Brandon LaBelle

research interests: sound culture, voice studies, radical hosptiality, poetics
affiliation: The Art Academy – Department of Contemporary Art, Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, at University of Bergen

Brandon LaBelle is an artist, writer and theorist working with questions of social life and cultural agency, using sound, performance, text and sited constructions. Since 2011 he works as a Professor at The Art Academy – Department of Contemporary Art, University of Bergen, Norway. He is the leader of the NARP-funded project Social Acoustics: Communities in Movement (2019-2022). He develops and presents artistic projects and performances within a range of international contexts, often working in public and with others. This leads to interventions and performative installations, archival work, and micro-actions aimed at the sphere of the (un)common and the unlikely. He is also an active lecturer working with institutions around the world addressing questions of sond culture, sonic and spatial practices, the voice and the politics of listening. Current work focuses on citizen practices, sonic agency, and the aesthetics and politics of invisibility.




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  • The Imaginary Republic (01/07/2020)
    Publication: Publication, Errant Bodies Press with the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, University of Bergen, artist(s)/author(s): Brandon LaBelle
    The Imaginary Republic is an artistic research project focusing on questions of social practice. In particular, it considers the creative and restless imaginaries underpinning our political selves and argues for a deeper engagement with what Elena Loizidou terms the “dream-action”: the figurative and poetic staging of world making activity. The publication brings together participating artists Tatiana Fiodorova, Octavio Camargo / Brandon LaBelle, the Sala-Manca Group, and Joulia Strauss, whose practices engage with situations of struggle and autonomous cultures through a range of methods and approaches. From social fictioning to camouflaged interventions, collaborative pedagogies to gestures of care, their works propose unlikely paths of mutuality. The publication includes documentation of an exhibition held at Kunsthall 3,14 in Bergen, as well as key essays and works by theorists and artists Gerald Raunig, Rhiannon Firth, Hélène Frichot, Marysia Lewandowska, Raimar Stange with Oliver Ressler, and Manuela Zechner.
  • The Other Citizen (02/08/2020)
    Publication: Publication, Errant Bodies Press, artist(s)/author(s): Brandon LaBelle
    The Other Citizen tracks the hopes and losses, struggles and utopian desires of what the author terms “the floating subjects” of contemporary life. Drawing upon traditions of socially engaged poetics, the work takes aim at the heart of contemporary crisis and exclusionary politics by paying homage to the creative solidarities and pirate imaginaries spanning the globe. Through ten acts, we are led into narratives of friendship and survival, threadbare endurance and tender resistance. From lost teenagers struggling in the maze of neoliberalism to secret gatherings of artistic bandits to those caught in between the borders of nation-states, these emerge as frontiers of invention that, when stitched together, outline the force of an anarchic citizenry. The Other Citizen is a challenging and moving call for exiting the new norm of crisis.