Commissioned contributions (enacted by thickear)
Brandon LaBelle, Rehearsal for a People’s Microphone
Originally presented as part of Espace Im Média in August 2013, this audio work features an accompanied voice that speaks of social unrest. It questions the mode of political address. It hesitates, then finds momentum. It speaks to the crowd and the crowd repeats, throwing the voice toward the horizon of a potential future: that of an imaginary republic.
Brandon LaBelle is an artist, writer, and theorist. His artistic work explores situational and contextual projects that create forms of intervention in public spaces, acts of translation and archiving, as well as micro-actions aimed at the sphere of the (un)common. His recent publication, Lexicon of the Mouth: Poetics and Politics of Voice and the Oral Imaginary (Bloomsbury, 2014), is a survey of the oral cavity as the central channel by which self and surrounding are brought into relation.
Christof Migone, Present
A study in long distance ventriloquism. Teleloquism, speaking here and there. Having your voice voiced by another, not hearing your voice in the room where your words are being spoken, not being in the same room as your voice. What happens when my voice splits into me and you?
Christof Migone is an artist, curator, and writer. His work and research delve into language, voice, bodies, performance, intimacy, complicity, and endurance. He obtained a PhD from the Department of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts of New York University in 2007. His work has been commissioned by Tate Modern, Dazibao, Kunstradio, Centre for Art Tapes, New Adventures in Sound Art, and Radio Canada, among others.
Kim Noble, Phone Call to a Dating Agency Representative
This sound work by Kim Noble, curated by thickear to include both private and public listenings, uses the award-winning artist’s provocative and humorous style to explore distance in human exchanges. A space where perceptions of separation, whether geographic, emotional or technological, facilitate viewpoints from the voyeuristic to the empathetic.
Kim Noble is an award-winning video artist and comedian whose work uses a provocative and humourous style to expose the turgid and frail qualities of the human condition. He was one-half of the BAFTA-nominated comedy duo Noble and Silver, who won the Perrier Award for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Festival in 2000. Noble has since gone on to feature in shows such as The Mighty Boosh.
Scanner (aka Robin Rimbaud), The Difference Between a Microphone and a Telescope
A newly commissioned performance and discursive exercise using an interactive approach to how we listen, how we interpret, and how we share information. Could one sound make one person happy whilst causing another frustration? Is there a universal understanding of which sounds annoy and which sounds please? There are no answers in this work, only propositions.
Scanner (Robin Rimbaud), whose name derives from the phone and police scanners he used in his early work, is an artist who traverses the experimental terrain between sound, space, image, and form, creating absorbing, multi-layered sound pieces that twist technology in unconventional ways. He is also a member of the band Githead with Wire’s Colin Newman and Malka Spigel and Max Franken from Minimal Compact.
David Toop, ‘Many Private Concerts’
In this original participatory performance piece for Doing, Sounding, Exchanging, Thinking, following Toop’s instructions, thickear will lead the symposium in a performance of privately heard actions to create simultaneous ‘private concerts’.
David Toop is a musician/composer, author, and curator, and he is professor and chair of audio culture and improvisation at the London College of Communication. He is the author of several renowned publications including the seminal Oceans of Sound, which examined music as a medium for deep mental involvement.
Salomé Voegelin and David Mollin, Factual Dispersion, Poetic Compression: LANGUAGES OF EXILE
Stepping backwards and moving forwards with the words of female Syrian poets, whose poems are oddly and noticeably not dated in the books recovered in a translation from the British Library. Despite the original words being imminently intelligible within the contemporary language of the particular place from where they were written – whether that is Syria, France, Lebanon or wherever. The necessary compression of meaning within each sentence of this poetry is counterpointed against the fact of legal, journalistic accuracy and its subsequent dispersal; its general thinning out, particularly in the face of reported death.
Salomé Voegelin is an artist and writer engaged in listening as a socio-political practice of sound. She is the author of Listening to Noise and Silence: Towards a Philosophy of Sound Art (Continuum, 2010). Voegelin is a Reader in Sound Arts at London College of Communication, UAL. She is course leader for MA Sound Arts and has a PhD from Goldsmiths College, London University. David Mollin studied painting at Düsselfdorf Kunstakademie and the RA Schools in London. He received a Doctorate from Goldsmiths College, University of London, in 2007. He is currently teaching art writing at the LCC, University of the Arts, London.
thickear is an artist’s collective known for their engagement with concepts of exchange and public transaction. Their work interrogates contemporary themes through combinations of sound, installation, participation and performance.
Formed in London in 2012, thickear have presented exhibitions and performances at a wide range of venues and events including Arbeit Gallery, Music Hackspace, Music Tech Fest, the Barbican Centre, ICT 2013 Vilnius, Lighthouse, the Royal College of Art, ICT&Art Connect, FutureEverything Festival, the Open Data Institute, and the Yard Theatre.
With the Data & Ethics Working Group, thickear have presented work at the European Parliament in Brussels, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam.
thickear are Geoff Howse, Jack James, Kevin Logan, and Tadeo Sendon.
Curated by thickear www.thickear.org
Co-curator and production: Jason Coburn (foundation B.a.d)
Fundraising: Karin Arink, Jason Coburn (foundation B.a.d)
Graphic design: Michael Brenner www.contentcontext.org
Catering: Inge Aanstoot (foundation B.a.d)
Video documentation: Marieke van der Lippe www.mariekevanderlippe.n