One day about Noise

Datum och tid
15 december 2021 kl 09:00 - 16:00
Typ av händelse
Plats och färdväg

Konstfack: Studion / Zoom and Svarta havet

This One Day About Seminar at Konstfack University of Art Crafts and Design will research the concept and different aesthetic practices of noise in music and art. Noise as a practice and challenge to dominant cultural forms is part of a history of inquiries within artistic research. Noise relates to discourses in performance art, conceptual art, and new media. Participants are invited to share from their own experience and practices.

Everyone is welcome!
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Morning session – also available live via Zoom

09:00 – 09:10 Introduction by Michele Masucci and Ricardo Atienza

09:10 – 09:40 Perlin and Simplex Noise. Lecture by Palle Torsson

09:45 – 11:30 Noise and Experimental Music as Curatorial Practice. Lecture by Elena Wolay

11:30 – 12:00 Noise as a Paradigm Shift (for Knowledge Production and Practice). Presentation by Mattin

12:00 – 12:30 General discussion

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

Afternoon session
13:30 – 16:00 Workshop Noise & Alienation with Mattin

Noise & Alienation
During this workshop we will investigate the connection between the mental state of noise understood as the dissolution of selfhood and alienation understood as the objectification of living labour in the valorisation process.

Alienation is a modern concept that emerges with the development of the subject/object relationship that takes a specific form in capitalism. Noise as a form of conflict, disturbance and undecipherable signal can help us to understand the porous and unstable concept of the subject in liberalism, one that is increasingly showing its deficiencies.

If alienation points at the cut between living and dead labour, noise points out at the negative reminders occurring in the process of alienation.

By putting these two concepts directly, we will try to articulate a theoretical practice of the negative as a prerequisite for a collective investigation of freedom and unfreedom.

The "One day about Noise" seminar is part of KTH's NAVET Week 2021 - 13-17 December:


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Mattin is an artist, musician and theorist working conceptually with noise and improvisation. Through his practice he explores performative forms of estrangement as a way to deal with structural alienation and to interrogate our self-conception and sense of freedom under capitalist relations. In 2017 he completed a PhD at the University of the Basque Country under the supervision of the philosopher Ray Brassier. Along with Anthony Iles edited the book Noise & Capitalism (Kritika/Arteleku 2009) and currently they are in the final stages of editing the volume What is To Be Done Under Real Subsumption? forthcoming in Archive Books/Mute. In 2012 CAC Brétigny and Tuamaturgia published Unconsitituted Praxis, a book collecting his writing plus interviews and reviews from performances. Both books are available online. Urbanomic will publish this year his book Social Dissonance. Mattin is also part of the bands Billy Bao and Regler and currently he is co-hosting with Miguel Prado the podcast Social Discipline. Mattin took part in 2017 in documenta14 in Athens and Kassel.

Palle Torsson is an artist, hacker, and programmer, living in Stockholm. After exhibiting widely both nationally and internationally, Torsson has worked with several collaborative projects, among other Piratbyrån (2004-2010) and Stockholm's first hackerspace, Sparvnästet (2012-2016). During the same period, Torsson carried out a research project on collaborative hacker-art practice with funding from the Swedish Research Council. Torsson is currently a senior lecturer in art at Konstfack in Stockholm, running a hackerspace and mix reality lab.

Elena Wolay is a music journalist, lecturer, booking agent for Trees, grass and stones and Lydia Lunch, curator of concerts and exhibitions; Elena Wolaykeeps busy in the music sphere. Via the platform Jazz Är Farligt, which she has run since 2011, she has been described as one of the most driving forces on Sweden's alternative music scene. Wolay has been a member of the Nordic Council Music Prize Evaluation Committee, Swedish Arts Council's phonogram support working group, an expert in preparing grants for music organizers for the Swedish Arts Council, and an expert for the Stockholm City Cultural Administration and evaluation committee for Musikverket. Recent curatorial projects include Sun Ra at Mellanrummet, Malmö Konsthall (2021), Åke Hodell "Motstånd", Tensta konsthall (2020) and Åke Hodell "Motstånd", Malmö Konsthall (2022).