We've just completed a new microsite for Listening Across Disciplines, an AHRC funded project that 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 project launched on the 23rd June with its first event: Listening to the Environment which focussed on ecological, geological, architectural and spatial concerns. Concepts including Ground Truth, Veracity, Apophenia and the issue of the field in field recording, alongside a range of specifics were discussed by a range of participants including artists Andrea Polli and Raviv Ganchrow, historian Sabine von Fischer and scientist Simon King and many others.
More details on the project including podcasts of the event are available at listeningacrossdiscplines.net.
We're pleased to announce the launch of the new CRiSAP website – www.crisap.org – featuring a selection of pioneering research projects in Sound Arts from the last decade. The research section has a number of core themes and is supported by multi-tag filtering allowing users to drill down into the content by theme, sub-theme, people and year. Featuring works by Cathy Lane, Angus Carlyle, John Wynne, Salomé Vogelin, David Toop, Peter Cusack and more, the site showcases pioneering research into sound arts and CRiSAP's place at the forefront of international sound arts research.
We recently completed the private beta of the Amok Dispatch online. Previously published across five editions; the Dispatch became internationally recognized as a vitally important guide to bizarre and provocative information in the pre-internet era.Vanity Fair proclaimed it to be “the benchmark sourcebook on deviant literature” while the San Francisco Chronicle asserted that "a side effect of reading the Amok Dispatch is that it could make you reconsider the very nature of imagination, freedom and possibility."
The fifth edition of the dispatch opened up its ranks to a wide-ranging group of “oddball bibliophiles” (as director John Waters termed them) to contribute reviews and became a true sourcebook rather than a mail order book catalog. Each of the Amok Fifth Dispatch contributors brought his or her own distinctive perspective and voice to the job of reviewing these intriguing and often obscure works.
This new online version takes the thousands of book reviews, excerpts and photos from the Amok Fifth Dispatch as the basis for an ever-expanding portal for challenging and subversive books and information.
In the Wild
September marks the centenary of the first Zeppelin to be shot down in WW1. This was a pivotal moment in the first air war and will be commemorated in Cuffley, Potter's Bar and Little Wigborough at various events including Cuffley Hall and ZepFest.
Photographic evidence of Semiconductor's residency at CERN
Julian will be conducting historical and on-site research on Hydropathy as part of a residency investigating physical puritanism and disease at the Guesthouse, Cork, Ireland in Spring 2016.