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Audio Connect ?
LOCUS SONUS audio in art

from the 3rd to the 5th of March 2009
École Supérieure d'Art d'Aix en Provence
MMSH - Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme

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Audio Connect ?

What are the stakes and consequences for artistic practice, arising from the multiplication of sonic interrelations between people and places ?

The pool of artistic experimentations related to "connected sonic spaces" is now such that an intersecting examination of the effects which they accommodate and the problems they raise becomes appropriate. We can approach this interrogation on three fronts :

a) How can we categorize these activities in order to have a reasoned measure of the movement or disruption they cause in relation to trends in contemporary audio creation ?

b) These experiments or explorations have in common the fact that they use sound as a medium to work on our "sense of place". By working on sound as a vector, by transporting it through different strata - virtual /presential - on the one side they create audio layers, until now unimaginable and on the other they plunge us into into all sorts of different surroundings. Through this convergence of audio ambiances, we encounter concordance or frictions which can teach us something of the spatial nature of sound and its role in the construction of our sense of location.

c) These practices are most often of a collective or communal nature. In one sense they are tied together by the adopted media in another they ceaselessly attempt to extract new possibilities from that media. This inventivity finds it source in the concerted effort to explore a system's possibilities. The invitation is to zoom in on digital fabrication in the artistic domain, paying particular attention to the question of the specificity of audio art within the panorama of these creative collaborations.


The symposium AUDIO CONNECT ?, organized by Locus Sonus and the LAMES CNRS sociology laboratory, will take place in Aix en Provence from the 3rd to the 5th of March 2009.

The schedule is as follows:
  • A half day in the amphitheater at l'Ecole Superieure d'Art d'Aix en Provence will be dedicated to presentations concerning the historical and contextual frameworks related to sound practices and networked music. These conferences will be followed by a short discussion.
  • A half day also in the amphitheater at l'Ecole Superieure d'Art d'Aix is set aside for demos and performances.
  • On Wednesday, two round table sessions of half a day will be held at LAMES where you are invited to present the current state of your research in relation to the themes of the symposium ("audiotopies" and "collective organizations"). Each round table participant will be invited to make a short presentation (maximum 20 minutes) this will be followed by a discussion moderated by Samuel Bordreuil and Jérôme Joy/Peter Sinclair.
  • The final day is reserved for 1/ a meeting concerning the european project Eu-phonic (morning) and 2/ the ANR project (afternoon for those concerned)

3rd to 5th March 2009

  TUESDAY 3 MARCH (École Supérieure d'Art d'Aix, amphi)    
11:00am Lectures :
Historical and contextual frameworks related to sound practices and networked music

11:15am Jérôme Joy
(Locus Sonus)
Networked Music & SoundArt Timeline   biography
pdf intro
11:45am Kazuhiro Jo
(CultureLab, Newcastle Univ.)
Current state of Digital Media, Culture Lab, Newcastle University   biography
pdf intro
2:30pm Peter Tomaz Dobrila
(KIBLA, Maribor)
Multimedia Center KIBLA (MMC KIBLA)    → biography
pdf intro
3:00pm Scott Fitzgerald
(Locus Sonus) (via Skype)
Collective Intelligence    → biography
pdf intro
3:30pm Pedro Rebelo
(SARC, Sonic Art Research Center, Belfast)
Addressing the Network:
Performative Strategies for Playing APART
pdf intro
5:30pm Performances/demos

Pedro Rebelo

Kazuhiro Jo
(École Supérieure d'Art d'Aix, amphi)

Netrooms : A Long Feedback
network performance
pdf intro

Lighting Wave / Colored Noise
generative instruments
pdf intro
  WEDNESDAY 4 MARCH (Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme, amphi)    
9:00am RoundTable : Audiotopies

Samuel Bordreuil (LAMES, CNRS, Univ. de Provence)

Jean-Paul Thibaud (CRESSON, Grenoble)

Gabriel Bérubé (Cresson, Grenoble)

Patrick Romieu (CRESSON, Grenoble)

Peter Sinclair (Locus Sonus)

Angus Carlyle (CRiSAP LCC, Univ. of the Arts London)

Une Dacia musicale

Les quasi-présences de l'écoute au casque

Diversion, une expérience sonore en espace public urbain

Le Mort en ses espaces sonores

LSinSL & New Atlantis : Locus Sonus exploring audio
possibilities of virtual spaces

Sounding the Place Out : Exploring Acoustic Environments

 → biography (Bordreuil)
pdf intro

 → biography (Thibaud)
pdf intro

 → biography (Bérubé)
pdf intro

 → biography (Romieu)
pdf intro

 → biography (Sinclair)
pdf intro

 → biography (Carlyle)
pdf intro
2:00pm Roundtable :
collective organizations

Alejo Duque (Locus Sonus)

Kazuhiro Jo (CultureLab, Newcastle Univ.)

Pedro Rebelo (SARC Belfast)

Alain Renaud (Univ. Of Bournemouth)

Pedro Soler (Le Hangar Barcelona)

Ragnar Helgi Olafsson (LORNA, Reykjavik)

Julien Clauss (Locus Sonus)

Locus Sonus as a research lab from the perspective
of the streambox development (FLOSS)

The Music One Participates:
From Practices of The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA

Connected Spaces and Acoustics Morphings

Neither Here Nor There

Toposone - performances de champ libre

 → biography (Duque)
pdf intro

 → biography (Jo)
pdf intro

 → biography (Rebelo)
pdf intro

 → biography (Renaud)
pdf intro

 → biography (Soler)
pdf intro

 → biography (Olafsson)
pdf intro

 → biography (Clauss)
pdf intro
5:00pm (end of the symposium)      
  THURSDAY 5 MARCH (Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme, amphi)    
10:00am EU-Phonic Project
Work session
(Locus Sonus, CRiSAP LCC London, CultureLab Newcastle, Le Hangar Barcelona, Kibla Maribor, LORNA Reykjavik, SARC Belfast, STEIM Amsterdam )    
2:00pm ANR Project
Art Sonore, Ambiances urbaines, prise de Place Publique

Work session
(Locus Sonus, LAMES CNRS Univ. de Provence, CRESSON Grenoble, Telecom Paristech / ENST Paris)    
    The symposium is semi-public. Thanks to subscribe and to send a message to d'Anne Roquigny

Video and audio documentations: Solange Grenna et Fabien Artal. English and French translations : Peter Sinclair.

map & contacts

Anne Roquigny: admin (at)      mob: +33 (0)6 62 11 04 54
Jérôme Joy: joy (at)      mob: +33 (0)6 81 25 98 16

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