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Lily Hunter Green (composer and visual artist) The Sonic Art Research Unit Visiting Practitioner Series Monday 7th December 6pm-8pm GMT

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Episode 2: Lily Hunter Green

Lily will open her talk with an overview of the global decimation of the bee community, she will explain the multiple and interacting reasons why so many bees are dying worldwide, outlining contributing factors to this loss, including climate change and habitat loss, concluding with an analysis of the implications on human well being and health in a world devoid of bees. She will then introduce and elucidate the thinking and mechanics behind her multi-discipline digital art project: Bee Composed Live, a virtual reality immersive honey bee habitat that has been conceived to make an exciting new creative case for biodiversity, and which has involved the construction of an innovative and dynamic ‘hive-mind’, i.e. unique collaborations with a number of participating musicians, artists, scientists, digital coders and beekeepeers. Bee Composed Live blends digital experiences, contemporary opera, dance and music with original audio-visual soundscapes and footage composed and harvested from a working piano bee hive. She will show audio and visual samples of the work in progress with a particular focus on two interactive elements of the hive mind: Tuning In and Silencing the Virus, both of which have been informed by research work undertaken in collaboration with scientists at The Gurdon Institute at the University of Cambridge. The talk will conclude with a reflection on the potential transformative power of the arts. And beyond that, the importance of collaboration: the building a multi-discipline, multi-practice, hive mind, to make the global case for the bees.

Lily Hunter Green is a UK-based contemporary composer and visual artist. Lily has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Her exhibitions include Bee Composed Live (SNAP EXHIBITION: Aldeburgh); The Wild Card (Sadler’s Wells: London); Creative Climate Symposium (Keynes Library: University of London); Tuning In (Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts: China), and Cross-Pollination (516 ARTS: Albuquerque, US). She is an Associate Research Fellow at Birkbeck College where she undertook an artist residency between 2017-2019. Part of the SARU Online Seminar Series 20/21. Free to attend. Please register in advance.

https://lilyhuntergreen.com/

About SARU Visiting Practitioner Series

The visiting practitioner series is a bimonthly online seminar series interested in sonic/auditory culture and listening practice. The 2020/21 seminar series is co-curated by SARU members Matt Parker and Patrick Farmer.

Seminars are hosted via Zoom and free to attend for all. Please register in advance of attending to receive a link. Email mattparker@brookes.ac.uk to register and to make enquiries.

Sonic Art Research Unit

SARU provides a forum for dialogue and exploration between the fields of experimental composition and sound art. It is situated in the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University between the fields of Music and Fine Art. Areas of interest include modes of listening, sound studies, language based composition, interdisciplinary practices, field recording, electroacoustics and auditory knowledge.SARU is bolstered by a community of practitioners and is home to audiograft, a festival of contemporary experimental music and sound art.

You can get involved in SARU through our Research Degree programme.

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