Design: Paul Bernhard, Nam-Hee Ji, Raoul Audouin
Studium Generale Gerrit Rietveld Academie & Rietveld Uncut & de Brakke Grond present
VOICE ~ CREATURE OF TRANSITION
March 19 until March 23
A conference-festival with guest curators Lawrence Abu Hamdam, If I Can't Dance I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, Ruth Noack, Mark Beasley and an ongoing show with works by students of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy.
Opening March 19 from 19.00 pm - 22:00 pm
' […] the voice is elusive, always changing, becoming, elapsing, with unclear contours […] ' – Mladen Dolar in: A Voice And Nothing More (2006)
With the artistic research project VOICE ~ CREATURE OF TRANSITION the Rietveld Academie has invited it's students to investigate the potential for 'pleasure' and 'power' offered by the voice in the 21st century. Theory and practice will now come together in De Brakke Grond, a theater space in the heart of Amsterdam's old city center. An exhibition displaying the student's findings will frame a four-day symposium, convened and moderated by four guest curators who have each inaugurated a discursive and performative program of one day. You are most welcome to join them.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 19 (19:00 – 23:00)
The opening day
will feature unique interactive performances and presentations by
students of the Rietveld Academie. Analog
sound works, multimedia installations, opera and silent works will form
an ongoing setting for the conference. The show will feature more than
35 individual and collective contributions with group projects.
departments: Graphic Design, Fine Art, VAV, Inter-Architecture, TxT,
DesignLAB, Glass, Dogtime, Fashion, Image & Language, and
Photography department. Master class
outcomes from Circuit Bending the Voice (André Castro), A Voice and
Nothing More? (Clare Butcher) and Let’s Voice! Let’s Vote!(Quinsy Gario).
contributions by: Michelle Son, Marius Jopen, Flavia Evangelista,
Giuilia Crispiani, Alina Lupu & Vitya Glushchenko, Ina Porselius,
Mai-Loan Gaudez, Laura Grimm, Dovilė
Aleksandravičiūtė & Baha Görkem Yalim, Hortense Lauras, Marlena von
Wedel & Carina Erdmann, Alya Hessy, Jeroen Vermandere, Juan de
Porras-Isla, Niki Ulfstedt & Eva Bjarnadóttir, Shunyao Yu, Lieven
Lahaye, Hannah Timandra Kindler, Olle Stjerne & Karl Hedin,
Kateryna Snizhko,Wei Keong Tan, Anna Frijstein, Alina Ozerova, Sophie
Hardeman and Francesca Buratelli.
THURSDAY MARCH 20
The Right To Silence, curated and presented by Lawrence Abu Hamdan
A daylong exploration of how voices are both heard and silenced; listening itself will be interpreted in its many forms and affects, allowing us to understand both the frontiers of the voice and the tireless battle to govern and contain it.
With lectures, talks, screenings and performances by Noah Angell, Ali Kaviani (Silent University), Anna Kipervaser, Maha Mamoun and Haytham Al Wardany, Kobe Matthys (Agence), Niall Moore, James Parker and Tom Rice.
FRIDAY MARCH 21
Resonance and Transmission: from one voice to another, curated and presented by If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution
Taking as a starting point the idea that each voice has a 'uniqueness' — a concept proposed by the Italian philosopher and feminist thinker Adriana Cavarero — the day will consider questions across the guests' various interests and projects: how do voices resonate not only in their sound but also over time? How are they transmitted from one body to another? And how can and do we speak for someone else?
With lectures, talks, screenings and performances by Frédérique Bergholtz, Federica Bueti, Susan Gibb, Sharon Hayes, Alex Martinis Roe, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Francesco Ventrella and Camilla Wills.
SATURDAY MARCH 22
“Speak up, child!” – Voicing The Void Between Subjectivity And Subjection, curated and presented by Ruth Noack
Focused on children’s speech, this day of listening and responding to the voices inhabiting an in-between space generated by language will start out with Danica Dakić’s video projection Emily (2010), in which image and sound encounter each other in an uncanny alliance. Emily seems to be a willing subject in her own subjection to language, possibly because her command of language gives her a voice in the first place, thus granting her access to subjecthood.
With lectures, talks, screenings and perfrmances by May Adadol Ingawanij, Lina Campanella, Danica Dakić, Anna Daucikova, Luis Jacob, Yunjoo Kwak, Natascha Noack, Ruth Noack, Imogen Stidtworthy and Simon Wachsmuth.
SUNDAY MARCH 23
Must a Song always be a Song!, curated and presented by Mark Beasley
Must a Song presents four vocalists, performers and composers with unique histories and connections to vocal composition and Extended Vocal Technique, ranging from the popular to the avant-garde. The day will include listening sessions and talks connecting the vocal compositions of Luciano Berio with those of Whitney Houston and DJ Screw.
With the participation of Joan La Barbara, Gelsey Bell, Mark Beasley, Nicholas Bullen (Napalm Death, Scorn) and Sue Tompkins (Life Without Buildings).
VOICE ~ CREATURE OF TRANSITION will be brought to a close with the first public performance by the Grand Rietveld Choir, directed by composer Samuel Vriezen. More than a hundred first year students will demonstrate how their unique voices can form a vocal community.
Writer and performance artist Myriam van Imschoot and writer and critic Tom van Imschoot have been invited to each attend one conference day and to act as respondents to the works by the students in the context of VOICE ~ CREATURE OF TRANSITION. Their 'spoken reviews' will be presented live on Friday and on Saturday mornings respectively, prior to the conference program, both times at 11:00.