Presented by Centre A and Vancouver New Music
Saturday, May 14, 2011: “Noise/De-noise” with Giorgio Magnanensi
Saturday, June 11, 2011: “Sound Experiment” with Daniel Tones
Saturday, June 25, 2011: “Map Sense” with Germaine Koh & Gilliam Jerome
Saturday, July 9, 2011: “Vertical City” with Andrew Lee & Jennifer Schine
All workshops held at Centre A (2 West Hastings)
Exhibition: July 16 – August 20, 2011 at Centre A (2 West Hastings)
Opening Reception: Friday, July 15, 2011; 8PM
A cross-disciplinary project that marks the first collaboration between Centre A and Vancouver New Music, CO-LAB brings together a group of artists from diverse backgrounds to produce four exciting workshops and an exhibition. Through facilitating a portal of exchange between visual art and new music, CO-LAB is designed to develop experimental models of cross-disciplinary collaboration among the artists/workshop leaders and participants.
Workshops are free, however there is a limited enrollment of 20 participants for each workshop. Advanced Registration is required. Please call 604-683-8326 or email Debra Zhou at email@example.com.
Refreshments will be provided for all workshops.
NOISE/DE-NOISE with Giorgio Magnanensi
1 – 5:30PM, Saturday, May 14, 2011 at Centre A
This workshop led by Giorgio Magnanensi will focus on the use of denoising-techniques in a creative and compositional manner. Instead of utilizing noise-reduction-algorithms to restore damaged audio signals, these processes will be applied to various field recordings of Chinatown in Vancouver. After the introduction and a few field-recording trips in the area, the participants will investigate the results of audio-erasement-processes of the recorded material to reveal inner sounds and the multiple ghostly presences of the recorded soundscapes. Through listening and analyzing, the workshop leader wishes to foster a better understanding of the multiple and diverse auditory quality of a soundscape. This inquisitive approach will also help to interrogate what counts as sound when it can be used to explore the dynamic relationships between its complex structures and the original environment.
SOUND EXPERIMENT with Daniel Tones
1 – 5:30PM, Saturday, June 11, 2011
This workshop offers an opportunity to work with musician Daniel Tones to explore a rich array of metal instruments, including a set of large custom made steel drums engineered by Japanese percussionist Kuniko Kato. The workshop will begin with an ensemble of “global percussionists” in the manner of Brazilian samba, which allows participants to explore idiomatic aspects of music-making focusing on pulse, rhythm, call-and-response format, and ensemble-playing. The second activity challenges participants’ conception of sound as they work as an ensemble while experimenting with conduction and controlled improvisation. Following a basic demonstration, the participants would take turns leading the ensemble while experimenting with the group of steel drums as a unified, multi-faceted instrument. After establishing a new vocabulary for non-idiomatic sound production on these instruments, workshop participants will be given text-based and graphic representations from which to structure free-form compositions. Material includes Cornelius Cardew’s Schooltime Compositions, Scratch Music, and Christian Wolff’s Prose Collection. After the compositions are developed, participants will perform their work for a final presentation.
MAP SENSE with Germaine Koh and Gillian Jerome
11AM – 5PM, Saturday, June 25, 2011
Artist Germaine Koh and Gillian Jerome bring together their mutual interests in community work, urban space, and the sound of words to create an interactive field map. They will develop a system for geotagging images, recorded text fragments and audio field recordings onto an interactive map of Chinatown/DTES. Participants will be able to contribute to the content of such map, and “play” a path through the map by tracing a route, which the system “reads” back by replaying the audio and image fragments found along the path. This project is guided by the principle of crowd-sourcing: putting knowledge-making in the hands of the general public. This mapping also makes room for sensual, poetic and politicized content within reference material, and possibilities for alternative stories to emerge. Using existing systems for public contributions to digital maps, this project involves working with participants to write and record texts, record sounds, and add pictures to the system database.
VERTICAL CITY with Andrew Lee and Jennifer Schine
11AM – 5:30PM, Saturday, July 9, 2011
Led by Andrew Lee + Jennifer Schine, Vertical City is a workshop that uses soundwalking as a way to navigate concepts of place and imaginability through the political and economic climate of Vancouver, with a specfic emphasis on the site of SFU’s Woodward’s building. The idea of “vertical city” will be explored by extending Michel deCerteau’s noting of “Walking in the City” – to experience Vancouver as both walkers and listeners, and to explore the power dynamics of being above, below and on the ground. Who walks the streets? And who has access to different points of view and hearing? As part of this project, Jennifer and Andrew will utilize the adapted concept of soundwalking in the workshop to develop a sound installation to be mounted at Centre A’s exhibition. The notion of verticality will be extended into the construction of a sound chamber where our visitor will be able to experience recorded sounds from various physical levels and acoustic dimensions of the Woodward’s building. These recorded sounds will be taken from both the workshop soundwalk and the artists’ own recordings of the site to be transformed into a soundscape composition.
The concept of the workshops is based on Jaques Attali’s notion on sound culture:
“sound/music is more than an object of study: it’s a way of perceiving the world; a tool of understanding… [it is] thus necessary to imagine radically new theoretical forms, in order to speak to new realities. Sound, the organization of noise, is one such form. It reflects the manufacture of society; it constitutes the audible waveband of the vibrations and signs that make up society.” – Jacques Attali from Noise: The Political Economy of Music.
Each workshop will offer an introduction of the project and background research, followed by hands on practice and a collective art making process. Workshop participants will not only share the innovative learning experience but also have a major role in the creation of new art installations. The resulting new art installations will be subsequently showcased in the exhibition from July 16 to August 20 at Centre A.
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|June 11, 2011|
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|June 25, 2011|
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|July 9, 2011|
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