VOICE and the UNKNOWN


an artistic research symposium

Inter Arts Center,

Malmö / Lund University

28-30 January 2019

 

Organisers: Elisabeth Belgrano, Felicia Konrad,

Nordic Network for Vocal Performance Research

Participants: Lisa Nyberg, Björn Ross, Misha Penton

 

 

The aim of this artistic research symposium is to allow for VOICE to act as a guide into the UKNOWN. Through an entangled mish-mash of intra-active events (performances, installations, workshop and seminars) participants will be invited to explore the potential power of VOICE and its impact on the UNKNOWN or ’that-which-is-yet-to-be-known’. In 17th century Venetian academic circles VOICE was considered to be a symbol of NOTHINGNESS (Calcagno 2003). VOICE was also the primary tool in the creation of the opera genre (Belgrano 2011). Questions driving the event include: how can we understand VOICE in contemporary every day performances, based on both sensuous and intellectual knowledge? What specific vocal features will emerge if we allow VOICE to be the guide into the UNKNOWN aspects of life and living? The symposium will be staged as the first one out of three events, allowing for the project to eventually grow into an international platform for Vocal Performance Philosophy, based at IAC. This first event is a seed highlighting the significance of the theme; the second event will be presented as an intra-active performance-workshop; the final event will be organised as an international symposia.


The symposium is curated by

Nordic Network for Vocal Performance Research

Nordic Network for Early Opera,as well as the

Research Network for Performance Philosophy.

Call for presentations:


Nordic Network for Vocal Performance Research

are inviting researchers with a special interest in vocal performance to present their research for fellow peers.  One may address the theme of the symposium (VOICE and the UNKNOWN) but any other topic relevant to field of vocal performace research will be of interest.


Submission should include:

- a title and format of your choice
- name, address, email contact information, institutional affiliations (if any)
- a 250-words abstract/outline
- a 100-words biography
- a specification of technical requirements. Please be aware that particularly
complex technical/facilities requirements may not be able to be met by the
conference.


Deadline: 15 December

Submit to: elibelgrano@mac.com


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GLORIES TO NOTHINGNESS

Performance-Installation + discussion

(Red Room)

Elisabeth Belgrano & Björn Ross

Inter Arts Center, Lund Univ. /

Nordic Network for Early Opera

Pedagogies of the Unknown

17:00-17:45

Lisa Nyberg, Academy of Fina Arts Vienna

(Performance-lecture)

28 January

13:00-14:00

BROWN BAG LUNCH

PERFORMANCE- INSTALLATION

(Caféet)

20:00-20:45

Léçons de Ténèbres

Elisabeth Belgrano

Inter Arts Center, Lund Univ./

Nordic Network for Vocal Performance Research

14:30-16:30

Performance-presentations continues...


29 January

17:00-17:45

Visible Darkness

- a work in progress

PERFORMANCE/INSTALLATION

incl. open discussion

(Red room)

Misha Penton, Bath Spa University

09:00-12:30

Performance-

presentations


14:30-15:30

NORDIC NETWORK for VOCAL PERFORMANCE RESEARCH

Meeting


9:30-11:00

SWEPT AWAY

Voice Meditation-Installation / WORKSHOP

(Black room)

Felicia Konrad, Inter Arts Center, Lund Univ.

 

30 January

11:15-12:30

Thinking through voicing

- a concluding discussion

13.00:-14:00

BROWN BAG  LUNCH

Summary

(Caféet)

Pedagogies of the Unknown (Lisa Nyberg) 

 

 

In this presentation, Lisa Nyberg will share some thoughts on her PhD project “Pedagogies of the Unknown” and also treat you to a short guided meditation. 

In her research she is looking for pedagogies that can engage with the future in times if crisis. In light of anthropogenic climate change, a global environmental crisis, and its destabilizing impact on social and economic systems, there is an urgency to examine the relation between pedagogy and an unsettling future. How could a pedagogy look like that is open to not knowing, to contingency and change? 

 

At the center of her project is a performance practice that explores the format of guided meditations, drawing from lecture performance and meditation as a quotidian and creative practice. The guided meditations combine traditional elements with interventions that disrupts the anticipated trajectory, allowing for an unsettled  storytelling, with the aim of examining how an embodied pedagogy can engage the participants in imagining otherwise. 

 

Simultaneously, the project raises a critique of Western constructs of utopia as the dominant form of imagining otherwise, by looking to feminist and decolonial theory that resists utopian fatalism and claims to universality. The aim is to make a critical shift from utopia towards a constantly changing and undetermined future – the unknown.

Visible Darkness - a  work in progress  (Misha Penton)

SWEPT AWAY (Felicia Konrad)

To be swept away by the power of the Voice is going to be created especially for this occasion. It will be kind of a story, and a meditation instruction for Voice.

(Voice Meditation-Installation)

LET THE VOICE LEAD (Felicia Konrad)

 

This workshop is aiming at creating possibilities for allowing VOICE to lead into the UNKNOWN. Explorations include focused deep listening departing from Pauline Oliveros Deep Listening (2005); vocal experimentation with resonance, silence and vibration, departing from the different chakra points.

 

In our contemporary culture, there is generally a lack of focus on the human voice in an extended timeframe, as well as on the desire of vocal expression.  The intention of this workshop is to open up for an intimate and wondrous adventure into the flow of vocality through improvisation and listening.

(Workshop)