PoL # 26 Are You Becoming Radicalized? Sound Activism between Climate, Culture and Information Space

With Andrea Polli
Date: Thursday June 23rd, 2016
Time: 18:00
Venue: London College of Communication. Lecture Theatre C (LTC)
Members of the public please meet at the main reception area. <Directions>

Free with limited capacity
RSVP to: markpeterwright@gmail.com

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This PoL is staged in conjunction with Listening across Disciplines, an Arts and Humanities Research Council Network Project initiated by Principal Investigator, Dr. Salomé Voegelin, Reader in Sound Arts at the London College of Communication, UAL, and Co-Investigator, Dr. Anna Barney, Professor in Biomedical Acoustic Engineering at Southampton University.

The network brings together artists, musicians, scientists, technologists and social scientists as well as scholars and practitioners from the humanities to work across disciplinary boundaries on the recently emerging focus on sound and listening. The aim is to initiate a cross disciplinary exchange that draws together auditory research initiatives and methods from across the disciplines to advance its status and use.

As an official network partner PoL is proud to host this listening event with Andrea Polli.

About PoL #26:

As has been seen in recent tsunami and hurricane disasters, many lives depend on the interpretation of complex global information. A series of languages for communicating this mass of data is evolving, and part of that development includes sound.  This PoL session will ask participants to consider the complex question of how we might reach towards understanding climate change through sonic experience and design.

Sound artists have the opportunity to create works that have an emotional impact on an audience, and that can affect environmental understanding and behavior.  This is critically important now as we face the problem of global climate change.

How, for example, can varying temporal and geological scales of change be communicated through sound?  Climate change is a threat to biodiversity, and how can diversity be represented aurally? How can invisible, undetectable forces be presented sonically?  How can artists, scientists, activists and others from a variety of diverse backgrounds collaborate together to create a healthy way forward?

Artist and scholar Andrea Polli will discuss her journey towards activist art related to climate change, including work in the Arctic and Antarctic.  Participants are encouraged to bring sounds related to climate change, especially those that may represent global activism, biodiversity and large temporal and geographical scales.  These sounds will inform a discussion about how we might move forward in the face of catastrophic climate change.

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