Solo exhibition and series of events at Point Centre for Contemporary Art
Duration: 31 October - 29 November 2014
Opening: Friday, 31 October 2014, 7:00pm
'Experiencing this work involves a process of being oriented and of disorienting. Where is the horizon? Can its existence be stipulated in relation tao some sort of centre? To this latter question, 'The blind ear' seems to allow us to answer both yes and no. In navigating this space, one may possibly pulled, by the ear, towards a centre - the 'sweet spot' that is the Holy Grail of audiophiles. Here, standing (or sitting) still allows one to be constituted as disembodied acoustic subject. This quasi-Oedipal gesture can be thought of as 'blinding' one's bodily ear. More importantly, however, there are also other trajectories to be followed in the spaces of this work, ones that resist various pulls towards centres or subjectifications.
' - Andreas Vrahimis
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Point Centre for Contemporary Art presents a sound installation by the composer, sound artist and sound designer Yiannis Christofides; a multichannel sonic environment that explores a sense of place through listening, ritual and the condition of darkness.
Yiannis Christofides (b. 1985, Nicosia) is a composer, sound artist and sound designer. Much of his work investigates our experience of place through the use of field recordings as principal material. His particular interest in field recording is in relation to the contextual aspects of sound and the intersensory experience that it affords. Thus it often extends beyond the auditory in order to take into consideration the interdependencies and interactions between different sensory faculties, the multitude of subjective interpretations, memories and personal narratives associated with a particular soundfield and its social and political context. Among others, his work has been presented at many occasions and institutions in Europe and the US (the Internationales Klangkunstfest Berlin 2014 (DE), the wulf., Los Angeles (US), Circuit Bridges | Gallery MC, New York (US), Metamatic: The Art Foundation, Athens (GR), The Ethnological Museum, Nicosia (CY) etc).
Related Events |Program:
Saturday, 8 November 2014, 7:30pm | En route: Concert
Wednesday, 12 November 2014, 7:00-8:30pm | The Listening Group: session A
Friday, 21 November 2014, 8:00pm | Electric Soundscapes: Concert
Saturday, 22 November 2014 | Soundwalk
Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 7:00-8:30pm | The Listening Group: session Β
Friday, 31 October - Saturday, 29 November 2014 | The Sound Library
En Route: A Concert of Recent Works
Yiannis Christofides will present a short concert of works, recently composed and presented at the wulf. in Los Angeles.
The Listening Group |Sessions A+B
The term ‘listening group’ is used here by analogy with the term ‘reading group’. What a reading group commonly does is to read and discuss a book together. Analogously, the purpose of the listening group is to listen together and talk about what we listen to. The first two meetings, taking place at Point, will focus on contemporary music and electroacoustic composition and will introduce some basic ideas in contemporary composition and theory. The first session will be introduced by Dr. Andreas Vrahimis who will briefly discuss the connection between philosophical discussions in the 20th century phenomenological tradition and the concept of acousmatic listening. The introduction will be followed by a presentation by Yiannis Christofides of a work by Bernard Parmegiani that explores acousmatic listening. The second session will involve a discussion, by Christofides and Vrahimis, of the work of the Wandelweiser Group in relation to conceptions of silence in music.
A concert of works for electroacoustic media by members of the Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers Association (HELMCA) curated by Dr. Katerina Tzedaki.
Soundwalk in the city of Nicosia led by Dr. Katerina Tzedaki and Yiannis Christofides. A sound walk is defined as “(…) a form of active participation in the soundscape. Though the variations are many, the essence of the soundwalk is to encourage the participant to listen discriminatively, and moreover, to make critical judgments about the sounds heard and their contribution to the balance or imbalance of the sonic environment. (…)." [Source: http://www.sfu.ca/sonic-studio/handbook/Soundwalk.html].
The Sound Library
A collection of books, online texts and media exploring sound, listening, experimental and contemporary music, selected by Yiannis Christofides, will be available for study during the extent of the exhibition.
Educational workshops for elementary school children developed and executed by Yiannis Christofides, Dr. Chrystalleni Loizides and Dr. Evi Tselika. The workshops focussed on sound, listening, acoustic ecology and experimental sound-making in the context of the city of Nicosia and its cultural and religious diversities. The programme was developed as part of the project 'Promoting Anti-Discrimination through Arts Education for the Local Community Point Centre for Contemporary Art-Eleneio Elementary School'.
Andreas Vrahimis BA(Hons) (Nottingham), MA(London), PhD (London) teaches Philosophy at the University of Cyprus. His first book, titled Encounters between Analytic and Continental Philosophy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), challenges the standard depiction of twentieth century philosophy as divided into two camps, analytic and continental. His research interests include phenomenology, the history of analytic philosophy, and metaphilosophy.
Katerina Tzedaki studied music, electroacoustic music and computer music. She holds a PhD in electroacoustic music composition from De Montfort University. She was the coordinator of the Computer Music Lab of the Program of Psychoacoustics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (IPSA) for seven consecutive years. She currently teaches at the Department of Music Technology and Acoustics of the Technological Educational Institute of Crete. She is interested in soundscape composition, live electroacoustic music and spirituality. She is a founding member and current president of the Hellenic Electroacoustic Composers Association and a founding member of the Hellenic Society for Acoustic Ecology.
Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers Association (HELMCA) is a non-profit organization which brings together composers and sound artists who engage in a creative use of music technology and with their work explore and produce a wide spectrum of musical approaches and forms of sonic art. Its main aim is to strengthen collaboration and solidarity among its members and to promote their work in Greece and abroad. For this reason, its work focuses on communicating and exchanging information as well as organizing festivals, concerts, installations, conferences, seminars and workshops. Since June 2006 HELMCA is the National Federation member of the CIME (Confédération Internationale de Musique Electroacoustique).
Tuesday to Friday: 11:00 -18:00
*the exhibition can also be viewed by appointment outside opening hours