[spectre] Read & Repair - Sense-full Pedagogy feat. Supreme Connections

Cristina Cochior clcochior at gmail.com
Tue Mar 23 15:46:52 CET 2021

Date: Sunday, 28th March 2021
Time: 11:00am-13:00pm CET
Location: https://stream.vvvvvvaria.org/

*Read & Repair - Sense-full Pedagogy feat. Supreme Connections*

In 2021 our Read & Repair sessions will be paired, we will take two months
to explore one theme. During March and April 2021, we will be exploring the
theme Sense-full Pedagogy. Sensory systems respond to stimuli and provide
data for our perception. A sense is any of the systems involved in
sensation. What do our senses read into? These sessions will choreograph
unusual sources for us to read into, and care for the body that reads.
Together we will ask how Sight, Sound, Smell, Taste, and Touch are part of

The text selection for Supreme Connections was made by Varia Library group
member amy pickles, and will be co-hosted by participants and mentors of
the artistic research postgraduate programme of a.pass, Bruxelles BE.

For this Read we have two groups of participants in different places, you
connecting at home and a.pass together in a room with a microphone. We will
be reading different words, connected through two modes of online
messaging. Using the varia online radio and an etherpad to write
collectively, we will use instruction and textual arrangement to live score
a sonic composition for radio broadcast.

Those at home will absorb two works of north american, electronic music
composer and installation artist Maryanne Amacher. We will focus on her
first works, City Links, and her proposition for a media opera entitled
Intelligent Life. Existing only as a storyboard, Intelligent Life was
"readied for submission to directors and funders throughout the 1970s and
early 1980s, the opera consisted of nine one-hour-long episodes designed
for television broadcast with in-home FM simulcast. As of yet, it has not
been taped, recorded, or broadcast." 1

Amacher describes her other works, "I installed microphones in different
remote locations. They were called City Links, and a microphone could be by
the ocean in one city and then another in another city; then I would bring
these remote locations together in mixing." 2 The co-hosts of this Read,
participants of a.pass, will be broadcasting from another location,
bringing you the sounds of that space and another reference into the mix.
As Intelligent Life was intended to be a grand opera in the home, so will
the participants of a.pass shape your reading experience by "supplying an
ephemeral sonic world" 3 attuned to your reading.

Participants of a.pass will have read from, and made notes on, artist
Lawrence Abu Hamdan's Aural Contract: Forensic Listening and the
Reorganisation of the Speaking-Subject. Hamdan's text has been chosen in
preparation for re-organisation from unknown authors on the pad, enacting
the typed out instructions from a disembodied audience, and as
reconsideration of the politics of being listened to, by those streaming
the radio.

By putting these texts in conversation we want to consider developments of
surveillance and machine listening, in combination with Amacher's
imaginatory potential for what artificial intelligence could do for our
creative capacity to make music, and our sensorial ability to connect to
the world around us.

a.pass is an artistic and educational research environment that welcomes
research practitioners in an international collaborative and
trans-disciplinary program. a.pass includes two complementary structures
that operate in parallel and in dialogue: the Postgraduate Program and the
Research Center.

amy pickles is a participant of a.pass and the varia library group. As an
artist and loosely formed educator, she works through ways to perceive
colonial infrastructures we find ourselves to be a part of. In our work
redistribution (of knowledge, tools, finances) and collaboration, are
methodologies to refuse individual ownership.

There is no prior reading needed before we come together to Read, we
experience the texts for the first time together and will send out a link
for download during the event.

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