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Photography and Sound: Urban Encounters

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Photography and Sound: Urban Encounters


Diego Ferarri, London-based Artist. Photographer & researcher, Kingston University

Atau Tanaka, Professor of Media Computing, Goldsmith's University, London

An evening of performance, talks and discussion on the topic of visual and sonic interventions, urban encounters, sensors and senses.

Chaired by Matei Mitrache (Bartlett) and Merijn Royaards (Bartlett)


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Atau Tanaka:

Atau Tanaka studied electronic music with Ivan Tcherepnin at Harvard University where he met John Cage during his Norton Lectures. He did his doctorate with John Chowning at Stanford University’s CCRMA. There he began working with electromyogram muscle signals as a musical interface, using the BioMuse. He has conducted research at IRCAM, formed Sensorband with Zbigniew Karkowski and Edwin van der Heide and then worked in Japan, performing with Merzbow, Otomo, and KK Null and others. He has since been researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris and Artistic Co-Director of STEIM. He is Professor of Media Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Atau's talk, The Body as Musical Instrument, considers the human body as musical instrument. To do so, we look at the use of physiological signals, notably the electromyogram, as a way to capture the gestural intention and effort of the performer. The use of biomedical technologies as computer interfaces, however, do not automatically comprise a musical instrument. To imagine a system that affords expressive musical performance, we will think about the notion of the “instrument”, and contrast it with concepts of the “tool” predominant in our technoculture. We will also consider the word, “performance” and its various artistic, technical, and social meanings. Through this extended vision of musical instruments, we will consider how biosignals provide a virtual instrument, or perhaps even turn performer into instrument.


Diego Ferarri:

Diego Ferrari is an artist and photographer. His recent work takes a fine art approach to street photography. His work interrogates the relationship between social values and public spaces, with a particular interest in the relationship between the body and its environment. He studied Fine Art at Escola Llotja in Barcelona, was awarded a BA in Fine Art at Goldsmith’s College, University of London and an MA in Art and Architecture at the University of Kent. He teaches the Photography, Art and Architecture course at Central Saint Martins and is a lecturer on the BA in Photography at Kingston University, London. He has lectured at Tate Britain, Goldsmiths College, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Centre for Contemporary Culture of Catalunya, Barcelona and University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.


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