Points of Listening presents,
PoL # 42 Street Hassle: A Listening Session with London and Los Angeles
Wednesday 30th May | Time: 19:00 – 21.00 | Free / donations to IKLECTIK on the door
To reserve your place please RSVP s.voegelin@
Members of the international sound art collective Ultra-red will facilitate a listening session for community members, activists, artists, students, and the general public. The session will feature a series of short soundscape/electroacoustic compositions based on street life and activism in London and Los Angeles. The compositions are made from field recordings related to political struggles in Los Angeles in London. A theme of the session is an investigation into how urban residents listen critically to the contradictions of the neoliberal city, which proliferates displacement, social cleansing, and criminalization of the poor. This session invites the audience into the themes of active listening. Ultra-red will share with participants how the collective has used the recordings in our own political contexts, followed by an open dialogue with the audience.
Ultra-red is an international sound art collective with research teams based in Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, and across the U.K. Founded in 1994 by two AIDS activists, Ultra-red develop and test listening protocols in the context of political movements.
Chris Jones first collaborated with Ultra-red for THE CARDEW OBJECT and RE:ASSEMBLY Civis Sum investigations in 2009. From 2010-2011 he worked extensively on the WHAT IS THE SOUND OF COMMUNITY ACTION? project in Dundee and WHAT IS THE SOUND OF THE BORDER? in Glasgow, Scotland along with Elliot Perkins. Jones is a founding collective member of the long-term radical social centre and archive 56a Infoshop in London and a writer and researcher within the Southwark Notes anti-gentrification website and active research group.
Dont Rhine is a sound artist and popular educator. He is a founding member of Ultra-red. Dont is based in Los Angeles where he serves on the advisory board of the needle exchange program, L.A. Community Health Project. He is a member of the anti-gentrification research collective, School of Echoes Los Angeles, and he organizes with the tenants’ movement, L.A. Tenants Union. Dont is a part-time instructor at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
PoL is a monthly programme of experimental workshops, activities and discussions based in and around London. Events are open to the public and held at London College of Communication in addition to various locations, outdoors and indoors, throughout the city.
PoL seeks to promote and investigate listening together: to perform a ‘musica practica’ of listening across disciplines. It is an expanded and nomadic arena for practice and research that facilitates experimental scenarios with a participatory and performative emphasis.