Introduction to AMOENUS by Christian Duka

Christian Duka, sound artist and founder of immersive art organisation “AMOENUS”, will survey past projects carried out at IKLECTIK in and around the use of immersive audio in the arts. During the presentation, excerpts of ambisonics recordings of previous events will be played back on an 11.4 speaker array, set up around the garden for the occasion.

Building Communities: Music & Mental health

Moderators: TBA
Speakers: TBA

In a post-pandemic context, new modes of engagement have been introduced. With these come new challenges, especially for artists. While some are undoubtedly beneficial and aid artists, other variables such as increased workload and competition, a lack of a connection during the lockdown and a heavier focus on social networking — have scarred many creatives, forcing them to question their place and their own well-being in relation to larger creative communities.

This panel discussion focuses on the aftermath of lockdowns, experiences of being an artist in this age, our understanding of concepts such ‘belonging’, the mental-health related effects of newer ways of coming together [such as Discord, Zoom, etc]. We look to explore how we can emerge from a historic period with better modes of operations that build upon already established systems, creating more caring communities that are beneficial to artists at an ‘individual’ level.

The Oram Awards Panel

Moderators: Karen Sutton
Speakers: Vivienne Griffin, Poulomi Desai, Shelly Knotts & Lou Barnell

On The Oram Awards panel, Karen Sutton will be speaking to four previous Oram Award winning artists – Lou Barnell, Poulomi Desai, Shelly Knotts & Vivienne Griffin – about their creative practises and experiences. In addition she will explain more about The Oram Awards program and Daphne Oram – a pioneering electronic composer, inventor of the Oramics Machine and co‑founder of the highly influential BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Karen Sutton
Karen is the lead producer of The Oram Awards. She has worked in independent electronic music for over 20 years as a label manager, agent & producer. Karen is also the music business and finance manager for Accidental Ltd – a production team bringing innovation in sound and music to film, TV, theatre, products and events as well as a family of record labels under the creative directorship of composer Matthew Herbert.

The Wire presents Across The Great Divide
SUNDAY 10 JULY, 16:00

Moderator: Chris Bohn
Speakers: Clive Bell and Leah Kardos

Chaired by The Wire’s Chris Bohn and featuring regular contributors Clive Bell and Leah Kardos, Across The Great Divide is a panel discussion examining any conflicting interests in underground, outsider and experimental music culture when the writers monitoring and motivating its growth are themselves musicians directly participating in it. 

This month marks the 40th anniversary of The Wire’s coming into being. Over the past four decades the magazine has celebrated and interrogated “the most visionary and inspiring, subversive and radical, marginalised and undervalued musicians on the planet, past and present, in the realms of avant rock, electronic music, hiphop, new jazz, improvised music, modern composition, traditional musics and more. Passionate, intelligent and provocative, The Wire wages war on the mundane and the mediocre.” Inevitably, working to such a brief oftentimes leads the magazine into conflict with its subjects, who don’t necessarily share or accept The Wire’s assessments, analyses, criticisms or praise of their work. The culture might well be at its most vibrant when it rises out of the noise of these conflicting voices and ideas, but where does that leave those Wire writers who are themselves musicians and artists?

Across The Great Divide asks regular Wire contributors Clive Bell and Leah Kardos, each of them also active musicians/composers, whether being both one and the other affects how they write about the music. And vice versa.

Across The Great Divide is chaired by The Wire Editor in Chief Chris Bohn, who started contributing to the magazine in the mid-1980s before joining its staff in 1997.

Building Communities: New Creative Ecosystems
SUNDAY 10 JULY, 18:00

Moderators: Lula Criado and Meritxell Rosell from CLOT Magazine
Speakers: Karolina Magnusson Murray [FOLD], SODAA, Jané Mackenzie [Hart Club], Lizzie Farrell [Hart Club], & more TBA.

The post-pandemic era has seen a rise in both local and online communities, flourishing in varying forms such as DAOs, co-ops and creative ecosystems around music venues. These are often enhanced and inspired by technological advancements and our human desire to re-engage.

This panel will explore how we build these ecosystems, what new challenges we will confront in the face of decentralisation, what are the promises, how will this new technology be of aid when it comes to implementation and how exactly will such new ideas differ from previous models, if at all.

Karolina Magnusson Murray
Karolina is a multidisciplinary artist. She graduated with an MA from RCA Painting. She is currently the Head of the Art Dept/Curator at FOLD/Futur.Shock; an art platform, positioned at the intersection of electronic music, sound, performance, & digital art. Themes & points of reference within her work include, community building, institutional critique, & mental health. She has performed & exhibited worldwide; some include; ICA, London, Pierogi New York; Liverpool Biennial 9, Aesthetica Art Prize Shortlist; won Ingram Collection of Modern, British & Contemporary Art Purchase Prize.

Lula Criado and Meritxell Rosell
Lula Criado is Founder of CLOT Magazine. Meritxell Rosell is the Director and Editor in Chief.

Lula and Meritxell are two multidisciplinary editors, writers and curators. Their work lays at the intersection of Art, Science and Technology, capturing the zeitgeist of the 21st century. With academic scientific background (Molecular Biology and Genetics) – which they combine with Trend Analysis and Philosophy- they run CLOT Magazine, an online platform dedicated to Art explorations into Science and Technology.

Through CLOT Magazine they curate intellectual content, generate debate, research and decode trends in areas of: biomedia, body architectures and cyborgs, sound art, interfaces, artificial intelligence and virtual reality and generative art, among others. They have covered festivals and events organised by renowned cultural references like Sónar Barcelona, Unsound Krakow, CTM Berlin and ICCMR Plymouth, curated panel discussions (LASER/Leonardo at Central Saint Martins) and given talks and lectures for the Bioarchitecture and Genetics MA (Barcelona, Spain) and School of Textile (Boras, Sweden). They also contribute for other publications like SciArt in America and Interalia magazine.