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04 Emergency and Emergence

Emergency and Emergence (April 2022 - December 2023) unearths transdisciplinary, sensorial and speculative practices of radical sensemaking and wayfinding via questions of repair, pedagogy, remediation and mutation. Edited by Canan Batur.
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03 Sonic Continuum

Sonic Continuum (Mar 2020 – Nov 2021) traces practices of world-making through sound, both as a force that constitutes the world and a medium for producing knowledge about it.

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Acousmatic Paranoia

Arrested Time

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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.
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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 - in language and beyond. These questions derive from an understanding that translation encompasses processes of erasure in colonial language and epistemologies. At the same time, it offers a liminal space marked by mistranslation, confusion, and hesitance. On Translations aims to explore the potential capacities of translation to be a 'site of inhabitation' rather than a transitional space between the original and the translated text.
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Sonic Continuum

Isabel Lewis: Unfolding Experience

Isabel Lewis Reece Cox

In this sonic interview, artist, choreographer and host Isabel Lewis speaks to Reece Cox about explores non-linear composition”

Hannah Catherine Jones: Sonic Healing and Repair

Hannah Catherine Jones Reece Cox

In this sampled interview, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and conductor Hannah Catherine Jones discusses her work with the Peckham Chamber Orchestra, her ongoing series The Oweds, Wagner and Sun Ra, as well as sampling as a form of transtemporal sonic solidarity.

Hassan Khan: Cascades and Modulations

Hassan Khan Reece Cox

In this interview, artist and musician Hassan Khan discusses how decentering the singular voice, modulating words into other words, and producing algorithmically infinite beats offer a lived experience of multidimensionality.

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.

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.

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.

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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 Gathering-Work of Music

Fumi Okiji  Dhanveer Singh Brar

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Reece Cox Hajra Waheed

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

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

Partitioned Listening 002: ‘We shall witness’

Syma Tariq

The second of a three-part audio essay takes Partition as a sonic environment in which resistance and repetition reverberate, disputing ordinary notions of time and event. It follows the trajectories of the Urdu revolutionary poem Hum Dekhenge (‘We Shall Witness’) and Hindi protest-performance Hum Bharat Ke Log (‘We the People’).

Owed to Perpetual Healing

Hannah Catherine Jones

In ‘Owed to Perpetual Healing’, artist and researcher Hannah Catherine Jones articulates and responds to the current socio-political climate through the healing frequencies, 528 Hz and 432 Hz. In this podcast, Jones asks how we navigate the interlocking pandemics and presents carefully selected tracks tuned to create space for simultaneous grieving, catharsis and hope.

The ensemble of the senses and the ensemble of the social

Louis Henderson

In this listening-session, artist and filmmaker Louis Henderson discusses four records produced in industrial cities in the UK during the years of Margaret Thatcher’s reign. Proposing music as a particularly fertile site of developing solidarity and resistance to the violence of Thatcher’s neoliberal and racist police state, the essay listens out for the influence of the techniques of echo and delay, connecting the struggles of migrant workers from the Caribbean and the British miners and factory workers.

Limits in Listening

Bhavisha Panchia

While the late 1800s saw territorial borders constructed across Africa, the early 1900s saw boundaries being placed on musical repertoires. 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 and explores forms of sonic resistance to the apparent neutrality of Western musical standards in today’s digital music tools.

The Song of the Spheres

Tabita Rezaire

In this weeklong sonic offering, artist Tabita Rezaire explores the sonic landscapes of the celestial realms. Taking form as a meditative lecture-listening-observation, it listens out for cosmological, scientific and yogic sonic manifestations of astral beginnings across various cosmologies and ritual traditions.

Partitioned Listening 001: ‘You trust your memories?’

Syma Tariq

Voices, as artefacts of the historical event of Partition, carry multiple worlds. This audio paper pivots personal testimony, archival footage and fable around the British destruction of colonial records in its former territories. In the first of three episodes, artist and researcher Syma Tariq explores the sonic protocols that come into play in the context of colonial erasure.

Can you sound like two thousand?

Jota Mombaça

In this fictional essay by Nottingham Contemporary’s writer in residence, Jota Mombaça considers forms of enclosure produced by the current ‘Global Biopolitical Siege’ and its increased militarisation, surveillance, and social disintegration through a speculative take on collectivity, sensibility, and anxiety.

A Mirrored Conversation

Sung Tieu Cédric Fauq Damian Lentini

Damian Lentini: Let’s start by talking about two projects, which are taking place concurrently in 2020 – ‘Zugzwang’ at Haus der Kunst, and ‘In Cold Print’ at Nottingham Contemporary – and the way in which you thought about these commissions. Sung Tieu: At Haus der Kunst, my initial desire was to propose something derived from…

Delusions of The Living Dead

Toby Heys

In this video AUDINT focuses on a research unit’s member as he crosses the Atlantic in order to gain access to a rare and little understood medical document that holds the encrypted formulas for seeing Cotard’s Delusion, also known as the Walking Corpse Syndrome.

Dossier 37: Unidentified Vibrational Objects on the Plane of Unbelief

Steve Goodman

Over a period beginning in early August 2017, AUDINT became entangled in a meme complex which is still ongoing, emanating from and propagated by the State Department of the USA. Revolving around the alleged sonic ‘attacks’ on US Embassies in Cuba and South China, this memeplex is drenched in uncertainty and disinformation. Dossier 37 tracks the timeline of these mysterious ‘attacks’, while explicating the polyvalent concept of unsound.

Code Omega [Ω]

Eleni Ikon Savvas Metaxas

In 1961, at the peak of the Space Race, the Soviet Union government secretly sets up an experimental laboratory researching sonic warfare tactics. The project lead is the auditory perception and processing expert, Aliki Zamfe. Code Ω is an account of Zamfe’s pioneering research, as recently released by her granddaughter Souzanna Zamfe.

Radio Earth Hold 001: The Colonial Voice

Rachel Dedman Lorde Selys Arjuna Neuman

This broadcast explores the entwined histories of radio and protest to consider how the voice of authority has been deployed across North America and Palestine to violent ends. In response REH 001 reimagines this voice as something embodied, multiple, and embryonic.

What the Virus Wants

Filipa Ramos

What are the dreams and aspirations of an infective agent? What can a virus desire? In this essay, writer Filipa Ramos dwells on the agency of the 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

By disjointing acts of listening from the ear and its particular arrangement of time, Sonic Continuum proposes a shift from representation to expression and asks: can sound restitute failures to listen? How might we listen to time affectively? What auditory imaginaries and possible futures can listening unfold?