Dr Nigel Helyer (aka DrSonique) is a contemporary polymath whose work links Art and Science, or more accurately Poetics and Technics, in a strong embrace of the environment, identity and cultural history. He has an international reputation as a sculptor and sound-artist who creates large scale sound-sculptures, environmental artworks and inter-active projects that prompt the community to engage with their cultural histories, identity and sense of place; inviting us to examine the abstract conditions of our world and our complex relationships to it.
Richard King has worked with directors as diverse as Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg, Peter Weir, Paul Thomas Anderson and Robert Altman, creating soundtracks for Oscar and BAFTA winning films Dunkirk, Inception, The Dark Knight and Master and Commander.
Professor Morten L Kringelbach directs his Hedonia Research Group based at the Universities of Oxford and Aarhus. His prize-winning research uses neuroimaging and whole-brain computational models of, for example, music, sounds, infants, taste, sex and drugs to find ways to increase hedonia and eudaimonia – pleasure and happiness. He will discuss the notions of space, empathy and happiness in relation to jazz.
Rosalind Nashashibi studied art in Sheffield and at Glasgow School of Art. She was awarded the Beck’s Futures Prize in 2003, exhibited as part of Scotland + Venice at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007) and, in 2017, was nominated for the Turner Prize.
She makes films which reveal the rhythms and patterns of everyday life, and explore the boundaries between reality and fiction. Although she uses real situations, Nashashibi is not interested in documenting real life in an anthropological manner. Rather, she is fascinated in the rituals played out by social groups, such as families, community groups and students.
Since 1979, the Quay Brothers have created a hybrid variety of film works: Puppet animation: Street of Crocodiles, Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies, The Comb, Maska, Unmistaken Hands; Live-Action films: In Absentia, Institute Benjamenta and Piano Tuner of Earthquakes; Documentaries: Anamorphosis, The Phantom Museum, Through the Weeping Glass, Inventorium of Traces; and three film collaborations for the Ballet: Duet and The Sandman for Will Tuckett and with Kim Brandstrup, Eurydice: She, So Beloved.
Their talk explores the ways in which music and sound give life to inanimate objects with particular attention to their film In Absentia, made with Karlheinz Stockhausen, and a animated work by Jan Švankmajer with score by Liška.
Theatre director Sinéad Rushe studied at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France before training as an actor at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, where she currently teaches. She specialises in the Michael Chekhov Technique and Meyerhold’s Biomechanics.
Sinéad will discuss her recent theatre production of Bernard-Marie Koltès’s play Night Just Before the Forests. Performed in the round, this pathbreaking work in a new translation reimagines the original monologue as a polyphonic work for five performers of different nationalities and genders, and features a ‘quadraphonic’ live sound design.
Rina Sherman is a filmmaker, ethnographer and photographer. She studied with Jean Rouch, under whose supervision she completed a doctorate with distinction at the Sorbonne in 1989.
In her School of Sound presentation, Rina will define her ideas around the recording and editing of sound for ethnographic films.
Rod Stoneman is an Emeritus Professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway and a Visiting Professor at the University of the West of England. He was the Director of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, Chief Executive of Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board and previously a Deputy Commissioning Editor in the Independent Film and Video Department at Channel 4 Television.
Rod addresses how artists and media producers can instill greater diversity in their work – both in content and working methods – and how this thinking must begin in the universities, art and film schools. This, of course, includes ways of working with sound because, as has become clear, new styles of narrative along with evolving technology allow us to rethink the place and purpose of sound.
Peter Vuust is a unique combination of a jazz musician and a world class scientist. As a researcher, he is Denmark’s leading expert in the field of music and the brain – a research field he has single-handedly built up as leader of the group Music In the Brain. As a composer and bass player he has collaborated with a variety of artists, from Danish pop stars to some of the world’s major, international jazz artists. Peter will focus on improvisation in Groove on the brain – the jazz improviser’s guide to the brain.