Sunday, October 14th, 3:00PM
Arts Court Theater
2 Daly Ave.
Can sound be spaceless?
Greg J. Smith
in conversation with Geeta Dayal,
Darsha Hewitt and Mitchell Akiyama
What is the significance of field recordings, cloud-based music services and MP3s to our experience of music, sound and place? Can sound exist outside or apart from space? Drawing on the expertise of multidisciplinary artists and researchers, this panel will flesh out the implications of digital immateriality.
Geeta Dayal writes frequently on the intersections between sound, visual art, and technology. She is currently a staff writer at Wired.com in San Francisco, specializing in culture reporting. Her first book, Another Green World, on the musician Brian Eno, was published by Continuum in 2009. She has written over 200 articles and reviews for major publications, including Frieze, Cabinet, Bookforum, The Wire, The Village Voice, The New York Times, The International Herald-Tribune, Print, Rhizome, and many more. Her essays appear in several anthologies on music, including The New Grove Dictionary of Music (Oxford, 2012), Loops (Faber & Faber, 2009), The Resistible Demise of Michael Jackson (Zer0, 2009), The Pitchfork 500 (Simon & Schuster, 2008) and Marooned (Da Capo, 2007). She has taught several courses as a lecturer in new media and journalism at the University of California – Berkeley, Fordham University, and the State University of New York. She holds two undergraduate degrees from M.I.T. (2001) and a master’s degree from Columbia (2003). At M.I.T., she studied cognitive neuroscience and film, and did extensive work in video and installation art.
Darsha Hewitt is a Canadian artist based in Montreal Québec. She has presented work across Canada, in Mexico, Scandinavia and Europe. In 2011 Darsha was awarded an International Work Stipend from The Edith-Russ-Haus in Oldenburg (DE). In 2013 she will carry out her work with the support of a Scholarship by the Federal State of Lower Saxony for Young Artists in Sound Art at the Braunschweig University (DE). In keeping with her interest in making technology accessible, she teaches do-it-yourself electronics workshops in artist-run organizations, youth centres, schools and with feminist groups. Hewitt takes part is several open-source technology communities and has acted as a consultant on the development of electronics labs in artist-run centres in Canada. She is an organizing member of the Rustines|Lab Open Source Residency Program at Perte de Signal in Montréal. In 2009 Hewitt was a delegate at the Grounding Open Source Hardware Summit at the Banff New Media Institute. In 2007 she was the coordinator of L’oeuvre ouverte – the second international PureData Convention.
Mitchell Akiyama is a Toronto based composer, artist, and scholar. He has released over ten records on such labels as Raster Noton, Sub Rosa, and Alien8 in addition to works on his own imprint, Intr.version Records. He has performed across Europe, Japan, Australia, and North American in concert halls, clubs, art galleries, fallout bunkers, and festivals including Sonar, Mutek, and Send + Receive. Grounded in his research on technological mediation and storage, his installations and multimedia work investigate the relationship between historical narrative and sensory experience. Akiyama is currently pursuing a PhD at McGill University in Communications. His dissertation examines “field recording” across a variety of disciplines, from biology to folklore to sound art. He has published on a variety of subjects, from sound art to urban ecology in journals and magazines including, the Canadian Journal of Communications, Canadian Art Review (RACAR), Offscreen, Locus Suspectus, and Matrix. A book chapter entitled “The Recording that Never Wanted to be Heard’ and Other Stories of Sonification,” co-written with Jonathan Sterne, was recently published in the Oxford Handbook to Sound Studies.
Moderator: Greg J. Smith
Greg J. Smith is a Toronto-based designer and researcher with interests in media theory and digital culture. Extending from a background in architecture, his research considers how contemporary information paradigms affect representational and spatial systems. Greg is a designer at Mission Specialist and a contributing editor at Creative Applications Network [CAN]. His writing has appeared in Rhizome, Vectors, ICON, 3:AM Magazine, Current Intelligence and other publications. Greg has presented work internationally at institutions including Resonate (Belgrade), Eyeo Festival (Minneapolis), Medialab-Prado (Madrid) and the Western Front (Vancouver). He is an adjunct instructor in the CCIT program (U of T Mississauga/Sheridan College) and a member of the LA Game Space external advisory board. Greg received a Master of Architecture from John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto in 2007. He also studied design at LAIAD and received a B.A. (Philosophy) from the University of Toronto in 1999.