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Remix Theory: The Aesthetics of Sampling

Remix Theory: The Aesthetics of Sampling by Eduardo Navas, Springer:

Remix Theory: The Aesthetics of Sampling is an analysis of Remix in art, music, and new media. Navas argues that Remix, as a form of discourse, affects culture in ways that go beyond the basic recombination of material. His investigation locates the roots of Remix in early forms of mechanical reproduction, in seven stages, beginning in the nineteenth century with the development of the photo camera and the phonograph, leading to contemporary Remix culture. This book places particular emphasis on the rise of Remix in music during the 1970s and ’80s in relation to art and media at the beginning of the twenty-first Century. Navas argues that Remix is a type of binder, a cultural glue — a virus — that informs and supports contemporary culture. Continue reading


Jun 8, 2012
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Live Stage: The World as Instrument [jp Tokyo]

lopez_bio2.jpgThe World as Instrument: A Theoretical Workshop Taught by Francisco López :: September 5 – 9, 2011 :: Open Campus 2011, Art Media Center, Tokyo University of the Arts, Senju Campus (Adachi-ku, Tokyo) :: Fee: 24,000 yen :: Participation is limited to 30 participants ::

This workshop focuses on the theory of field recording, audio recording of environmental sound.

The World as Instrument that López has organized worldwide introduces the participants to the art of field recording through huge sonic samples and discussion. At the end of the workshop, the participants will experience the depth of the art at his blind live performance. The live performance will be held on September 10, 2011 at the Tokyo University of the Arts. Continue reading


Jul 31, 2011
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Live Stage: Sound Art Theories Symposium [us Chicago]

soundart.jpgSound Art Theories Symposium :: November 5-6, 2011; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm :: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr., Chicago, IL.

Presented by the SAIC’s Department of Sound, the Sound Arts Theories Symposium will present a range of new theoretical work regarding sound as art and art as sound. Presenters include: • Christoph Cox • David Grubbs • Seth Kim-Cohen • Salomé Voegelin • Allen S. Weiss.

The symposium is also conducting an Open Call for Papers, from which an additional five to eight presenters will be selected. They are seeking papers that speak to the plurality of theorizing about sound as art and art as sound, with particular interest in critical approaches to sound art that are not necessarily nor primarily related to music. Continue reading


Jul 28, 2011
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Calabi Portal Project RFQ

Calabi Portal Projecta laboratory for ideas and the imagination :: Call for Proposals — No Deadline.

This competition is open to visionary designers, artists, architects, and scientists, and any collaborative combination. All designs will be theoretical. No background or experience in engineering, construction, or actual fabrication materials is required as the structure will be self-generating and assembling. The challenge is to conceive of the possibilities of an architectural visualization of 10 dimensional space incorporating the six dimensional Calabi-Yau manifold. The proposed structure is to take the form of what we loosely describe as a “Tower”, and is open to interpretation. It may also contain or emanate light and sound.

See website for more information. Sponsored by the Multiverse Research Institute.


May 9, 2011
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Call for Papers: evomusart 2011 [it Torino]

evo.jpgevomusart 2011, 9th European Event on Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design :: April 27 – 29, 2011 :: Torino, Italy :: Call for Papers: Deadline – November 22, 2010.

The use of biologically inspired techniques for the development of artistic systems is a recent, exciting and significant area of research. There is a growing interest in the application of these techniques in fields such as: visual art and music generation, analysis, and interpretation; sound synthesis; architecture; video; poetry; and design.

evomusart 2011 is the ninth european event on Evolutionary Music and Art. Following the success of previous events and the growth of interest in the field, the main goal of evomusart 2011 is to bring together researchers who are using biologically inspired techniques for artistic tasks, providing the opportunity to promote, present and discuss ongoing work in the area. Continue reading


Sep 11, 2010
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Remix and the The Rouelles of Media Production

networked.jpgRead | Write Remix and the Rouelles of Media Production by Mette Birk, Mark Cantwell, Owen Gallagher, Eli Horwatt, Martin Leduc, Eduardo Navas, Tara Zepel — in Networked: a (networked_book) about (networked_art):

ABSTRACT: Remix and the Rouelles of Media Production explores concepts of remixing not only in content and form, but also in process. The aim of the collaboration is to evaluate how the creative process functions as a type of remix itself in a period when production keeps moving toward a collective approach in all facets of culture. The emphasis on video remixing is the result of a collaborative rewriting activity among the contributors, who each wrote independent paragraphs that went through constant revisions once combined as a single text. Continue reading


Sep 2, 2010
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American Quarterly: Special Issue on Sound

soundart.jpg[Image: Sound Art by Alan Licht] American Quarterly: Special Issue on Sound; Kara Keeling and Josh Kun, Guest Editors :: Call for Papers — Deadline: August 1, 2010.

The field of American studies has long been a familiar home to scholars interested in the social and cultural worlds of sound. Yet while visual culture has had a more visible presence on the pages of American Quarterly, sound has been heard in sporadic bursts, forceful whispers, and sudden critical noises. We propose a special issue of American Quarterly that highlights the key role of sound in the formation of central themes and areas of inquiry within contemporary American studies.

While the study of sound has gained momentum in the last three decades across a variety of disciplines, much remains to be gleaned from a rigorously interdisciplinary focus on sound in its cultural, political, technological, economic, socio-historical, spatial, temporal, affective, and formal contexts. Continue reading


Jul 18, 2010
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transmediale Award 2011 Call for Entries

bild_tmaward_11.jpgtransmediale Awards 2011 :: Deadline: July 31, 2010 :: Festival Dates: February 1- 6, 2011 in Berlin :: Please see conditions of entry before applying: here.

The transmediale Award and Vilém Flusser Theory Award 2011 Call for Entries is now open! The Award competitions seek outstanding entries that exemplify visionary, adventurous and critical forms of digital expression, interaction, and collaborative practice. Entries from countries and regions in which digital art and culture are emergent are encouraged, as are positions that enrich our understanding of, and relationship to, technology and networked society.

Jury of the transmediale Award 2011 are Matteo Pasquinelli (Amsterdam), Brandon Labelle (Berlin), Thomas Macho (Berlin), Defne Ayas (Shanghai) Jury of Vilém Flusser Theory Award 2011 are Marcel René Marburger (Cologne), Continue reading


Jun 6, 2010
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Live Stage: Peter Ablinger Lecture [sl Ljubljana]

ablingsw.jpgInstitute for Sonic Arts Research (IRZU) presents Theory and Techniques of Contemporary Music, a lecture by Austrian composer Peter Ablinger :: May 17, 2010; 8:00 – 10:00 pm :: Gallery SKUC, Stari trg 21, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Peter Ablinger was born in Schwanenstadt, Austria in 1959. He first studied graphic arts and became enthused by free jazz. He completed his studies in composition with Gösta Neuwirth and Roman Haubenstock-Ramati in Graz and Vienna. Since 1982 he has lived in Berlin, where he has initiated and conducted numerous festivals and concerts. In 1988 he founded the Ensemble Zwischentöne. In 1993 he was a visiting professor at the University of Music, Graz. He has been guest conductor of ‘Klangforum Wien’, ‘United Berlin’ and the ‘Insel Musik Ensemble’. Continue reading


May 14, 2010
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Live Stage: Endphase [de Berlin]

Endphase 17: Conceptual Electroacoustic Improvisation: Theory, Aesthetics and Performance tools — Lecture & Performance Discussion :: May 10, 2010; 2:00 – 5:00 pm (lecture) + 6:00 – 8:00 pm (private concert) :: HK at Elsenstr. 52/ 2.Hinterhaus Etage 212059 Berlin Neukölln.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujKbmkAIIv0[/youtube]
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May 6, 2010
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