Pedagogies of the Ear

Ciné Lumière at the French Institute / Institut français

22 Mar 2017 - 7:00 PM

Pedagogies of the Ear

Pedagogies of the Ear investigated acts of listening as a critical register of social and political life, in order to break with linear models of teaching that pursue objective comprehension. 

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The Study Evening framed listening as a pedagogical strategy with emphasis on collective listening, non hierarchical gathering, translation, reciprocity and care. Participants included professor Gail Lewis, and artists Evan Ifekoya, Hannah Catherine Jones, Katia Kameli and Raju Rage.

Evan Ifekoya’s current work investigates the possibility of an erotic and poetic occupation using film, performative writing and sound, focused on co-authored, intimate forms of knowledge production and the radical potential of spectacle. Their ongoing project 'A Score, A Groove, A Phantom' explores archives of blackness, sociality and inheritance as they diffract through queer nightlife and trauma in the present moment. Ifekoya is an Art Foundation Fellow in Live Art for 2017. Ifekoya’s recent work has been presented at: Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire; New Art Exchange, Nottingham (2017); Transmission Gallery, Glasgow; Serpentine Galleries, London; and Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town (2016). Recent performances include Jerwood Space, London and Whitstable Biennial 2016. Upcoming exhibitions will take place Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh in May 2017 (solo). Collaborative projects include Collective Creativity: Critical reflections into QTIPOC creative practice and Network11. 

Hannah Catherine Jones (aka Foxy Moron) is an artist, scholar, multi-instrumentalist, radio presenter (NTS), composer, conductor and founder of Peckham Chamber Orchestra – a community project established in 2013. Her broad practice is connected through a central spine of inclusivity and decolonization. Myths (both ancient and modern), word-play, appropriation and her own voice (in song) are her materials. The videos she composes use fragmented appropriated footage, as do her orchestral compositions. HerOweds are a temporal form of self-reparation, a method of connection with ancestors though sonic ritual using voice, theremin and video. Jones has recently commenced a DPhil scholarship to Oxford University exploring the relationship between Afrofuturism and Gesamtkunstwerk through the art-music of Sun Ra and Wagner. She has performed and lectured internationally, including at Harvard, Oxford, Trinity, LCC, ECA, NYU and has exhibited widely including at Modern Art Oxford, Vitrine, IMT, Almanac galleries, London. 

Katia Kameli is French-Algerian artist. Kameli's work is closely related to her personal experience of dual identities, exploring multiplicity and the 'in-between'. Through video, photography, installation and drawing, she investigates intercultural spaces, intersecting identities and their construction. Thus, it is possible to use the emergence of other visions, forms and positions. This 'third space' questions historical accounts and can generate a critical stance that allows the rewriting of history and narratives. Her most recent solo-exhibitions are including: What Language Do You Speak Stranger, The Mosaic Rooms, London (2016); Future, Artconnexion, Lille (2016); Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York (2014); 7 Acts of Love in 7 days of Boredom, Transpalette, Bourges (2012); Duty Free, Videochroniques, Marseille (2012). She has participated in numerous groups that include: Friends, Center Pompidou, Paris (2016); Made in Algeria, Mucem, Marseille (2016); Entry Prohibited to Foreigners, Havre Magasinet, Boden, Sweden (2015); Where we're at, Bozar, Brussels (2014); Lubumbashi Biennale, Congo (2013); For a Sustainable World, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal (2013); The Bridge, Museum of Marseille (2013); Dak'art, Dakar Biennale (2012); Higher Atlas, Marrakech Biennale (2012); And Bamako Biennale, Mali (2011).

Gail Lewis joined the department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck in September 2013.  She studied at the LSE for her first degree was in Social Anthropology, followed by an MPhil in Development Studies gained from the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex.  Her PhD in Social Policy was gained at the Open University, where she was a member of the Social Sciences Faculty between 1995-2004 and again between 2007-2013. Between her two spells at the Open University she worked at Lancaster University in the Institute for Women’s Studies, where she was Head of Department.  She is also a qualified psychodynamic psychotherapist. She was a member of the Brixton Black Women's Group and one of the founder members of the Organisation of Women of African and Asian Descent. Her academic interests centre on the constitution of subjectivity as racialised and gendered, psychoanalysis, black feminism, experience as a site of knowing and knowledge production, social policy and welfare practice, psychodynamics of organisational process, multiculture and formations of national belonging.

Raju Rage is an interdisciplinary artist who is proactive about using art, education and activism to forge creative survival. primarily using their non-conforming body as a vehicle of embodied knowledge; they aim to bridge the gap between dis/connected bodies, theory and practice, text and the body and aesthetics and the political substance. They work in performance, sculpture, soundscapes and moving image, focusing on techniques of resistance and utilising everyday objects and everyday life experiences in communicating narratives around gender, race and culture. They investigate history, memory and trauma, with an emphasis on colonial legacy, its continuation and impact on the body and contemporary diasporan identity. Raju Rage has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as ICA, Iniva, Autograph, 198 Contemporary, William Morris Gallery, Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival, Framer Framed, nGbK as well as being a published writer, radical educator and co-founder of London based arts collective 'Collective Creativity'. 




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Speak: Tania Bruguera, Douglas Gordon, Laure Prouvost, Cally Spooner extra 2

Speak: Tania Bruguera, Douglas Gordon, Laure Prouvost, Cally Spooner extra 2

Speak: Douglas Gordon; Installation view, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (1 March 2017 – 21 May 2017); Image © Mike Din
Pedagogies of the Ear

Pedagogies of the Ear

Tania Bruguera, ‘Tatlin's Whisper #6 (Havana version)’, 2009 Photo: Courtesy of Studio Bruguera, Collection Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund, 2014. © Tania Bruguera

Tania Bruguera reading from Hannah Arendt's book "The Origins of Totalitarianism"

Tania Bruguera

reading from Hannah Arendt's book "The Origins of Totalitarianism"
Tania Bruguera, ‘Opening Session of the foundational process of INSTAR - Instituto de Artivismo Hannah Arendt’, 2015 Courtesy INSTAR and Yo Tambien Exijo Platform

Douglas Gordon, '24 Hours Psycho',

Douglas Gordon, ‘24 Hour Psycho’, 1993
From ‘Psycho’,1960, USA. Directed and Produced by Alfred Hitchcock.

© Studio lost but found / DACS2017; Photo: Studio lost but found / Katharina Kiebacher.