The Expanded Analogue: Re-Thinking the Analogue through Technology, Art, and Philosophy
Kingston University and the Wilkinson Gallery, London
DATE: June 29th 2017, 11am-6pm
VENUE: Wilkinson Gallery, 50-58 Vyner Street , London E2 9DQ
On June 29th Kingston University, London, in conjunction with the Wilkinson Gallery, will host a day of talks, performances, and workshop activity exploring extended and expanded notions of ‘the analogue’.
What does it mean to think analogically rather than thinking digitally? Through the body? Through a continuous, actual, material presence? Or are such oppositions – between mind and body, virtual and actual – the product of a false characterisation of both ‘the analogue’ and ‘the digital’? If we are living in the ‘age of the digital’, then what does it mean to live within ‘the analogue’, and what might it mean to exist within ‘the post-digital’? This is the programme for The Expanded Analogue – a combination of talks, performances and workshop activity that invites us to re-think the analogue in expanded form, beyond zeros and ones, beyond the binary. The Expanded Analogue challenges the opposition of digital, analogue, and virtual, and promises to provoke dialogue around the very possibility of ‘digital culture’: it asks what a non-oppositional, expanded analogue culture might look like for the development of technology, thought, art and practice. The programme will question the hierarchy of values ascribed to ‘the digital’ and ‘the analogue’, prompting us to re-think the analogue in relation to everyday activity – human and nonhuman – objects and events, aesthetics and politics.
The day-long programme will revolve around three workshops, lead by artist Tess Denman-Cleaver, which invite people to experiment with analogue projectors, radios and typewriters, and consider how these technologies influence the thinking processes they support and the dynamics of artworks created with them. Workshop activity will be interspersed with talks from John Ó Maoilearca and Scott Wilson, a performance by the Colin Fallows Ensemble, and discussion on all things analogue: from experiments with specific examples of analogue technology to explorations of conceptually expanded notions of the analogue beyond the usual stereotypes of linear, continuous, or embodied thinking.
Tess Denman-Cleaver’s workshop sessions will be informed by her interest in the role that technological developments have played in shaping cultural and philosophical movements of the Twentieth Century; in particular how characteristic features of the modernist period – T.S. Eliot’s fragmented voices or Virginia Woolf’s parentheses – can be read in relation to the radios, typewriters and telegrams that became regular features of the everyday during this period. Over the course of the day you will be invited to build analogue landscapes using FM radios, dismantle and reconstruct analogue and digital projectors, and experiment with the ways that various writing technologies affect the form and style of writing, as well as shape the thought processes that emerge in relation to them.
Author of All Thoughts Are Equal: Laruelle and Nonhuman Philosophy (2015), John Ó Maoilearca, will speak about the neo-analogical, ‘flat’ practices (or ‘non-philosophy’) of François Laruelle; Scott Wilson, author of Stop Making Sense: Music from the Perspective of the Real, will give a talk on Lyotard’s essay ‘Can Thought Go On Without A Body?’ and the use of digital and analogue recording technology in Scott Walker’s album Bish Bosch. And to end the day, the Colin Fallows Ensemble will create a bespoke sonic environment within the architectural structure of the Wilkinson’s gallery space.
Tess Denman-Cleaver is an artist and researcher based in Newcastle upon Tyne. She is Artistic Director of Tender Buttons performance company, Programmer at The Northern Charter, and a PhD candidate at Newcastle University, where her research focuses on Landscape Performance. Her current work incorporates performative studies of modernist literature, and includes working as Project Artist for Turner Contemporary’s forthcoming Journeys with The Waste Land exhibition and the development of a new body of work in relation to the philosophy and landscapes of Virginia Woolf’s novels. Websites: tenderbuttons.co.uk <http://tenderbuttons.co.uk/> | thenortherncharter.org <http://thenortherncharter.org/>
John Ó Maoilearca is Professor of Film at Kingston School of Art, London. He has also taught philosophy and film theory at the University of Sunderland, England and the University of Dundee, Scotland. He has published ten books, including (as author) Bergson and Philosophy(2000), Post-Continental Philosophy: An Outline (2006), Philosophy and the Moving Image: Refractions of Reality (2010), and (as editor) The Bloomsbury Companion to Continental Philosophy (2013).
Scott Wilson is Professor in Media and Cultural Studies in the School of Humanities at Kingston University, London. His most recent books are: Stop Making Sense: Music from the Perspective of the Real (2015); The Order of Joy: Beyond the Cultural Politics of Enjoyment (2008) and Great Satan’s Rage: American negativity and rap/metal in the age of supercapitalism (2008). He is co-editor (with Michael Dillon) of the Journal for Cultural Research (Taylor & Francis) and co-editor (with Fred Botting) of The Bataille Reader (Blackwell).
The Colin Fallows Ensemble is an electric guitar quartet dedicated to the performance of multi-layered soundworks, dense with microtones which generate numerous overtones through bespoke tuning to resonant performance spaces. The ensemble performances combine the precision and clarity of a string quartet with the locomotive power of a noise-machine orchestra. The members of the ensemble are Colin Fallows, Bee Hughes, Libby Lawrie and Eva Petersen.
Workshop 1: 11.30am-12.30pm
Talk: John Ó Maoilearca: 12.30-1.15pm
‘The smooth, the flat, the level: On the (in)equalities of the analogical’
Workshop 2: 2.15-3.15pm
Talk: Scott Wilson: 3.15-4pm
‘Voice, hiss, silence (there is no digital culture)’
Workshop 3: 4.15-5.15pm
Performance: Colin Fallows Ensemble: 5.15-6pm
FOR MORE INFORMATION email: John Ó Maoilearca at email@example.com
Dr. Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca
Reader in Theatre & Performance
Director, Centre for Performance Philosophy
Department of Acting and Performance, GSA
University of Surrey