Online Conference: Artistic Knowledge and the Sonic

07.11.2020 // 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an online conference featuring discussions between INHABIT’s resident artists and internationally recognized scholars representing a range of disciplinary perspectives. Together with Holger Schulze (musicologist, University of Copenhagen, Denmark), Marie-France Rafael (art historian, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Switzerland), and Marie Thompson (sound researcher, Open University, UK), the artists will discuss their respective practices and approaches along with more theoretical and field-related questions. How do their works—in the form of installations, performances, sculptures, and drawings—navigate between art and science? These and other questions will serve as entry points for this exploration on the possibilities of artistic knowledge. For the final discussion moderated by Eike Walkenhorst and Christian Grüny, neuroscientist Ed Vessel (MPI for empirical aesthetics, Frankfurt) will join the participants.

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11.00 - 11.15 a.m.
Welcome & Introduction

 Christian Grüny & Eike Walkenhorst
11.15 a.m. - 12.15 p.m.​​
Forms of Precision, forms of Imprecision:
How to investigate psycho-acoustic phenomena as artistic research?
A Conversation Between Holger Schulze and Alexander Brix Tillegreen

This conversation between a sound artist and an anthropologist of sound takes as its point of departure Alexander Tillegreen’s most recent body of work and its relation and approach to research. These explorations will touch on the manifold connections between the visual, the sculptural, and the auditory in his work, as well as notions of listening and attention, identity, memory, and the reactive fluidity of the subconscious. Tillegreen’s and Schulze’s combined artistic and scholarly inquiry will then lead to more focused questions regarding the tensions, detours, and insights that emerge out of actual confrontations and interdisciplinary collaborations between artistic and scientific practices—whether in the laboratory, in a gallery, or in the pages of an academic journal or handbook.

12.15 - 1.15 p.m.
Noise, Distortion, Perceptibility
– A Conversation Between Marie Thompson and Pedro Oliveira

Marie Thompson and Pedro Oliveira will discuss the many convergences of sound and power, with a particular focus on the perceptibility, legibility, and detectability of the human voice. Starting from Thompson’s thesis about noise and affect as well as Oliveira’s work on spectralization and distortion, their conversation will seek to map out the interplay between Oliveira’s artistic work as presented in the exhibition at basis and current discourses in sound studies involving a decolonizing, feminist perspective on listening.

1.15. - 2.15 p.m.
2.15 - 2.30 p.m.
Performance Documentation: Hanabi-Fu by Lea Letzel

2.30 - 3.30 p.m.
Notation and Display
A conversation Between Marie-France Rafael und Lea Letzel

Media artist Lea Letzel creates performative works that explore the boundaries of contemporary art and music, operating at the interfaces of sound, music, media art, dance, and space. Her ongoing examination of how notations are presented in exhibition spaces is the starting point of this conversation with art historian Marie-France Rafael, whose research focuses on artistic displays. The artistic situations that Letzel’s works create provide an opportunity to discuss the aesthetic function(s) of their forms of presentation, as exhibition and performance. The concept of the artistic display, which in terms of exhibition and visual art does not simply serve the arrangement or installation of objects, but is itself to be understood as an artistic mode of presentation, will be explored as an artistic strategy based on Letzel’s work.

3.30 - 5.00 p.m.
Final Discussion
All participants + Edward A. Vessel (MPIAE, Department of Neuroscience)
   Moderation: Christian Grüny and Eike Walkenhorst




05.11.– 22.11.2020

INHABITING basis is the first collaboration between the Max Planck Institute and basis e.V. for a joint exhibition.

More details here.