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Auditoriums Internet / Internet Auditoriums
LOCUS SONUS audio in art
LAMES MMSH Sociology Research Lab - University of Provence

24 & 25 march 2012
9am to 6pm

École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Nantes
-- (School of Architecture of Nantes)

24 march 2012
9pm, free entrance

Le Lieu Unique
in collaboration with LOCUS SOLUS, Rare music & Invented instruments
on the 17th and 18th of March, 2012, website.

ensa école nationale supérieure d'architecture nantes / school of architecture nantes
lieu unique
école supérieure d'art d'aix en provence / school of arts aix en provence
école nationale supérieure d'art de bourges / school of arts bourges
lames laboratoire de sociologie mmsh cnrs umr 7305 université de provence / sociology research lab university of provence
accord-cadre cnrs / ministère de la culture / cnrs research agency & french ministry of culture
ministère de la culture et de la communication / french ministry of culture

en partenariat avec
université laval québec / laval university quebec
crisap creative research into soundart practices, lcc, university of the arts london (uk)
rpi rensselaer polytechnic institute university of troy ny (usa)
saic school of the art institute of chicago (usa)
deutschlandradio kultur klangkunst berlin (all)
emerge experimental media research group bournemouth university (uk)

eso espaces et sociétés cnrs université de nantes / geography research lab spaces & societies university of nantes
gersa groupe d'étude et de recherche scénologique en architecture ensa nantes / research group on theater & architecture studies
laua langages actions urbaines altérités ensa nantes / research group on languages, urban actions & othernesses
apo33 nantes

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     maps & contacts 
page 2 & 3 & 4
     Ximena Alarcón 
     Philippe Bataille 
     Samuel Bordreuil 
     Anne Bossé 
     Béatrice Chaudet 
     Julien Clauss 
     Stéphane Cousot 
     Stéphane Doré 
     Alejo Duque 
     Bill Fontana 
     Marcus Gammel 
     Peter Gena 
     Claire Guiu 
     Jérôme Joy 
     Anne Laforet 
     Grégoire Lauvin 
     Anselm Nehls 
     Katrin Moll 
     Pauline Oliveros 
     Julien Ottavi 
     Anthony Pecqueux 
     Marilou Polymeropoulou 
     Jean-Paul Ponthot 
     Alain Renaud 
     Anne Roquigny 
     Matthieu Saladin 
     Mariateresa Sartori 
     Peter Sinclair 
     Bruno Suner 
     Kasper T. Toeplitz 
     Laurent La Torpille 


Alejo Duque

Rarae Aves -

Abstract :
Galileo destroyed geocentricism, but it got reconstructed by the unstoppable ambition for connectivity, command and control represented today by the 'saturnesque' ring of artificial geostationary satellites and space junk. And so the Earth became –once again– an immobile object in the centre of a medial universe.
An exercise inside the imperceptible realm of the waves of radioelectric frequencies. To spot and listen both geosynchronous and low elevation orbiters. To locate and observe, like the ornitologist, guided by sound and spectral analysis those victorian age technologies. As backdrop a soundscape captured with a VLF (Very Low Frequency) receiver to allow the listening pleasure of natural radio phenomena (+EMF contamination). With the intention of regaining access and control over free information infrastructures we take on a critical stand to reflect on the hegemonial manipulation articulated by the way of systems operating via tele-technologies. From war machine drones to the familiar tv set, in our particular case, we will concentrate on so called Satellites. To listen to them while they scan and transmit. To watch them while they measure. But most importantly to reconsider, rethink and reclaim their use. Be this a call to electronic civil disobedience, culture jamming or noise. We start at dusk by deploying UHF and S-band satcom antennas. Pointing at articular Azimuth and Elevation crossings so to catch them as the ornithologist do, by ear.
As we perform, we revisit the text of a forgotten 'love letter', one of those that never got to it's destination/address. Agambenian sensadestinazione. Signed by 8 equatorial countries in 1976 and called: The Bogota Declaration.

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Alejandro Duque (Switzerland-Colombia) is an artist and a current PhD candidate at the European Graduate School ( in Switzerland with research entitled: Gifted Malice, Kinship Through the Wires and the Waves. Alejo dedicates his free/libre time to experiencing all possible ways for collaborative/participatory arts that celebrate cultural agitation across all possible networks. His current interests deal with sound transmissions over HAM radio, streaming media and satellite listening (and spotting). Active member of networks such as Bricolabs, dorkbot, labSurlab and [k.0_lab] and is easy to find on the IRC freenode network @dspstv. He's member of Locus Sonus since 2008.

Alejandro Duque est un artiste colombien diplômé de l'École d'Art de Medellin en Colombie. Il est actuellement doctorant en thèse de Philosophie de la Communication en Suisse à l'EGS (European Graduate School, Switzerland) et membre du laboratoire Locus Sonus. Sa recherche traite du piratage et de la manière dont les idées sont pillées sur les réseaux (sociaux, internet..) et comment des concepts de communautés marginales sont détournées et confrontées aux philosophies du monde occidental.

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