Category Archives: Performance

Sound Thought @ The CCA

This week in the Glasgow CCA is Sound Thought – the University of Glasgow’s annual postgraduate sonic arts festival.

Through a series of concerts, screenings, performances, discussions and workshops, the three-day festival will show how research and practice from a range of sound and music disciplines communicate across artistic canons.

DDS PhD student Jessica Argo and tutor Ronan Breslin both have works that will be performed as part of the festival, this Thursday evening.

Jessica will be presenting a paper and providing samples of Soundscapes used in her research: “Immersive Soundscapes to elicit Anxiety in Exposure Therapy: Physical Desensitization and Psychological Catharsis

Jessica will present physiological data analysis from her experiments, to reveal the most powerful and consistent anxiety-triggering sounds. Questionnaire responses also offer insight into participants’ emotional involvement and reactions.

Ronan’s work goes under the title “Adolescent Nuclear Angst…Or how I Learned to Stick My Head Between my Knees“.

Ronan notes:

As a child of the late 70’s and early 80’s my abiding memory was of the malevolent spectre of nuclear annihilation. Ronald Reagan was elected US president promising to confront an “evil empire” and in my school playground we fretted about the latest scare-mongering TV documentary or drama depicting the imminent apocalypse.  The Soviet Union was the evil bogeyman waiting in the woods; not witches, demons or monsters.  After watching one particular film “Threads”, a 10-year old me recalls asking my all-knowing, military-trained, strong and protective dad what we would do if there was a nuclear war. “Stick our heads between our knees and kiss our arses’ goodbye” was his glib reply.

This AV piece will have resonance as a warning from the past as well as offering me a chance for me to finally get payback on my dad for his inconsiderate flippancy.

The full programme is available here. All events are free, but registration is required.

 

Mixing Things Up with Audio-Visual Performance Night

On September 15th, the graduating DDS MDes Sound for the Moving Image students hosted an evening of synaesthetic artworks fusing visual experimentation with sonic art.  Included in the performances were works from Toby RidlerSaint-LaurentCracked Hands, and Grim Lusk, with live visuals mixed by Saint-Laurent.

Cracked Hands (Rachel Grant)
Cracked Hands (Rachel Grant) Playing at the MDes Sound for the Moving Image graduate show
 A great evening with a good turnout and some unique and talented performances, and we hope everyone enjoyed the show as much as we did.

'Enheduanna – A Manifesto of Falling'

World Premiere of the first Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance

CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, UK | Thu 30 – Fri 31 July 2015 | 8.00pm
Ages 18+

Polina Zioga and the Digital Design Studio (DDS) of The Glasgow School of Art present ’Enheduanna – A Manifesto of Falling’, a new innovative performance, with actress Anastasia Katsinavaki, and composer Minas Borboudakis.

This international production is the result of Polina Zioga’s doctoral research on brain-computer interfaces that provide the brain with a non-muscular channel for communicating with the external world. The real-time brain-activity of a performer and the audience controls the live audio-visual projections and the atmosphere of the theatrical stage, which functions as an allegory of the social stage.

The performance explores the life and work of Enheduanna (ca. 2285-2250 B.C.E.), an Akkadian Princess, the first documented High Priestess of the deity of the Moon Nanna in the city of Ur (present-day Iraq), who is regarded as possibly the first known author and poet in the history of human civilisation, regardless of gender.

In her most known work, ‘The Exaltation of Inanna’, Enheduanna describes the political conditions under which she was removed from high office and sent into exile. She speaks about the ‘city’, power, crisis, falling, and the need for rehabilitation. Her poetry is used as a starting point for a conversation with the work of contemporary writers that investigate the notions of citizenry, personal and social illness, within the present-day international, social and political context of democracy.

The project has been realised in the GSA Digital Design Studio, in collaboration with the School of Psychology of the University of Glasgow, the School of Art, Design and Architecture of the University of Huddersfield, and with the support of the NEON Organization, CCA, MyndPlay and the GSA Students’ Association.

Performed in English, Greek, and French with English supertitles.
Please be aware of that the event will be filmed.

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