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Event Archive - SIGNAL & NOISE X | TAPPING THE ELECTROMAGNETIC IMAGINARY: Spencer Davis, empress, Ian William Craig

Sat. May 29th 2010 VIVO Media Arts Centre (All Ages)
7pm - 9pm doors at 6:30pm
$10.00 at the door only.
In his 1999 essay “Recording Angels” Erik Davis "re-imagine[s] the scrambled boundaries of subjectivity as it makes its way through the invisible landscapes, both dreadful and sublime, that make up the acoustic space of electronic media." He coined this interstitial space the electromagnetic imaginary. It is the ambiguous realm between what is human and post-human, what is natural and un-natural, and what are architectures and social relationships. When our voices are dispersed via mediated mechanics they become ghosts of our fragmented selves. Tapping this electromagnetic imaginary becomes an act akin to a séance or meditative prayer in which we attune our attention to voices from the other side of the veil.

Hee Won Navi Lee culls digital transmissions from the living city to reveal its infinite expansion and contraction. Interference and architecture are further explored in Spencer Davis's sonic entropy and Félix Dufour-Laperrière’s geometric mapping. Heidi Phillips resurrects the aura of the holy relic of found film, while Empress amplifies the intersubjectivity of the material object. Ian William Craig navigates his voice in enfolded time, trapping and unlocking it within magnetic tape.

Hee Won Navi Lee, Phone Tapping | 2009 | 11mins | DV | France
Spencer Davis, Nervous Operator | 2010 | 15min | Sound Performance | Canada
Félix Dufour-Laperrière, M | 2009 | 8min | DV | Canada
Heidi Phillips, Revival | 2009 | 8min | DV | Canada
Empress, Perpetual Music for Small Motors and Percussion | 2010 | 15min | Sound Performance | Canada
Patrick Ward, Reception | 2004 | 5min | DV | UK
Ian William Craig, Because it Speaks of Nothing Speaking Everywhere | 2010 | 15min | Sound Performance | Canada


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