Talks and contributions by Whitney Battle-Baptiste J.-P. Caron Rana Hamadeh Su Yu Hsin Cécile Malaspina Mattin Sahej Rahal Martina Raponi Jan St. Werner The Society of False Witnesses with Jessika Khazrik & Ahmad Beydoun and Inigo Wilkins
Framework by Patricia Reed
As Sylvia Wynter's genealogy outlines, the historical sedimentations unleashed since early Euromodernity have culminated in an unprecedented situation for human forms of life: the need to navigate a planetary environment in common. Such scales of coexistence, often characterized by concepts of "interdependence" and "entanglement", are not synonymous with sheer enormity, yet what they inherently do is disrupt familiar perspectival frameworks bound to the specificity of location. For Denise Ferreira da Silva, "entanglement" contests the very social and epistemological foundations of Euromodernity as underwritten by a paradigm of separability, summoning a prompt to conceptualize "difference without separability". If the world as we know it, has been spurred on through the invention of a spatializing framework (traceable to Renaissance perspectivalism, through to the ubiquitous grid found in most modeling software), how are we to refigure the very spatiality of inseparability that embeds the possibility for planetary forms of inhabitation? What does it mean to sense from, and inhabit conditions of inseparable spatiality that does not presuppose homogenisation of particularity? For the planetary to denote a substantial, cosmological shift in orientation, discovering location and orientation within our socio-technical milieu demands a conceptual and perceptual recalibration of the spaces we concretely inhabit. Why? Because said alterations affect understandings of agency (doing things in a world), and accountability (relational consequences for those doings).
In this symposium we will depart from the premise that planetary entanglement is a noisy, inseparable space, in both acoustic and informational understandings of the term, looking at how the arts can participate in projects of perspectival recalibration, otherwise said, in processes of localisation.
The day will unfold in broadcast form, with contributions in various formats from lectures, annotated listening sessions, screenings, dialogues, with student interventions as glossary and diagrammatic intervals to guide the episodes.
Master Symposium of the Visual Arts Department at HEAD Genève 2022 is coordinated by the CCC in conversation with TRANS and work.master at HEAD Genève.
- 10:00-10:35Patricia Reed
Welcome | Establishing Problem SpaceLive
- Season 1
- 10:35-11:10Society of False Witnesses with Jessika Khazrik and Ahmad Beydoun
Cartography of DarknessLive
- 11:10-11:25J.-P. Caron
Exemplifying Anonymity Part IAnnotated Listening Session
- 11:35-12:10Jan St. Werner
Jan will lead us on a preview tour of his new installation "Spatial Jitter," opening 8. April at Lenbachhaus/Kunstbau in Munich. The site-specific composition transforms the Kunstbau into a gigantic polyphonic acoustic instrument. Experimenting with the spatialisation of sound as an experience in acoustic perspectivism, listeners are exposed to a fractal listening experience as they move throughout the space.Live
- 12:10-12:40Sahej Rahal
myth-machineLive Artist Talk
Selection: Roberta Settels
Isolation!, Part I - Landscape With 3 tape-recorders And...Annotated Listening Session
- 13:00-13:55Lunch Break
- Season II
- 14:00-15:00Cécile Malaspina
Epistemology of NoiseLive Interview
- 15:10-15:50Whitney Battle-Baptiste
Co-editor of W. E. B. Du Bois's Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America
Author of Black Feminist ArchaeologyLive
- 16:00-16:15Su Yu Hsin
Frame of Reference I & IIScreening
- 16:15-17:00Inigo Wilkins
Value Capture and Fugitive Noise
The talk will outline how the concepts of value and noise cross philosophical, scientific, political and artistic concerns. It will historically situate the significance of the concepts from the operationalization of statistics at the onset of Western modernity to the redefinition of information and noise in the twentieth century, leading up to its current condition in surveillance capitalism. It will discuss value and noise in terms of those forms of power and their resistance, and point to some of the ways this conflict has been expressed and enacted in music.Async. Video Lecture
- 17:00-17:20Rana Hamadeh
Étude #1: On RecitationAsync Video/Audio
- 17:20-17:50Martina Raponi
_NNNV_the ULP experiment_Async Video/Audio
- 17:50-18:00J.-P. Caron
Exemplifying Anonymity Part IIAnnotated Listening Session
- 18:00-[...]Wrap UpLive
After the symposium, students are asked to form small groups of two or three and select at least 2 terms or concepts you heard throughout the day that resonated with you.
Without using a dictionary, elaborate upon those terms in either textual or diagrammatic form, in EN or FR (a couple of paragraphs, as a guideline for length). You may want to do quick research about the terms/concepts you have identified, to connect them to relevant authors, discourses, methods, practices, etc. The entries will be compiled into a collective glossary as a PDF and shared back with all of those who attended.
Deadline is 11 April 2022