Monday, 30 March 2009

Listen in.

i like melanys idea of recording and playing and listening and eavesdropping and messaging and all that jazz.

we get some recording equipment, people can leave their responses to the exhibition, messages, thoughts anything. this is all then added to another machine where people can listen to what people have said or are saying, live, rewind it fast forward. its talking to yourself but other people are listening, then talking about what they have just heard.

Elmgreen & Dragset - Phone home

fast forward to 4:22 for what im talking about

Katie Paterson - Vatnajökull (the sound of)
where you call a number and listen to a microphone placed deep inside a glacier in iceland.

also, can we go here?

Tuesday, 17 March 2009


Silent Films? Only had this idea in response to the body language post. Also sign Language?

the power of silence too, sign language and silent film?

(this film is a clip from one of the top grossing silent films its from 1915?)

random ideas.


Lets get spiritual!

Has anyone ever tried to pay a bill and has had a fantastic conversation with a very sophisticated automated phone call?
I am endlessly impressed by artificial intelligence.

Redemption has never been so easy.

Repent here at:


From Wikipedia:
"Onomatopoeia (also spelled onomatopœia, from Greek: ονοματοποιΐα) also called imitative harmony, is a word or a grouping of words that imitates the sound it is describing, such as animal noises like "oink" or "meow", or suggesting its source object, such as "boom", "zoom", "click", "bunk", "clang", "buzz", "zap", or "bang". The word is a synthesis of the Greek words όνομα (onoma, = "name") and ποιέω (poieō, = "I make" or "I create") thus it essentially means "name creation", although it makes more sense combining "name" and "I do", meaning it is named (and spelled) as it sounds (e.g. quack, bang, etc.).Onomatopoeia (also spelled onomatopœia, from Greek: ονοματοποιΐα) also called imitative harmony, is a word or a grouping of words that imitates the sound it is describing, such as animal noises like "oink" or "meow", or suggesting its source object, such as "boom", "zoom", "click", "bunk", "clang", "buzz", "zap", or "bang". The word is a synthesis of the Greek words όνομα (onoma, = "name") and ποιέω (poieō, = "I make" or "I create") thus it essentially means "name creation", although it makes more sense combining "name" and "I do", meaning it is named (and spelled) as it sounds (e.g. quack, bang, etc.)"

On this notion we could imitate the sound of a wave, or an explosion using onomatopoeic words. 'Imitative harmony' sounds lovely.


Saturday, 14 March 2009

Herbert Read

I was having a look at the ICA website and discovered that Herbert Read was it's co-founder. I have read several essays from his book to 'To Hell with Culture' and I plan to read more. He was a poet, art and literature critic.
From Wikipedia; "Politically Read regarded himself as an anarchist, albeit in the English quitest tradition of Edward Carpenter and William Morris".

From the ICA website; "The ICA's founding principle was emphatically to stimulate dicussion, vitality, daring experiment and provide an alternative to 'another museum' or 'bleak exhibition gallery'. Over the last 60 years the institution has remained true to these ideals and continued to work across the broadest possible range of artistic and intellectual fields to encourage wider, sometimes unorthodox, understanding of art and culture" 

 Being the 'youth panel'  yet taking inspiration from the institutions founder could be an interesting thing to do...

express yourself

Also this might be rubbish but what about going down the interactive line making the space available for anyone to come in and write whatever they want, record whatever they want giving them the ability to express themselves in any way.
Therefore the finished product would be a piece of art so massive full of the visitors thoughts, themselves being individual artists and as a group as a whole a big bunch of words and sound that could mean anything.

heavy and light reading

Here are some books on Curating and the theoretical study of museums and galleries that people might want to look at??

Hooper-Greenhill, E. (1999) ŒMuseum learners as active postmodernists:
contextualizing constructivism¹, in E. Hooper-Greenhill (ed) The educational
role of the museum, London and New York : Routledge, pp.67-72 (handout)

Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, B. (1991) ŒObjects of ethnography¹, in Ivan Karp
and Steven D. Lavine (eds), The poetics and politics of museum display,
Washington and London : Smithsonian Institution Press, pp.386-443

Vergo, P. (ed) (1989) The new museology, Reaktion Books

Schubert, K. (2000) The curator's egg, One-off Press


The picture above is from artist Lorna Simpson who plays with text and phrases within her work.If you look at the idea of voice as sound and see what would happen if you fastened up loads of words, ie like Chinese whispers or recorded it, i think it would be quite interesting.

Friday, 13 March 2009


Some body language lessons.

Norman McLaren

Interesing use of image and sound.

Alice in Wonderland

Worth checking out

Brion Gysin

Willliam Burroughs

Henri Chopin-groundbreaking sound poet

Henri Chopin
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Henri Chopin (June 18, 1922 - January 3, 2008) was an avant-garde poet and musician.
Henri Chopin was a little-known but key figure of the French avant-garde during the second half of the 20th century. Known primarily as a concrete and sound poet, he created a large body of pioneering recordings using early tape recorders, studio technologies and the sounds of the manipulated human voice. His emphasis on sound is a reminder that language stems as much from oral traditions as from classic literature, of the relationship of balance between order and chaos.
Chopin is significant above all for his diverse spread of creative achievement, as well as for his position as a focal point of contact for the international arts. As poet, painter, graphic artist and designer, typographer, independent publisher, film-maker, broadcaster and arts promoter, Chopin's work is a barometer of the shifts in European media between the 1950s and the 1970s.
His publication and design of the classic audio-visual magazines Cinquième Saison and OU between 1958 and 1974, each issue containing recordings as well as texts, images, screenprints and multiples, brought together international contemporary writers and artists such as members of Lettrisme and Fluxus, Jiri Kolar, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Tom Phillips, Brion Gysin, William S. Burroughs and many others, as well as bringing the work of survivors from earlier generations such as Raoul Hausmann and Marcel Janco to a fresh audience.

Monday, 9 March 2009


Did anyone get the chance to see this at the ICA? It was centered around linguistics, oration, phonetics and pronunciation. Seemed quite relevant to the Talk Show season...


And more....

Just a few more images that we thought were pretty cool.

More Images...

These images are examples of what we are possibly aiming to achieve. We want an installation where alot of people can be involved.


Visual ways of creating an atmosphere.
Ways we can translate sounds into visual imagery.

'Sound Art' Wikipedia definition

Sound art is a diverse group of art practices that considers wide notions of sound, listening and hearing as its predominant focus. There are often distinct relationships forged between the visual and aural domains of art and perception by sound artists.
Like many genres of contemporary art, sound art is interdisciplinary in nature, or takes on hybrid forms. Sound art often engages with the subjects of acoustics, psychoacoustics, electronics, noise music, audio media and technology (both analog and digital), found or environmental sound, explorations of the human body, sculpture, film or video and an ever-expanding set of subjects that are part of the current discourse of contemporary art.
From the Western art historical tradition early examples include Luigi Russolo's Intonarumori or noise intoners, and subsequent experiments by Dadaists, Surrealists, the Situationist International, and in Fluxus happenings. Because of the diversity of sound art, there is often debate about whether sound art falls inside and/or outside of both the visual art and experimental music categories.
Other artistic lineages from which sound art emerges are conceptual art, minimalism, site-specific art, sound poetry, spoken word, avant garde poetry, and experimental theatre. Early practitioners include Tristan Tzara, Kurt Schwitters, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Hugo Ball and Henri-Martin Barzun.

TALK SHOW - press release

Talk Show

Institute of Contemporary Arts
6 May – 31 May 2009
The ICA has long been a site for heated exchange through conversation, oration and performative speech, but never before has the speech act been made the main focus of the institution. Through a varied programme that activates the ICA spaces both during the daytime and through evening events, Talk Show addresses speech as a tool and as a medium to produce and negotiate meaning, both within the field of art and across other areas of life such as politics, religion and entertainment.
Talk Show is a month-long season featuring artworks and live events, including an exhibition of speech in the ICA’s galleries, as well as a broad range of events in the institute’s theatre and other spaces. The participants include over thirty international artists, as well as thirty speakers from diverse disciplines who place the speech act at the centre of their practice: including speech therapists, musicians, anthropologists, politicians and philosophers. This chorus will address the primacy of the spoken word, in all its forms, in our social and cultural landscape.
Many artists are currently employing speech as a medium, and the ICA’s galleries will contain a range of interventions: including scripted artworks performed at regular intervals; pre-recorded audio pieces; and video works that emphasise the spoken word. Artists also use speech in the formation and negotiation of their ideas, and the generative nature of speech will be represented by a series of artist residencies, in which participants will use the ICA’s spaces and resources to create new works through public dialogues.
In addition to these events in the galleries, the ICA’s theatre will also play host to a large number of events, including workshops that investigate the utilisation of the voice. The ICA’s new education studio will be another resource, linked with organisations that specialise in the collation, archiving and distribution of audio art and the spoken word. The latter project will be a partnership with, an innovative internet radio station based in New York that will record and transmit Talk Show events.
Talk Show is being curated by Will Holder (artist, writer, designer and editor whose projects include the journal F.R David), Richard Birkett (Assistant Curator, ICA), and Jennifer Thatcher (Director of Talks, ICA).