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Listening to an Elusive Geography

DJ Lecture


Photo: Thomas Montalti

Participation at the Mediterranea 19 Young Artists Biennale - School of Waters, San Marino, 9th July, 2021.

The DJ's personal orbit through the musical universe connecting elements in certain order (Bourriaud), the struggles and discontent inscripted in the popular (Stuart Hall)--in our case popular music--the playlist and the reference-list interwoven together to compose this peculiar classroom community (bell hooks) of listening to what remains elusive. The DJ Lecture hopes it had generated this generous space for audibility to function through speaking of the sea from the mountains to the coast, starting from a local yet radiant tidal universe of the Mediterranean, the passively enjoyed dancefloors and resentment to the ways in which we could speak of those significant things while changing contexts, dealing with knowledge, working with theory, exploding the references, feeling the feeling.

Notes on Listening to an Elusive Geography written by Chara Stergiou.



Practices of Attunement - #Instituting

Workshops


Photo: Vangelis Patsialos

As a member of Practices of Attunement, we run a series of online workshops as part of HKW’s New Alphabet School #Instituting public programme in June 2021.

The workshop acts as a proposition that takes ‘instituting’ as a nonfinite verb, a call to collective action: a never-ending form of speculation, adopting attentiveness, receptivity and movement as its constituent elements. Practices of Attunement seeks to extend Fred Moten and Stefano Harney’s notion of ‘study’: an encounter “where you allow yourself to be possessed by others,” instituting a mode of counter-maintenance, generating and maintaining felicitous conditions for encounters.  Over the past nine months, we have been meeting bi-weekly to undertake an ongoing process of study(ing) together. For New Alphabet School #Instituting, we invited participants to join us in extended sessions that focus on maintaining, triggering or establishing the conditions for study via remote(ly) collective practices of attunement occurring (a)synchronously across multiple sites. In the unfolding space of study – being together and apart – Practices of Attunement propose to encounter and attempt to attune to different, overlapping, inconsistent, unevenly distributed, (in)tangible and (un)bounded ecospheric entanglements.

The workshop took place across a two-week period, where participants meet online twice in preliminary sessions prior to the event on June 25. The purpose of part one was to think through conditions and practices for attunement. Based on the participants’ experiences, part two will discuss possibilities to institute counter-institutional modes of study.

The workshop is part of HKW’s #Instituting: Public Programme – June 24-26 2021
with Stefano Harney, Fred Moten, ruangrupa and others.

Information about the program of #Instituting can be found here.




Liquid Junctions / Mediterranea 19 x Artworks

DJ Lecture


Liquid Juctions / Mediterranea 19 x ARTWORKS @ SNFCC, Photo: Pinelopi Gerasimou

Performance of the DJ Lecture “Listening to an Elusive Geography” adapted in Greek as part of the Mediterranea 19 Young Artists Biennale - School of Waters parallel program in Athens, supported by Artworks and its founding donor Stavros Niarchos Foundation / At Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), Athens, 4th June 2021.



Still from the DJ Lecture script




Technospatial Entanglements of Infrastructural Bio-/politics

Symposium Proceedings

Paper presentation at the symposium “Space Interweavings: Ethos-Social Practices- Architecture”, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 21st May, 2021.
Watch the 10 min presentation after 8:04:56
Read the paper in greek.

The material and spatial expression of our latest technopolitics set anew the limits of our spatial terminology, typologies, and mostly our capability to trace such phenomena. Starting from infrastructure theory as formed in the architectural discipline and taking into account relevant theoretical approaches from disciplines still untouched by the architectural study, the text needs to trigger traditional notions of spatial issues towards a big unuttered discussion. Such an opening needs to declare that such a discourse involves a number of fields of theory, it requires to be interdisciplinary, has to re-examine the technological as evolutional obsession through searching for modalities in the technical, and above all, it seeks to shake the solid foundations of materialism in the field of architectural study within a complex political and cultural reality of the present.

This reflection needs to trigger and reset the notion of ‘study’ in the architectural discipline and its forms of ‘knowing the world’ as a process that challenges forcefully the never-ending battle of its own ‘sovereignties of knowledge’ (Moten&Harney 2013) in a complex reality, while forming a proposition of how to “undo the sovereign state of itself” (Harney 2020).




Liquid Junctions

Conversation

Talk with Ella Finer and Angeliki Tzortzakaki as part of Digital Swamp | Expanded Public Program for the Mediterranea 19 Young Artists Biennale - School of Waters, 19th May, 2021.


Because, I have been thinking Chara of these two bodies in your work: the DJ and the lecturer…as two bodies intrinsically linked by their love of moving an audience between what we are hearing to what we are hearing about -- knowledge as always on the move between the sound and its description -- we are in the song and then in all the memories and imagined dimensions it calls forth, we are in the theoretical thick of a remix, we are in the space open long enough for us, the audience, to create some of the noise and some of the description of the noise ourselves.”

Ella Finer, extract from Notes in response to Chara Stergiou’s DJ Lecture, 2021.




Practices of Attunement

On-going



Practices of Attunement are a collective of artists and researchers, distributed across different geographic locations, who meet bi-weekly to practice attunement and study, across physical and digital space. Formed initially in response to Haus der Kulturen der Welt’s call for #Instituting in the context of The New Alphabet School, we explore and experiment with techniques of being in and of the world differently.

Practices of Attunement are: Aslı Uludağ, Chara Stergiou, [diffrakt | centre for theoretical periphery, Gala Rexer, Moritz Gansen, Sam Nightingale, Simon Fleury

See the first edition of PoA Press released bi-monthly, in attunement with the rhythm of the study group’s meetings. It includes patches from our collective practices, of thinking and being in the world together.

Subscribe or follow our website for news on workshops and events we will be hosting.




What is a DJ Lecture?: Uprooting sovereignties of knowledge through montaging songs

Short Text

In the Call&Response Section of Sonic Scope Journal: New Approaches to Audiovisual Culture, Peer reviewed academic journal, Department of Music at Goldsmiths, University of London, February 2021.
Read here.

“A song alone may tell a story, but playing with the setlist (in our case a sonic and a verbal one), selecting and montaging its order, a unique story of a speculative nature can emerge which, in the case of the DJ Lecture, can break the grounds of an “anhedonistic” academia.undefined If a lecture is “a formal talk on a serious subject” then, let’s play with this formality and make our unsound stories “serious” and more “real.”undefined Or, even if a lecture is “an angry talk given to someone in order to criticise their behaviour,” then why not express collective and unacknowledged resentment and anger before it becomes grief?”




A Radial Drift

Audio Essay


The audio essay attempts to showcase hidden connections between sonic and spatial thinking. Starting with an exploration of sound recordings of signals through the application ‘Architecture of Radio’ the ‘Radial Drift’ wonders: has our everyday urban environment become this atmospheric, signaling yet vibrant space of seemingly impalpable energetical formations? While remaining unsound, unseen and generally ungrasped, traditional spatial disciplines are still struggling to overcome a materiality based on the so-called ‘built statement’. At the same time fields such as media studies seem to investigate the consideration of relevant spatial formations as large media objects whose study of operationality can shift our gaze to look for different spatial materialities in familiar constellations. Stiffenings in the urban disciplines — which were always focused on a seeing-is believing culture — cannot deal with this ubiquitous singling space. At this point, the contribution of sonic materialism as acoustic resonance — with its intensity frequency ratios and vibrant affects — forms a common ground of interplay between the new urban millieu of infrastructural non-human yet human designed entities. Challenging anthropocentric views and imaginations related to the infrastructural dreams of a radiant urban epistemology, its relation to transmission cultures and our always radiophonic cities, the essay wants to showcase that there are certain coordinates related to qualitative aspects of the materialities and operations of sound that were always there and can offer fruitful reflections towards the revelation of a hidden spatial ontology that lays on different kinds of ethereal and abstract distribution — a modality of affect of our temporality — while tracing its roots in globalisation stories and modalities.

In need of an epistemological widening and in order to elaborate the sensorial difficulties that shape the current dynamics in existence of knowledge in many fields, the last part of the audio piece manages to form a critique towards the challenges of scholarship and discipline sovereignty that different sensoria claim, when it comes to this difficult task of knowing the world. In this exhaustive condition of realisms of dispersed corporation or scattered effects, even such crossbreedings seem as a positive stance to reach different political, cultural or cognitive unconsciousness.




Ocean As Archive

Zine Design & Text Contribution



This is a fanzine that grew out of discussions and field trips undertaken for The Ocean As Archive, a class led by Dr Ayesha Hameed as part of the MA Contemporary Art Theory programme at Goldsmiths, University of London (November 2018 – March 2019). This zine was published in conjunction with a performance night on May 2, 2019 at Tamesis Dock in London.

The Ocean As Archive class is:
Farah Al Sidiky, Zinzi Buchanan, Nina Ciemińska, Natasha Eves, Rae Jiang, Daniel Sean Kelly, Katya Krylova, Hannah Morris, Killian O’Dwyer, Imara Paterno Castello, Sasha Shestakova, Chara Stergiou, Berny Tan

© The Ocean As Archive class, 2018-19

Supported by the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London

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