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Episode 14, finds me in a busy coffee shop inside Somerset House, meeting artist and scholar Zeynep Bulut. We begin our conversation by unraveling Bulut’s multifaceted journey through art and research and we discuss her notion of the “skin voice”, cities, atmospheres, listening, truth and inner voices among other topics.
The episode will be aired on Tuesday 4th of November at 5pm on Resonance 104.4 FM (repeated on Friday Nov. 5th at 2am).
About Zeynep Bulut
Zeynep Bulut is currently a Lecturer in Music at King’s College London. She was a postdoctoral research fellow at the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry between 2011 and 2013. She received her Ph.D. in Critical Studies/Experimental Practices in Music from the University of California at San Diego in 2011. Prior to her doctoral education, she studied sociology (B.A.), opera, and visual arts (M.A.) in Istanbul, Turkey. Situated in the fields of voice, experimental music and sound studies, her work theorizes the physical and phenomenal emergence of the human voice and its role in the constitution of the self. Her broader research interests include historical epistemologies of hearing, anthropology of senses and affect, deaf performance and culture, and voice and speech disorders in the history of science and medicine. She is currently working on her book, entitled Skin-Voice: Contemporary Music Between Speech and Language. Her most recent publication, “Singing and a song: The Intimate Difference in Susan Philipsz’ Lowlands,” appeared in the volume Gestures of Music Theatre: The Performativity of Song and Dance (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014). Alongside her scholarly work, she has also exhibited sound works, and composed and performed vocal pieces for concert, video and theatre.
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On the occasion of his recent publication Austerlitz and After (Test Centre, 2013), the fourth edition of Sensing Cities invites British writer Iain Sinclair to talk about writing, histories, walking, coincidences, sound, book characters, urban ruins and his way of exploring and narrating the unknown in the city of London. Embarking from Sinclair’s favourite spot in Liverpool Street station where his search of Austerlitz takes place, we then spend some time in the basement of Bishopsgate Institute.
Tune in on June 5th at Resonance FM at 1pm to listen to our discussion.
About Iain Sinclair
Iain Sinclair has lived in (and written about) Hackney, East London, since 1969. His novels include Downriver (Winner of the James Tait Black Prize & the Encore Prize for the Year’s Best Second Novel), Radon Daughters, Landor’s Tower and, most recently, Dining on Stones (which was shortlisted for the Ondaatje prize). Non-fiction books, exploring the myth and matter of London, include Lights Out for the Territory, London Orbital and Edge of the Orison. In the ‘90s, Iain wrote and presented a number of films for BBC2’s Late Show and has, subsequently, co-directed with Chris Petit four documentaries for Channel 4; one of which, Asylum, won the short film prize at the Montreal Festival. He edited London, City of Disappearances, which was published in October 2006. Recently he has published Hackney,That Rose-Red Empire (2009) and Ghostmilk (2011).
Image courtesy of Daniela Cascella.
The second episode of Sensing Cities invites Italian writer Daniela Cascella to discuss her book “En Abîme” (Zer0 Books, 2012) and her notion of “writing sound”, a complex, self-ethnographic exploration into revisiting and narrating the inner landscape of past listening experiences.
Listen: Wednesday 22nd of May, 1pm, Resonance FM (repeated on Sunday 26th of May at 5:30 pm).
Daniela Cascella is a London-based Italian writer. Her research is focused on sound and listening. Her work explores Writing Sound in connection to voicing, memory, archives and the ephemeral, and the interplay between fiction and criticism. She is the author of En abîme: Listening, Reading, Writing. An Archival Fiction (Zer0 Books 2012).
* “En Abîme” (Zer0 Books, 2012) is one of my favourite discoveries of 2012. You can read my review for fluidradio here.
Viv Corringham / Image courtesy of the artist
The first episode of Sensing Cities invites sound artist, composer and vocalist Vivienne Corringham to discuss the processes behind her ongoing project entitled Shadow Walks, her thoughts on self and place, personal histories, traces, voice and her way of exploring and narrating the urban through singing, walking and listening.
Listen: Wednesday 15th of May, 1pm, Resonance FM.
Viv Corringham is a British sound artist, composer and vocalist now resident in the USA who has worked internationally since the early 1980s. She was awarded a McKnight Composer Fellowship in 2006 and 2012 through the American Composers Forum.
* Excerpts from the following “Shadow-walks” were featured in the episode: Maresia (2010), Slack Tide (2010), Hong-Kong (2013).
Sensing Cities is a series of informal conversations / interviews with artists and writers around the theme of the city, its many layers and narratives. These conversations will be broadcast on Resonance FM.
The first circle of the interviews is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, May 15th at 1 pm to 1:30 pm and will run until June 12th.