MA Sound Arts is an intensive, specialised course which gives students the chance to develop their conceptual and contextual understanding of sound arts in practice and theory, while tapping into the Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP) research centre.
Each of the twelve students on the course has developed their own individual approach and built a distinctive portfolio – so what can we expect to see at Hackney’s Angus-Hughes Gallery this year?
Gilda Manfring’s ‘Small pieces loosely joined’ is a journey of research and investigation resulting in a body of experimental scores and sound compositions.
The work is collected in a self-published book and CD and partially presented in the wall of the gallery, and unfolds as a collection of accidental discoveries rather than the execution of an idea.
Gilda’s practice is based in experimental electronic composition, using and re-using sounds mainly found in invisible places like the internet or her mind, with improvisation and spontaneity at the core of her process.
‘#HLMB / He Loves My Body’ by Dan Helgi Helgason í Gong seeks to question the assumptions we make about people through voice, looks and gestures.
This sound and visual piece draws inspiration from contemporary dancers and pop lyrics written about sexual adoration from a woman to a man, and how this kind of adoration is much less prominent when it comes to men in pop music who identify as gay.
Dan Helgi sets out to critique the heteronormative world of pop by exploring gender-norms as well as making a critique of ourselves as judges.
Jamie Lu’s video walk ‘Seeing with Ears’ takes the audience on a tour of London’s West End, based on his own relationship with the area.
Jamie has spent most of his spare time in the West End this year and is passionate about its theatres and their work. In creating this piece he gave his emotional responses to this part of London a shape, and transformed them into sound, expressing feelings that could not be articulated in speech.
His intention is that ‘Seeing with Ears’ will give those who are familiar with the West End a new point of view while newcomers receive an introduction to the district via Jamie’s own experiences.
The exhibition will close with a symposium and performance evening on Sunday 7 December. The symposium will focus on the place of research in creative practice, with talks from sound artists Lisa Busby and Mark Peter Wright, as well as contributions from the students and Course Leader Salomé Voegelin, chaired by the exhibition’s curator Irene Revell.
The symposium will also be an opportunity to engage directly with the students’ research.
Following this will be an evening of performance, including works by Tian Bai, Rebecca E Davies (with Holly Jarvis), Gary Fisher and Emre Yağcı.
Below are details of the exhibition and events programme:
Postgraduate Shows 2014: School of Media, MA Sound Arts
Private View: Monday 1 December 7-9pm
Exhibition open: Tuesday 2 – Sunday 7 December
See opening times: www.angus-hughes.com
Late opening: Thursday 4 December until 9pm
Symposium and Performances: Sunday 7 December
RSVP for symposium and performance evening to: Lisa Hall, email@example.com
Venue: Angus-Hughes Gallery, Hackney, E5 0PD
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