultures challenges the Eurocentric and patriarchal frameworks that have informed the history of sound art and, to some extent, continue to define current practice.
Sounds Like Her is a challenge to the restrictive social construct of female voices. The book re-frames how we experience the dynamic of sound as practiced by women from diverse cultures and gender identities.
Q&A with Christine Eyene, Cathy Lane and Salomé Voegelin
The themes, debate, and curatorial perspective are explored through three new essays by Christine Eyene (curator and author), Cathy Lane (sound artist, composer and professor of Sound Art at the University of the Arts London) and artist and author Salomé Voegelin (author of The Political Possibility of Sound, Bloomsbury). The authors will be discussing the project with New Art Exchange curator Cindy Sissokho.
DJ Sets from Ain Bailey and Government DJ AKA Evan Ifekoya
Ain Bailey is a sound artist and DJ and one of the most respected practitioners working in the field today. Her compositions encompass field recordings and found sounds and are inspired by ideas and reflections on silence and absence, architectural urban spaces, and feminist activism.
Government DJ is the (dj) moniker of artist Evan Ifekoya, providing a curriculum for the dance floor and State (un)sanctioned sounds. Spanning hydrophone recordings, healing frequencies, techno and trap - no sounds are off limits here.
The definition of Sound Art has always been narrow, from the perspective of gender, and international cultures. The book widens and rebalances the understanding of the art form and embraces the rich vein of work that needs to be a part of a new history of this creative practice.
Launch event timings at Cafe OTO
Welcome and drinks
Q&A hosted by Cindy Sissokho with Christine Eyene, Cathy Lane, Salomé Voegelin
2pm - 3.15pm
DJ set - Ain bailey
3.15 - 4.30pm
DJ set - Government DJ AKA Evan Ifekoya
Featured Artists in the book
The book highlights the work of seven artists working across diverse cultures including: Ain Bailey (UK), Sonia Boyce OBE RA (UK), Linda O’Keeffe (IE/UK), Christine Sun Kim (US), Elsa M’bala (CM/DE), Madeleine Mbida (CM), Magda Stawarska-Beavan (PL/UK).
Each artist uses sound as a medium or subject matter to explore voice, noise, organic and synthetic sounds, rhythmic patterns, sonic structures and diverse materialisations of sound. The works discussed in the book include mixed media pieces comprising audio, installation, painting, print, drawing, video, as well as interactive practice.
Sounds Like Her is originated by the New Art Exchange, Nottingham UK with Christine Eyene - an international curator and art historian known for her enquiry into contemporary African art, gendered perspectives and non-object based art practices.
Visitors to the event will have the opportunity to meet curators, artists and authors involved in the project and pick up a copy of the signed book.
Books will be available for sale: Price: £20.00
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