Echoes of Elsewhere? From archaeoacoustics to sonic cyberfeminisms

Dr. Annie Goh

Lecturer in XD Pathway in BA Fine Art at CSM, Associate Lecturer in Sound Arts at LCC

Thursday 24th of June 2021
7:30pm soft start, 8pm presentation

Zoom event – Free admission – We welcome interest from the public, link on request via our Twitter account on @QuorumQMUL or our email address queenmaryquorum@hotmail.co.uk.

Echoes of Elsewhere? From archaeoacoustics to sonic cyberfeminisms

In this talk I trace the figure of echo as a material-semiotic figuration from archaeoacoustics and sonic knowledge production and explore it within the ongoing Sonic Cyberfeminisms project (with Dr Marie Thompson, since 2015). Using examples from archaeoacoustics, I reconceptualise echo as a feminist and decolonial sonic figuration and theorise an aural gnosis to address alternative modalities of knowing through sound and listening. What examples of such a re-conceived echo can one locate in the interrelations of sound, gender, technology of sonic cyberfeminisms?

Biography:

Dr Annie Goh is an artist and researcher working primarily with sound, space, electronic media and generative processes within their social and cultural contexts. She completed her PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2019 on archaeoacoustics and sonic knowledge production, where she was also a Stuart Hall Foundation PhD Fellow. She co-curated the discourse program of CTM Festival Berlin 2013-2016 and is co-founder of the Sonic Cyberfeminisms project since 2015 with Dr Marie Thompson. She is a Lecturer in XD Pathway in BA Fine Art at CSM and an Associate Lecturer in Sound Arts at LCC.

Virtual Spring QUORUM events will be generally held on the third Thursday of every month, via Zoom. Invites will be emailed to members of the School of English and Drama. We welcome interest from the public, link on request via our Twitter account on @QuorumQMUL or our email address queenmaryquorum@hotmail.co.uk.

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Hear for You: Digital Assistants, Smart Speakers and Listening work

Dr. Marie Thompson

PhD Researcher The Open University

Thursday 27th of May 2021
7:30pm soft start, 8pm presentation

Zoom event – Free admission – We welcome interest from the public, link on request via our Twitter account on Twitter account on @QuorumQMUL or our email address queenmaryquorum@hotmail.co.uk.

Hear for You: Digital Assistants, Smart Speakers and Listening work

Beginning with an advert for Amazon’s Alexa called ‘sharing is caring’, this talk addresses the ‘listening work’ of digital assistants and smart speakers. Where previous scholarship has typically focused on the feminized voice of Alexa, Siri and similar technologies, I suggest that smart speakers and digital assistants amplify the centrality of listening to feminized, reproductive, and affective labour.

At the same time, I caution against overstating the similarities between, on the
one hand, digital assistants and smart speakers, and on the other, secretaries, housewives, carers and domestic servants. An exclusive focus on the digital assistant’s representational logics and participation in household activities risks concealing the ways that these technologies rely on multiple kinds of labour: including Foxconn factory workers that manufacture the devices, Amazon’s global review team who ‘listen in’ on recorded audio clips, and the user themselves. An attention to listening, I argue, helps connect the gendered imaginaries of smart speakers and digital assistants to their political economic logics.

Biography:

Dr. Marie Thompson is a musicologist, sound thinker and maker currently teaching at The Open University.

Virtual Spring QUORUM events will be generally held on the third Thursday of every month, via Zoom. Invites will be emailed to members of the School of English and Drama. We welcome interest from the public, link on request via our Twitter account on @QuorumQMUL or our email address queenmaryquorum@hotmail.co.uk.

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Abstraction and repetition: Procedures to observe reality

David Atencio

PhD Researcher University of São Paulo

Thursday 6th of May 2021
7:30pm soft start, 8pm presentation

Zoom event – Free admission – We welcome interest from the public, link on request via our Twitter account on Twitter account on @QuorumQMUL or our email address queenmaryquorum@hotmail.co.uk.

Abstraction and repetition: Procedures to observe reality

Following the trajectory of Tercer Abstracto (Third Abstract), Chilean/Brazilian research project on the artistic avant-gardes, David Atencio will explain his methodology and ethics of creation as a theatre director. Focusing on the application of scientific thought on theatre, which crosses through mathematics and physics, he will articulate the possibilities of abstraction and repetition as procedures to observe reality.

Biography:

David Atencio has a BA in Acting and an MA in Theatrical Studies and Practices from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He specialised in the field of Philosophy of Science, studying in the Institute of Philosophy and Sciences of Complexity in Chile, where he obtained diplomas in Complex Thought and Cognitive Sciences. His research centres on ‘abstract theatre’, which develops in the dialogue between Visual Arts, Theatre and Science.

Atencio has a vast practice as a theatre director. He founded the company Tercer Abstracto in 2012, which has exhibited pieces at renowned national and international festivals as well as participated in artistic residences, such as The Watermill Center in the USA, and university research-creation circuits in Brazil, Chile and Mexico.

He is a teacher of Theatre History at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile since 2015 and is currently a doctoral researcher in Performing Arts at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, where he investigates the influence of the Bauhaus and the Oskar Schlemmer Theatre on modernist thinking, studying their practices and theorising on their methods.

Find Tercer Abstracto on their website and Instagram account.

Virtual Spring QUORUM events will be generally held on the third Thursday of every month, via Zoom. Invites will be emailed to members of the School of English and Drama. We welcome interest from the public, link on request via our Twitter account on @QuorumQMUL or our email address queenmaryquorum@hotmail.co.uk.

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QUEER CONNECTIONS

Christa Holka on documenting the lives and processes of her intimate and extended intersectional queer communities.

Christa Holka

Queer Portrait and Performance Photographer

Thursday 22nd of April 2021
7:30pm soft start, 8pm presentation

This poster features a still Image from ‘TREMBLE,’ a collaborative image performed by Liz Rosenfeld, photographed by Christa Holka. ‘TREMBLE’ is the first video work by Liz Rosenfeld in a trilogy about the action and experience of trembling. Shot on location at Ficken3000, Berlin, August 2020.

Zoom event – Free admission – We welcome interest from the public, link on request via our Twitter account on Twitter account on @QuorumQMUL or our email address queenmaryquorum@hotmail.co.uk.

QUEER CONNECTIONS: Christa Holka on documenting the lives and processes of her intimate and extended intersectional queer communities.

Tracing the journey of her early photographic work exploring identity and gender in Chicago to her current practice, nearly 20 years later in London, Christa will discuss the ways in which her practice meets performance, or rather integrates it. Is Christa’s practice, perhaps, a performance itself? Christa will also touch upon her growing interest in examining the role her identity plays in her practice, and consider whether her still growing archive of queer life and performance could be a form of archival activism.

Biography:

Christa Holka is a queer portrait and performance photographer who has been photographing her communities both intimate and extended for over 20 years. Based in London since 2007, Christa has been working in the UK’s publicly funded culture sector establishing a strong network of personal and professional community ties within London, the UK and internationally.

Christa’s work engages with and supports artists and organisations with portraiture and through portraiture, photographic documentation of performance, cultural heritage and arts activity by and for local communities, in galleries, museums, universities, schools and public venues in London and across the UK.

Christa has an MA in Fine Art from Central St. Martins College of Art & Design, a BFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo. 

Christa can be found on her website and twitter and instagram accounts.

Virtual Spring QUORUM events will be generally held on the third Thursday of every month, via Zoom. Invites will be emailed to members of the School of English and Drama. We welcome interest from the public, link on request via our Twitter account on @QuorumQMUL or our email address queenmaryquorum@hotmail.co.uk.

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