Adam Potts received his doctorate from Newcastle University. He is an interdisciplinary researcher with interests in sound theory and aesthetics, particularly the philosophy of music. He has published on the themes of language and noise for a number of different websites and journals, both academic and non-academic. He is also a practitioner of music who has performed improvised vocals for several projects across the UK.
Amelia Ishmael is an independent writer, curator, and artist based in Chicago, IL. Her focus is in visual and aural arts. She has written catalogue essays, monographs, long-form articles, and exhibition/performance reviews for numerous international and regional arts and culture publications. She is currently an editor-in-chief at Helvete: a journal of black metal theory. Amelia curates video and film screenings and gallery exhibitions. She has been invited to speak on visual and aural arts at conferences and symposiums throughout the U.S. and Europe. www.ameliaishmael.com
Angus Carlyle is a researcher at CRiSAP at the University of the Arts, London. He edited the book Autumn Leaves (2007) and co-wrote In The Field (2013) with Cathy Lane. His work Air Pressure is a collaboration with anthropologist Rupert Cox and led to an installation (part of the Asia Triennial Manchester), a CD/booklet and a film which has toured internationally. A residency project in a Southern Italian hillside village resulted in the exhibition Viso Come Territorio (2012) and in an ongoing collaboration with filmmaker Chiara Caterina. www.anguscarlyle.com
Aya Kasai is a researcher, currently based in Oxford, UK. With a background in clinical and phenomenological psychology, her fascination lies in the mechanisms behind our appreciation of art, particularly in the use of language. She is a doctoral candidate in the School of Arts in the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment at Oxford Brookes University and is the founder and director of CARU, the Contemporary Arts ReSearch Unit. Aya is also an associate director of Playground http://www.theplayground.org.uk, an Oxford-based artist collaboration platform. www.ayakasai.co.uk
C.D. Rose is the editor of The Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure (Melville House, 2014), a book commemorating writers who have achieved a certain degree of failure. He is currently studying for a PhD on time, memory and voice in the short story at Edge Hill University, and is at home anywhere there are dark bars, dusty libraries and good second-hand bookshops.
Charlie Fox is a writer based in London. He has written for Frieze, Sight and Sound, The Wire, Modern Painters, ArtReview and others on subjects such as blue books, Buster Keaton, Fassbinder’s films, the conceptual art of Erik Satie, punk cinema, the artist’s memoir and dancing. He is currently at work on a project about recluses.
Christian Patracchini is an Italian artist, writer and curator based in London who works across different art forms. Projects alternate between performances, text based work, audio pieces and visual projects. His work has featured in exhibitions and festivals in the UK and abroad, including the BIOS Festival in Athens 2009, the PAE Festival in Rotterdam 2010 and the Colloquium Festival 2011 at School of Speech and Drama. More recently he has been showing at the Month of Performance Art at L’Atelierkunst (Berlin) and at RichMix (London). His first collection of poems and aphorisms Knots was completed in July 2014. Since 2013 Christian has been curating Flows, a series of events presenting a platform which aims at developing the text-action association for both emerging and established artists and writers. http://christianpatracchini.com
Christof Migone is an artist, curator and writer. His work and research delve into language & voice, bodies & performance, intimacy & complicity, rhythmics & kinetics, translation & referentiality, stillness & imperceptibility, structure & improvisation, play & pathos, pedagogy & unlearning, failure & endurance. Current investigations and obsessions include microphone hitting, book flipping, tongue extruding, record releasing, word hyphenating, para-pedagogical positioning, careless curating, noise making, sequitur following, paper passing, interval counting, re-repeating, publicking, machine fingering, playlist compiling, silence listening. He lives in Toronto and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University in London, Ontario. www.christofmigone.com
Craig Dworkin is the author of two critical monographs, Reading the Illegible (Northwestern, 2003) and No Medium (MIT, 2013), and the editor of five collections, including The Sound of Poetry/ The Poetry of Sound (with Marjorie Perloff, U. of Chicago Press, 2009). His poetry publications include, most recently: Alkali (Counterpath Press, 2015); Chapter XXIV (Red Butte Press, 2013); Motes (Roof Books, 2011), and The Perverse Library (Information As Material, 2010). He teaches literature and theory at the University of Utah and serves as Senior Founding Editor to Eclipse http://eclipsearchive.org.
Daniela Cascella is a London-based Italian writer. Her research is focused on sound and literature across a range of publications and projects, driven by a longstanding interest in the relationship between listening, reading, writing and in the contingent conversations, questions, frictions, kinships that the three practices generate, host or complicate.
Over the last few years she has practised and theorised Writing Sound in connection to reading, memory, personal/collective histories, and the interplay between fiction and criticism. Her new book, F.M.R.L. will be published by Zer0 Books in 2015: a recording of a three-year long improvisation in writing, F.M.R.L. is a collection of beginnings, footnotes and ‘deranged essays’. www.danielacascella.com
David Mollin’s work is concerned with ideas of contingency within the professionalized contemporary art world, and in particular with the effect of power consolidation and commodification and those elements of the work that disappear as a result of such a process. This has led to an increasing interest in the use of writing as a process of materialization of an artwork that fails to materialize. Mollin has co-founded with Matthew Arnatt the project 100 Reviews (Alberta Press and Greengrassi Gallery), he co-edited ch-ch-ch-changes: Artists Talk About Teaching with John Reardon (Ridinghouse) and works collaboratively on text-based sound work with Salomé Voegelin. www.davidmollin.net
Dušan Barok is a writer and artist involved in the fields of software, art and theory. He is founding editor of Monoskop, a wiki for collaborative studies of art, media and the humanities, and a member of the collective La Société Anonyme. http://monoskop.org
Elena Biserna is currently researcher at Locus Sonus, École Supérieure d’Art d’Aix-en-Provence and École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Bourges. Her interests are focused on expanded sound, listening and on contextual, ephemeral and participatory practices in relationship with urban dynamics, socio-cultural processes and the everyday sphere. Among her recent projects: bip bop – a radio programme conceived as an exhibition space on Radio Città Fujiko 103.1|Bologna co-curated with Rita Correddu and Alice Militello – and Walking from Scores – a collection of artists’ scores and instructions on walking, listening and sounding in urban space.
Elin Øyen Vister / Child of Klang (b. 1976) is a multidisciplinary artist working with field recording, installation, composition, performance, sculpture, live improvisation, radio, sound for film as well and site specific sound interventions. They are occupied with listening as an artistic practice, in ways of composing, sensing and experiencing the world; much inspired by the american philosopher and composer Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening practice. Øyen Vister addresses topics of ecological transition and the global loss of biodiversity through her artistic practice and works with a ecological and queer perspective when looking closer into dichotomies of the nature-culture relation, and human-non human and human-human relations. www.childofklang.no www.soundscaperost.com
Georgia Rodger is a British artist currently based in London, having completed a fine art MA at KHiB, Bergen Academy of Art and Design. She was also part of the Nordic Sound Art Programme. Originally from North East England, in 2004 she moved to London to study Sculpture at Camberwell College of Arts and continued to live and work in London before moving to Norway. Following her interests in making artworks and performances that manipulate and extend the body, Georgia’s works often stage the act of making as a performance, exploring this as a mediation between body, tools/instruments and material/sound. www.georgiarodger.co.uk
Helena Hunter is an artist based in London. Her work spans live performance and moving image. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including screenings and performances at The Barbican Art Gallery (London), Jerome Zodo Contemporary (Milan) Manchester Art Gallery, and festivals including Instantanee (Rome), City of Women (Ljubljana) and Fem (Girona). Hunter is nominated for New Sensations 2014 and was shortlisted for The Arts Foundation Award in 2011 and the UKYA British Art Showcase in 2010. She has received grants and awards from Artsadmin, The Live Art Development Agency and Arts Council England. Most recently she has presented solo and collaborative projects at Art13, Ceri Hand Gallery, Flat Time House and UCL Art Museum. www.helenahunter.net
Julie Lillelien Porter (b. 1975), artist and curator based in Bergen and freelance writer and critic for Billedkunst and KUNSTforum. She is especially interested in independent and self-organised arenas, perspectives and processes in the artistic field. She is one of the founders of artist group Ytter and has exhibited individually and collaboratively for many years. Julie’s educational background is Master of Fine Arts from Bergen National Academy of the Arts (2010) and BA of Fine Arts, Sculpture & Environmental Art, 2003. www.julielilllelienporter.net
Active since the late 1970s, Leif Elggren is a writer, visual artist, art book publisher, stage performer, and composer based in Stockholm. His varied and prolific output routinely involves dreams, subtle absurdities, and social hierarchies turned upside-down. His audio works are often created as the soundtrack to an installation or a performance. In 1988, he formed the duo The Sons of God (with Kent Tankred). That same year he released his debut solo LP, Flown Over by an Old King. Elggren is also the benevolent co-monarch (with Carl Michael von Hausswolff) of the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland. www.leifelggren.org
Lorena Muñoz-Alonso is a writer, art critic and occasional curator born in Madrid and based in London. She is assistant editor at artnet News and she writes regularly for publications such as frieze, art-agenda, Journal … ment, this is tomorrow and Input, as well as for artist monographs, gallery and museum publications. She has curated exhibitions in London, Madrid and Barcelona. Muñoz-Alonso is interested in the conditions of production of female artists and writers–problematising questions of self-representation and biography–as well as in sound as a writing device. www.selfselector.co.uk
Mark Peter Wright is an artist based in London, UK. His work debates agency and mediation between humans, animals, environments and their associated technologies of ‘capture’. He exhibits across a range of media and has installed, performed and published work within various international contexts and platforms including Art Licks, Centre for Creative Collaboration, Corbel Stone Press, Flat-Time House, GV Art, Interference Journal, Museum of Contemporary Art Rome, Musicworks, New York Public Library, Paccar Gallery and TATE. www.markpeterwright.net
Patrick Farmer is a person working with composition. He is a founder member of the Set Ensemble, co-founder of the Compost and Height label and has recently published his third book, Yew Grotesque. http://patrickfarmer.org
Phil Owen is a musician and writer based in Bristol, England. His current focus is the research project where is this voice coming from, and who am I when I can hear it? which explores legacies of lost or remote vocal practices and the idea of vocal appropriation. He is co-founder of the salon event Tertulia, which focuses on experimental practice around voice and language. In his spare time he enjoys shapenote singing and learning Welsh.
Psykick Dancehall publish the D A N C E H A L L journal, release strange musics on obsolete mediums and have been seen to organise concerts in Brighton, Glasgow and now Manchester. As Human Heads they release warped topographic sketches about beauticinists & Ann Quin. www.psykickdancehallrecordings.com http://humanheads.tumblr.com/
Richard Skinner is a novelist, poet and Director of the Fiction Programme at Faber Academy. His novel, The Velvet Gentleman (Faber), is a fictional biography of the life of Erik Satie, a translation of which was shortlisted in France for the Prix Livres & Musiques. Some poems from his poetry collection, the light user scheme, were chosen by the international collective of musicians, Pablo’s Eye, as lyrics for their album, all she wants grows blue. He has published an ebook, Dub: Red Hot vs Ice Cold (NOCH), which looks at the viral nature of dub as it spreads into different forms of music. http://richardskinner.weebly.com/
Rune Søchting is an artist, composer and curator. In his artistic work he works at the intersection between music composition, performance and installations with a variety of formats and with a main focus on sound. He is currently writing a PhD on sound as a social and spatial phenomenon at the Royal Danish Art Academy, School of Visual Arts.
Sculpture (David Toop and Rie Nakajima) is an experience that proposes a strategy, working to subvert the routines of performance as entertainment, lecture as information, literature fixed to the page, the conventions of duration, the direction of light and occupation of a space. Does the sculptor have to be present, or make things? Always end with a question?
Sculpture has been presented four times since 2013. Participating artists have included Angharad Davies, Daniela Cascella, Pierre Berthet, Charles Hayward, Max Eastley, Emi Watanabe, Lina Lapelyte, Marie Roux, David Cunningham, John Butcher, Pia Palme, Dam Van Huynh and many others. www.sculpturetoopnakajima.com
Salomé Voegelin is an artist and writer engaged in listening and hearing as a socio-political practice of sound. She is the author of Sonic Possible Worlds: Hearing the Continuum of Sound (Bloomsbury, 2014) and Listening to Noise and Silence: Towards a Philosophy of Sound Art (Continuum, 2010). While her solo work focuses on the small and slight, unseen performances and moments that almost fail to happen, her collaborative work with David Mollin, has a more conceptual basis, establishing through words and sounds conversations and reconfigurations of relationships and realities. www.salomevoegelin.net
Signe Lidén makes installations and performances that deal with the resonance of places and objects. Her works are often auditory examinations of the history, function, and memory of manmade landscapes. She has made the installation series Writings for the Resonance Network, The Cold Coast Archive in collaboration with Steve Rowell and Annesofie Norn, and contributed to the research project Replace. Lidén has made commissioned works for Dark Ecology curated by Sonic Acts/Hilde Methi, Hordaland Kunstsenter, Kunsthall Oslo/Ny Musikk, Touch Radio among others. She is currently one of the curators in the project LYDHØRT at Lydgalleriet Bergen. http://signeliden.com
Tone Gellein, born 1963, Norway. I am creating works in the space between performance, text and video with a background in choreography, dance and theatre. Studies at University of Oslo, Bergen, Tromsø (theatre, social anthropology, art), further studies in sound and video editing and MFA in Art Writing from Goldsmiths College, London. My work is concerned with a continuous research into the cross section of realities, spaces and levels; a platform for a poetic dramaturgy and presence; to challenge and open up for flexible categories from where to see and experience; where text is researched as an independent premise: as image, as voice, as sound. www.tonegellein.com
Ursula Nistrup (DK), coming from photography as well as installations employing also text, video and drawing, in recent years her practice has taken on a new sculptural orientation, influenced by her previous studies in architecture. She focuses her attention on aesthetics, psychology, immateriality, light and later on music, spatial navigation, narration and acoustic materials. www.nistrup.com
Will Montgomery makes electronic music, sound art and field recordings. His musical pieces explore aural texture and narrative. He also constructs compositions from sequences of treated or untreated field recordings. He is interested in the acoustics of the built environment, particularly London. His work has been released by various labels: Winds Measure, Entr’acte, nonvisualobjects and Every Contact Leaves a Trace. He collaborates with the poet Carol Watts and teaches poetry and poetics at Royal Holloway, University of London.