Call & Response

Annie Goh

We are delighted to be hosting artist Annie Goh who will in residence in July and August.

Project title: GenDyTrouble: Cyber*Feminist Computer Music

Co-sponsor of the residency: CHASE (Consortium for the Humanities and Arts South-East England)

Role: sound artist/sound practitioner in further development of the project “GenDyTrouble: Cyber*Feminist Computer Music” and its multi-channel performance.

Project information:

GenDyTrouble: Cyber*Feminist Computer Music is a sound-art project and performance with multi-channel capability. It draws on the common etymological ground between generative art/music and gender (Latin: genus, generis, generare, Greek: genos, gonos) to perform a symbolic collision between Iannis Xenakis' "Génération Dynamique Stochastique" approach to waveform synthesis (shortened to "GenDy") and Judith Butler's foundational work of queer-feminist theory "Gender Trouble." It seeks to interrogate the socio-political implications of “natural” and “unnatural” sounds in the history of electronic music and asks whether, and under what conditions generative processes can be considered sources of emancipatory potential. The piece is made up of several parts and draws together theoretical impetuses from cyberfeminism and algorithmic composition.

Initially conceived for and performed at Sexing Sound, Chicago (October 2015) upon invitation of Goethe Institute USA, the theoretical underpinnings of the piece were described in the artist-authored article "GenDyTrouble: Cyber*Feminist Computer Music" published in n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal SOUND?NOISE!VOICE! (vol 37, Jan 2016) pp78-82. The project was further developed during a residency at Studio XX, Montreal (April 2018), and will be performed at Critical Media In The Arts, University of Birmingham (June 2018). The two-month artist residency at Call & Response is intended for intensive work on the multi-channel spatialisation of the piece as well as further development of new material and experimentation with performance interfaces. The sound performance is situated within the larger project of Sonic Cyberfeminisms initiated by Annie Goh and Marie Thompson in 2015 (http://soniccyberfeminisms.wordpress.com/).

Biography:

Annie Goh is an artist and researcher working primarily with sound, space, electronic media and generative processes within their social and cultural contexts. Exhibitions, performances and residencies include Studio XX (Montreal, Canada), Parabol, (Bergen, NO), Sexing Sound (Chicago, US), Inside-Out Art Museum (Beijing, CN), Höhlenmediale (Wendelstein, DE), White Building (London, UK), Arthackday at LEAP and transmediale (Berlin, DE) and Tokyo Wonder Site (Tokyo, JP). Recent publications in Parallax, n.paradoxa: feminist art journal & Flusseriana: An Intellectual Toolbox. She has co-curated the discourse program of CTM Festival Berlin since 2013 and is currently undertaking a PhD on echo and archaeoacoustics at Goldsmiths University of London as a Professor Stuart Hall PhD fellow and funded by CHASE/AHRC.

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