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03 Sonic Continuum

Sonic Continuum (Mar 2020 – July 2021) traces practices of world-making through sound, both as a force that constitutes the world and a medium for producing knowledge about it. Edited by Sofia Lemos. https://doi.org/10.31411/TCJ.03

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Acousmatic Paranoia

Arrested Times

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02 Critical Pedagogies

Critical Pedagogies (June 2019 – July 2020) investigates the capacities of education to rehearse new forums for critical thinking beyond the pedagogical imperative. Edited by Carolina Rito and Sofia Lemos. https://doi.org/10.31411/TCJ.02

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Architectures of Education

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01 On Translations

On Translations (February 2018 – March 2020) explores the cultural and political contradictions that arise in processes of translation as a 'site of inhabitation' marked by mistranslation, confusion, and hesitance. Edited by Carolina Rito. https://doi.org/10.31411/TCJ.01
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Sonic Continuum

Memory and Ancestors

Belinda Zhawi

In this newly commissioned sound collage, poet Belinda Zwahi uses poetry, archive footage and music to explore ancestral practices and nonfilial lineage.

Afro-Sonic Mapping

Satch Hoyt Paul Goodwin

In this dialogue, artist and musician Satch Hoyt and curator Paul Goodwin discuss Hoyt’s ‘Afro-Sonic Mapping’, a sonic and visual research project tracing the migration of rhythms and sounds across the African diaspora.

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sssssssssSss

In this score, the artist duo sssSsssssssss (Ashkan Sepavand and Virgil B/G Taylor) offer a third part to the performance spread (medium) at Nottingham Contemporary exploring study, non-dualist space and the multidimensionality of time.

The rhythm of the archive

Andrea Zarza Canova

In this essay, archivist and curator Andrea Zarza Canova explores the creative strategies used by artists working with archival sound recordings and offers a critique of listening practices in institutional archives.

Isabel Lewis: Unfolding Experience  

Isabel Lewis Reece Cox

In this sonic interview, artist, choreographer and host Isabel Lewis speaks to Reece Cox about non-linear composition and bridging the mind-body continuum through sound, performance and sensory experience.

The Listening Cobweb

Aura Satz Evelyn Glennie

In this new commission, visual artist Aura Satz continues her ongoing portraits of listening with percussionist Evelyn Glennie for whom listening is a form of touch engaging all the senses.

‘Hush Now’: Terre Thaemlitz and the Languages of Silence

Amelia Groom

In this essay, art historian and writer Amelia Groom discusses artist Terre Thaemlitz’s use of silence as a tool of queer disruption and subcultural protection.

opera infinita, chapter 0: has the fire read the stories it burnt?

Jota Mombaça Denise Ferreira da Silva Anti Ribeiro

Exploring forms of elemental listening, this sonic statement by writer-in-residence Jota Mombaça, deals with sound as heat and fire as re-de-composition of matter and language.

The Gathering-Work of Music

Fumi Okiji Dhanveer Singh Brar 

In this online talk, scholar and vocalist Fumi Okiji discusses the aesthetic sociality of music.

Lina Lapelytė: Operatic Silences

Lina Lapelytė Reece Cox

In this operatic interview, artist Lina Lapelytė speaks of how music, musicians and scores enunciate shared forms of being and belonging as they relate to gender and life under capitalism.

Planetary Radio

Sasha Engelmann

In this essay, geographer and radio-amateur Sasha Engelmann, asks what environmental-climatic dynamics and sonic possible worlds travel around the planet through the radio spectrum.

Radio Earth Hold 003: Pitch Blue

Radio Earth Hold

Commissioned by Nottingham Contemporary, this broadcast thinks about music, weather and the atmosphere to re-orient the body-climate continuum.

The Sonic Ocean

Margarida Mendes

In this essay, researcher and curator Margarida Mendes discusses how sonic technologies shape ocean knowledge, proposing counter-sonicity as a conservation tactic.

The Sonic Ecologies of Anticolonial Writing

Hypatia Vourloumis

In this essay, performance studies scholar Hypatia Vourloumis, discusses a political ecology of human and non-human assemblages in the sonorous materiality of anticolonial writing.

Listening to shadows skoosh

Nisha Ramayya

In this response-in-progress to the poetic sequence ‘Now Let’s Take a Listening Walk’, poet Nisha Ramayya asks how writing can sound, relate, melt, and listen.

Hajra Waheed: Abolitionist Modes of Listening

Hajra Waheed Reece Cox

In this melodic interview, artist Hajra Waheed dives into ‘Hum’ (2020), a sound installation exploring histories of sonic resistance.

Songs of Noise and Opacity

Andrew Brooks

In this essay, artist and researcher Andrew Brooks asks if a sonic politics of solidarity might be heard in the refrain of grief and rage.

Sonic Trajectories of the Human Mic

Urok Shirhan

In this textual score and sonic work, artist Urok Shirhan reflects on the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic to public speech and collective voicing.

Mycorrhizal Listening

Diana Policarpo

In the moving image work ‘Death Grip’ (2019), artist Diana Policarpo offers a sonic exploration of a caterpillar fungus species as it folds narratives of healing and economic progress.

The Sonicity of Sugar

Jon Curry-Machado

In this short essay, historian Jon Curry-Machado explores what might be gained by opening our ears to the sounds of Cuban sugar plantations.

Máquina Music and Industrial Heritage

Lorenzo Sandoval Sandra Moros

Expanding on the lace-inspired design for Nottingham Contemporary’s Gallery Zero, curator Sandra Moros explores the sonic in Lorenzo Sandoval’s research of Spanish textile industry.

Complementary Metres on the Rhythmic Grid

Maxwell Sterling

In this sound work, composer and musician Maxwell Sterling offers an audio palimpsest of time and metric composition.

Owed to Perpetual Healing

Hannah Catherine Jones

In this podcast, artist and composer Hannah Catherine Jones responds to our current social and political grieving with the healing frequencies of 528 Hz and 432 Hz.

The Song of Spheres

Tabita Rezaire

In this sonic offering, artist Tabita Rezaire, listens out for cosmological, scientific and and yogic manifestations of our astral beginnings across various cosmologies.

Limits in Listening

Bhavisha Panchia

In this essay, curator and researcher Bhavisha Panchia reflects on the 1932 Cairo Congress of Arab Music to review the Western systematisation of Arabic modes.

Partitioned Listening: ‘We shall witness’

Syma Tariq

The second in a series of audio-essays commissioned to researcher and DJ Syma Tariq that takes Partition as a sonic environment over notions of time and event.

Partitioned Listening: ‘You trust your memories?’

Syma Tariq

The first in a series of audio-essays commissioned to researcher and DJ Syma Tariq that takes Partition as a sonic environment over notions of time and event.

Can you sound like two thousand?

Jota Mombaça

In this fictional essay by Nottingham Contemporary’s writer in residence, Jota Mombaça considers a global scenario of enclosure, biological surveillance and increased militarisation.

The Ensemble of the Senses and the Ensemble of the Social

Louis Henderson

In this essay-as-listening-session, artist and filmmaker Louis Henderson proposes music as a site for solidarity against Margaret Thatcher’s neoliberal and racist police state.

A Mirrored Conversation

Sung Tieu Cédric Fauq Damian Lentini

In this interview with visual artist Sung Tieu, curators Cédric Fauq and Damian Lentini discuss Tieu’s sonic research and sculptural practice.

Delusions of The Living Dead

Toby Heys

In this video, AUDINT follows a research unit’s member as he crosses the Atlantic in order to gain access to a rare and little understood medical document that could alter the dynamics of communication with otherworldy voices.

Unidentified Vibrational Objects on the Plane of Unbelief

Steve Goodman

In this sound work, Hyperdub founder Steve Goodman (Kode9) explores the concept of unsound following a meme complex around the alleged sonic ‘attacks’ on US Embassies in Cuba and South China.

Code Omega [Ω]

Eleni Ikon Savvas Metaxas

In this sonic hyperstition, artists Eleni Ikon and Savvas Metaxas unravel the archives of a secret experimental laboratory set up by the Soviet Union to research sonic warfare tactics.

Radio Earth Hold 001: The Colonial Voice

Radio Earth Hold

In this broadcast, the entwined histories of radio and protest make audible how the voice of authority has been deployed across North America and Palestine to violent ends.

What the Virus Wants

Filipa Ramos

In this essay, curator Filipa Ramos dwells on the agency of SARS-CoV-2 as a way to envisage a harmonious attunement between the living and non-living forces of our planet.

Listening to time at sound’s limits

Sofia Lemos

In this introduction, Sonic Continuum editor and curator Sofia Lemos introduces the themes of strand and imagines how disjointing acts of listening from the ear and its particular arrangement of time might restitute failures to listen.