The Sound of Memory Symposium: Sound-track/Sound-scape


22-24 April 2017

Zilkha Auditorium
Whitechapel Gallery
72-82 Whitechapel High Street

London E1 7QX
and
Goldsmiths
University of London

New Cross
London SE14 6NW

 

The Sound of Memory Symposium explores creative works and ideas situated at the interface of composers working in acoustic ecologies and artists working within social ecologies, where the primary engagement is a form of sonic ethnography. The overarching thematic is an exploration of how individual and cultural memory resonates in the shaping of social space. The Symposium will explore the broad domain of acoustic ecologies and soundscape’s engagement in place.


Keynote Speakers

Zilkha Auditorium and Goldsmiths, University of London
Hildegard Westerkamp
Sarah Turner
Lawrence Abu Hamdan
 
Keynote Concert for ‘Earth Day’ Saturday, 22 April 2017, Goldsmiths Great Hall
Hildegard Westerkamp
 
Concerts on 23 and 24 April 2017 will take place at Goldsmiths Great Hall, and will include commissioned works and a selection from the Call for works. Workshops, installations and listening rooms will be at various locations throughout the symposium at Goldsmiths.

For details, go to https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/events/soundofmemorysymposium.html

 

SUBMISSIONS

Call for Submissions. Deadline 22 Feb 2017.
Proposals are invited for academic papers, study reports, posters, acousmatic compositions informed by the environment, sound art, sound installations, workshops and artworks pertinent to the symposium theme. PhD students and early career researchers are especially encouraged to submit.
 
Themes/ Forms
Memory and community: vernacular texture and social actant
Acoustic memory: hearing the past in the present
Trauma/ conflict: Acoustic echo/ Landscape / Ear witnessing
‘Space as a simultaneity of stories’: Speech that matters – word/text poetry
 
The above list is not exhaustive. The Sound of Memory Symposium aims to situate questions, foster inter-disciplinarity, explore sound, voice, text, listening, audibility and inaudibility, within musical, visual, social and cultural contexts.
 
Submission Instructions
Please submit your works through EasyChair:
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=som2017
 
Authors will be notified that their work is accepted by 17 March 2017.
 
Papers and Posters:
Deadline for submission of abstracts and short biography is on 22 February 2017. Presentations of papers will last for c.20 min with c.10 min for questions/discussion. Submit a pdf file containing your abstract (500 words max) and biography (150 words max) through EasyChair.
After selection, the deadline for submission of complete papers ready for publication at the symposium proceedings is on 30 March 2017.
 
Compositions
Deadline for submission is on 22 February 2017. Submit a pdf file through EasyChair that contains the following:
    – Technical requirements.
    – Programme notes.
    – Short biography (150 word max).
    – A web link to an audio file (wav) of your work (Dropbox is preferred). A selection of works will be diffused live with our MAAST diffusion system that uses c.40 loudspeakers.
 
Installations, Sound Art, A/V
Deadline for submission is on 22 February 2017. Submit a pdf file through EasyChair that contains the following:
    – Technical requirements.
    – Programme notes.
    – Short biography (150 word max).
    – Documentation for the proposed work, and a web link with a recording or video clip as appropriate.
Some limited sound equipment may be provided, but artists are responsible for providing all necessary components for their installation, and they are required to confirm with the Organising Committee the feasibility of their setup at the installation space.
 
Workshops
Proposals for workshops pertinent to the theme are invited.

 

Organised by
The School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent
 
Partners
Sound and Image Research Centre (SISRC; University of Kent)
The School of Sound
Unit for Sound Practice Research (SPR; Goldsmiths, University of London)
 
Funded by
School of Music and Fine Art (SMFA)
Unit for Sound Practice Research (SPR; Goldsmiths, University of London)
 
Organising Committee
Sarah Turner, University of Kent, UK
Dr Aki Pasoulas, University of Kent, UK
Dr John Levack Drever, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Dr Holly Rogers, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
 

Enquiries
Contact email address for enquiries: MFAReception@kent.ac.uk