The Bloomsbury Handbook of Sound Art

Jun 2022  

A Book Release Evening at Errant Sound, Rungestr. 20, 10179 Berlin

Thursday, June 9th, 2022 19:00 – 21:30

What is Sound Art in the 21st century? Who are today’s performers, and what do they do to find and create sounds that make us listen, think, discuss, doubt, or imagine? What sounds have been made and presented recently to attract an audience of listeners, artists, fans, researchers and aficionados? How do genres of popular culture relate to Sound Art?

On June 9th, from 7pm we want to celebrate at Errant Sound in Berlin Mitte the publication of a handbook that addresses precisely these questions: Sanne Krogh Groth and Holger Schulze’s “Bloomsbury Handbook of Sound Art” (2020). The 24 chapters by 37 authors from 13 countries examine a range of performances, installations and practices, including sound, listening and sensing.Together with you, we wish to listen to four performances and presentations by Janine Eisenächer, Jeremy Woodruff, Laura Mello and Roberta Busechian – and to explore the aspects of these works, and to discuss the current state of sound art in the 21st century with Elke Moltrecht, Rolf Großmann, Macon Holt, Carlos Sandoval, Sanne Krogh Groth and Holger Schulze.Join us & let us listen to the handbook, let us explore the performers’ achievements together!

A book release evening for The Bloomsbury Handbook of Sound Art
Edited by Sanne Krogh Groth & Holger Schulze

Programme: 18:30 Doors

19:00 “Voices-Castles-Clouds“ (Lecture Performance) by Laura Mello (BRA/Berlin)

19:20 What is Sound Art in the 21st Century? With Elke Moltrecht (Berlin), Sanne Krogh Groth (Lund), Macon Holt (Copenhagen), Rolf Großmann (Lüneburg), Holger Schulze (Copenhagen)

20:00 Break, drinks, chats

20:15 What can Sound Art do?
With Carlos Sandoval (Berlin), Janine Eisenächer (Berlin), Jeremy Woodruff (Berlin), Laura Mello (BRA/Berlin) and Roberta Busechian (IT/Berlin), incl. presentations by Jeremy Woodruff and Roberta Busechian

21:10 “Doing sounds with things #1″(Sound Performance) by Janine Eisenächer (Berlin)

21:30 Drinks and chats

About the artists and researchers:

Roberta Busechian (*1990 in Trieste/IT) is a sound artist and lecturer in sound art theory, practice and sonic activism based in Berlin. Her interests include the effects of listening in creating common aggregation points in physical space, especially the technological possibilities of virtually connected spaces through live stream and time shift. She has exhibited and performed in Europe and the USA, and is a member of Errant Sound. www.robertabusechian.com

Janine Eisenächer (*1983) is a performance and sound artist, a curator and researcher, and a member of Errant Sound. In her lecture, sound and concert performances, she works site-specifically with things, with which she creates sonic spaces and spatialities through movement- and action-based material sounds. Her current artistic research focuses on sonic epistemologies of sound-practical actions with things and on forms and methodologies of hearing/ sonic coexistence.

Rolf Großmann is currently working at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg (Germany) as professor and director of the Center of Competence “((audio)) Aesthetic Strategies”; founding member of the Institute for Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media (ICAM). He was for many years freelancer and jazz musician, held lectures on digital production and aesthetics of music and on media art at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, Popakademia Baden-Württemberg, the Bern University of the Arts, the Universities of Basel, Siegen, Hamburg and Lüneburg.

Macon Holt is a cultural theorist concerned with the political affects of cultural production and is the author of Pop Music and Hip Ennui: A Sonic Fiction of Capitalist Realism. He received his PhD in cultural studies from Goldsmiths in 2017 and is currently a postdoc in operative fictions at Copenhagen Business School.Sanne Krogh Groth is Associate Professor of Musicology at Lund University, Sweden. She is Office Director of the Sound Environment Centre, Lund University, and Editor of the online journal Seismograf Peer. She is author of the book Politics and Aesthetics in Electronic Music (2014), co-editor of The Bloomsbury Handbook of Sound Art (2020) and Negotiating Noise (2021). She is currently conducting field-based research on experimental music and de-colonial aesthetics in Indonesia.

Laura Mello is a Brazilian composer and sound artist based in Berlin. She is interested in the human perception of the spoken language, how it connects to the perception of music and to other cultural aspects related to communication. She is a member of Errant Sound.

Musicologist, music curator, producer and adviser Elke Moltrecht is focused on cosmopolitan curating and research, contemporary and experimental music. She is the initiator, co-founder and director of the trans-traditional Ensemble Extrakte. She curated and directed numerous institutions, festivals and concert seriea and is working with composers at the Karsten Witt Musik Management in Berlin. She is member of international jurys and panels and published articles on current music developments.Carlos Sandoval (1956, Mexico City) is a Mexican/German freelance composer and multimedia artist mostly recognized for his work joining technology and a Gestalt approach to the art of music composition and performance. Michael Zwenzner describes him as a “Socio-critical magician of the extended-multimedia instrumental theater”.

Holger Schulze is professor in musicology at the University of Copenhagen and principal investigator at the Sound Studies Lab. His research moves between a cultural history of the senses, sound in popular culture and the anthropology of media. Selected Publications: The Bloomsbury Handbook of the Anthropology of Sound (2021, ed.), Sonic Fiction (2020), The Sonic Persona (2018).

Jeremy Woodruff is a composer and curator, and artistic director of Berlin School of Sound. He performs with groups in Berlin on wind instruments and electronics. His sound art has been presented by RBB Kunst im Bau, in various galleries including KW Berlin, Kasa Gallery Istanbul and elsewhere. His writings have been published by Journal of Sonic Studies, KunstMusik, Verlag für Moderne Kunst (Nürnberg), Bloomsbury Press and others. He is a founding member of the Errant Sound project room in Berlin. www.jeremywoodruff.net