The Sonic Agent
Book launch > Brandon LaBelle: Sonic Agency - Sound and Emergent Forms of Resistance
+ Live performance by artist Maia Urstad
Monday 16 April 19.00
Free, all welcome
The event will be led in English
What modes of resistance might be nurtured by way of sonic practices? Are there expressions of sounded subjectivity that may support new formations of coming together and in support of emancipatory struggles?
Published by Goldsmiths Press, London, LaBelle's new publication 'Sonic Agency' sets out to engage the contemporary conditions of social and political crisis through sonic thought and imagination. Through dividing sound’s functions into four figures of resistance - the invisible, the overheard, the itinerant, and the weak - LaBelle argues for their role in creating alternative 'unlikely publics' in which to foster the conditions for political action and survival.
Artist Maia Urstad will give a live performance on the night.
For more information: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/sonic-agency
Brandon LaBelle is an artist, writer and theorist working with sound culture, voice, and questions of agency. He develops and presents artistic projects and performances within a range of international contexts, often working collaboratively and in public. Recent works include “The Ungovernable”, Documenta 14, Athens (2017), “The Night Birds (take back the city)”, La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona (2017), and “The Living School”, South London Gallery (2016). He is professor at the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, UiB, Bergen.
Maia Urstad is working at the intersection of audio and visual art – primarily with site specific sound installations. She was educated at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts and also has a background in rock music. In 2017, she was appointed as City Sound Artist of Bonn 2017, and is throughout 2018 exhibiting Time-Tone-Passages – a 40-channel site specific sound installation based on material from the radio archive of Deutsche Welle. Technological progress and communications technology are pervasive themes in many of Maia’s projects, and she frequently uses radio as a key audio, visual and conceptual element, commenting on the temporary nature of present technology, and what traces and stories we leave behind when new inventions enter our daily lives.