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The Wysing Podcast series shares discussion, research and new work in audio and video formats.

010 Opening The Channels

This podcast is taken from Opening The Channels, a Study day at Wysing which launched the Wysing Polyphonic residency programme and responded to Wysing's All Channels Open exhibition. The starting point of the day was to consider what steps could be taken to "open the channels" and what exactly is at stake in seeking to include "many voices". For the study day, spring residency artists Pallavi Paul, Claire Potter and Raju Rage were joined by invited contributors Taylor Le Melle, Annie Jael Kwan and Wail Qasim, all of whom were asked to think of a "resolution", a proposal for how institutions, artists and the public might ready themselves to confront 2017 with "all channels open".

With this event, we wanted to interrogate some of the ideas that are circulating around Wysing's programme at the moment: of "opening the channels", of giving platforms to "many voices", of encouraging polyphony even when the results are not sweet and harmonious but dischordant and unsettling. What does it mean and what does it take to encourage dissonant voices: voices that call us out, voices that warn us of things we don't want to believe? 

010A Taylor Le Melle and Raju Rage

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010B Claire Potter

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010C Pallavi Paul and Annie Jael Kwan

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010D Wail Qasim

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009 Ravioli Me Away

009 Ravioli Me Away

We were very lucky to have the amazing Ravioli Me Away at Wysing recently as they began work on their opera, View from Behind The Futuristic Rose Trellis. We caught up with them to discuss the unique project and to hear about the many voices they are collaborting with including Tom Hirst (Design a Wave), Ben Wallers (The Rebel), Dean Rodney Junior (The Fish Police), Kathy Gray (Mia La Metta), Victor Jakeman, and Whitby Bay.

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008 Meeting the Machine Half-Way

We are very pleased to introduce our final podcast of 2016,  from the study day Meeting the Machine Half-way, which has been developed by artists-in-residence Larry Achiampong, David Blandy and Gary Zhexi Zhang. Over the day, the artists were joined by curator Morgan Quaintance, gamer and artist Danielle Nelson (Zakuta/Izanami), journalist Evan Narcisse and researchers Carleigh Morgan and Nathaniel Zetter. This was also the last event of the Wysing Poly programme, for which we took the poly, or polytechnic, as a starting point to look at forms of alternative learning over all of our programmes in 2016.

008A Morgan Quaintance

Morgan Quaintance began the day with a presentation about arcade cultures in south London where he grew up and used arcades as a way of understanding his social milieu. Unfortunately, due to some technical problems, we've lost the first minute or so of Morgan's presentation. As the 2016 Cubbitt curatorial fellow, Morgan is leading a project with Larry and David to research the history of arcades in London. This concluded with an exhibition, Here Comes a New Challenger, at Cubbitt between 8 and 18 December 2016. 

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008B Gary Zhexi Zhang, Nathaniel Zetter and Carleigh Morgan

Gary spent a lot of his time at Wysing researching sensory interfaces, for a film called The Kernel Process so his interest in gaming was perhaps more outward looking. He invited Nathaniel Zetter a PHD candidate at Cambridge who is researching the perspectives used in video games and Carleigh Morgan, a PHD candidate at Kings, who is researching the cybnernetic sutures between bodies and machines.  

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008C David Blandy, Larry Achiampong and Danielle Nelson

One of the things that made working on this event so exciting is the deep love that Larry and David have for gaming. They are embedded in the scene, which makes them perfectly placed to guide the rest of us, particularly those who may not have played games in 15 years. In this third part, they talked to Danielle Nelson, a successful fighting gamer who Larry has known for years. Danielle goes by a string of pseudonyms in the fighting game world: Zakuta, Izanami and Bacon and is best known for playing the Tekken franchise. Larry and David asked her about her background in gaming and asked her to break down a few fighting games for us. 

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008D Evan Narcisse, David Blandy and Larry Achiampong

This final panel picked up from the conversation between Larry, David and Danielle and opened it up to a skype contribution from games journalist, Evan Narcisse. Evan is perhaps best known for writing an essay called "Video Games' Blackness Problem" and the conversation at Wysing went back to this essay, centring on race in videogames. 

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007 Ophiux Symposium

With this symposium at Murray Edwards College, as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Joey Holder was able to expand on the research for her Ophiux exhibition. Joey's work is always research led, but this project in particular benefited from long and fruitful interdisciplinary conversations. Some of these may have began in public, with an event at Wysing during the year of the Multiverse and with an article in Art Monthly, but have continued as less formal private exchanges during the production of the exhibition. As such, we were thrilled to offer Joey an opportunity to discuss her work with scientists, researchers and artists who have been so central to her thinking.

 

007A Marco Galardini

After a screening of Joey's Ophiux film, Computational Biologist Dr. Marco Galardini presented on evolution and the ways we might use it to understand differences between individuals. 

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007B Katja Novitskova

Katja Novitskova presented her work and research on the deep sea and screened her film PATTERN OF ACTIVATION (LOKI'S CASTLE).

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007C Katrin Linse

Dr Katrin Linse from the British Antarctic Survey presented on on biodiversity, phylogeography and evolution of the Antarctic marine.

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007D Panel Discussion

All of the contributors convened for a panel discussion, led by Jamie Sutcliffe of Strange Attractor Press.

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007E Jamie Sutcliffe

Jamie Sutcliffe gave a presentation responding to the exhibition, touching on pharmaceutical companies and biological science fiction.

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006 David Toop, Irene Revell and Conal McStravick

As David Toop's study week approaches, we thought we would revisit a conversation from the 2015 Multiverse programme between David, Irene Revell of Electra and artist Conal McStravick. In this event, entitled 'If we’re going to use this wretched term, then let’s be clear about who was innovating in it', Electra made public two intersecting strands of enquiry that they had been exploring during their summer residency at Wysing; the feminist performance score, and the early sound works and video of Stuart Marshall (1949–1993). Exhibitions of Stuart Marshall's work are rare, but his Diary of a Plague Year, 1984, was one of many highlights in Dan Kidner's The Inoperative Community exhibition at Raven Row last year.

Each year Wysing's programme explores a certain theme which emerges from the many dialogues and concerns raised by those who work with us or attend our events and exhibitions. This was one such conversation that turned out to be very important in the development of our current programme, Wysing Poly. 

In Wysing Director Donna Lynas' words: "Listening to David Toop it suddenly struck me what an experimental time it was for the arts in the 1970s and 1980s, when networks of artists slipped in and out of roles to generate an energy that seems to have re-emerged today in the plethora of impressive artist-run spaces and initiatives. This energy came out of centres of learning, predominantly Polytechnics, in a way that seems to have been lost today. Wysing Poly is our contribution to this discourse and alongside residencies we will be hosting events and discussions that both look back to the 1970s and 1980s, a period which did of course also have it's problems and exclusions, and look to what is happening now in the arts and education."

006A David Toop, Irene Revell and Conal McStravick

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005 Joey Holder Ophiux Research

Prior to her Ophiux exhibition, Joey Holder was an artist-in-residence with Kit Craig and Takeshi Shiomitsu in Spring 2015 as part of the Multiverse programme. During that residency Joey began conversations with scientists and artists that would go on to influence her thinking behind Ophiux. We have collected the following talks from Wysing's programme that year.

005A Marco Galardini

Computational Biologist Dr. Marco Galardini gives a presentation on alternative uses of DNA.

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005B Katrin Linse

Dr. Katrin Linse gives a presentation on Antarctic marine and deep-sea biodiversity and hydrothermal vent diversity.

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005C Emily Rosamond

Emily Rosamond presents ideas on The Umwelt and The Operational Image in response to Joey’s work.

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004 Two Steps to the Left…

For the third and final event in our Summercamp series, artist Sonia Boyce developed a very special day-long symposium and live music event Two steps to the Left… in collaboration with artist-in-residence Evan Ifekoya. In keeping with the theme of radical art practice of the 1970s and 80s, Two steps to the Left… takes US artist Adrian Piper’s groundbreaking interactive performance, Funk Lessons (1982–85), as a point of departure, to explore dance and movement as a political act; asking what role does dance and music play in the creation of momentary communities, of dissent and assent.

Two steps to the Left… included presentations, workshops and discussions, including contributions from artists and academics Ain Bailey, Adelaide Bannerman, Sonia Boyce, Yassmin V Foster, Evan Ifekoya, Melika Ngombe Kolongo and Zinzi Minott and live music performances from Ain Bailey, ORETHA, and Nkisi. More details of the event can be found here.

004A Evan Ifekoya and Zinzi Minott – Thinking Enough to Let it Go

Introductions by Donna Lynas and Sonia Boyce, follwed by Thinking Enough to Let it Go, a guided movement improvisation devised and led by Zinzi Minott and Evan Ifekoya, and a discussion.

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004B Yassmin V Foster

A presentation by Yassmin V Foster highlighting and discussing the ability to recognise black dance, even when it is not being performed by a ‘black’ body. 

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004C Adelaide Bannerman

 Adelaide Bannerman gives a presentation on Adrian Piper’s Funk Lessons (1982–85) with guided active listening and dancing. Followed by questions and discussion. Please note, for reasons of copyright the audio of Funk Lessons is not included.

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004D Ain Bailey

Ain Bailey gives a presentation on spaces for collective gathering. Followed by questions and discussion.

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004E Melika Ngombe Kolongo

Melika Ngombe Kolongo gives a presentation on NON, a politically minded collective and record label dedicated to music created by African artists and the diaspora.

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004F Ain Bailey, ORETHA and Nkisi DJ Sets

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003 Radio (Study) Day

For their Radio (Study) Day from Wysing, Summer artists-in-residence Henna-Riikka Halonen, Evan Ifekoya, Lawrence Lek and Laura O’Neill took radio broadcasting as a starting point for exploring the potential of the listening subject. On the day itself, the artists took over the Wysing homepage and streamed audio and video for five hours. The audio was later broadcast on London's Resonance FM. More details of the event can be found here.

003A Lawrence Lek – Sino-Futurism

Sinofuturism is a video essay combining elements of science fiction, documentary melodrama, social realism, and Chinese cosmologies, in order to critique the present-day dilemmas of China and the people of its diaspora.

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003B Laura O'Neill – Bending Over Backwards

A new work described as "pure presencing affecting affectable bodies; a mapping of rhythm interspersed with film, curved down with soft selves/around the bend". Bending Over Backwards features a mixed sourced text from poet Greg Nijs.

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003C Henna-Riikka Halonen – Pareidolia

A new work where the writing and re-writing of a film script and a soundtrack becomes a spatial play with walls and borders, teasing out the universal through the personal. Confusing time zones, truth and fiction in order to grasp the ever unreachable right now of right now, Pareidolia is a search for an image or imagination in a realm where the only sense we have is hearing. Featuring Dr Jeanette Baxter and artist Arnaud Moinet. 

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003D Evan Ifekoya – This Catalog of Poses

A radio play-in progress exploring the daily lives of four figures in a photograph, some of whom are more alive than others. Beginning at a spectral house club night in London, the characters dialogue across time and space as if inhabiting the past and future simultaneously. Original score devised in collaboration with aigrefou (Netherlands/Morocco).

 

002 Do It With Others

For the second event in our Summercamp series we invited Furtherfield to develop and lead the day-long symposium, Do It With Others - Art and Solidarity in the Age of Networks. Do It With Others - Art and Solidarity in the Age of Networks explored art as a commons (defined as the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society) in the age of networks and neoliberalism. It asked how practices, circulation, appreciation and stewardship of the arts can be emancipated for all.

The day was devised and led by Furtherfield (Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett) with contributions from artists Gretta Louw and They Are Here (Helen Walker & Harun Morrison) and writer Tim Waterman. More details of the event can be found here.

002A Marc Garrett – Unblocking Proprietary Systems

Marc Garrett, presents his research into different types of grassroots culture and the ways in which they actively re-examine, critique, and hack their way around the controlling conditions of black boxes, proprietary systems and techno-cultural production. 

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002B Tim Waterman – Situating The Commons

Tim Waterman, landscape architect and theorist, discusses how the negotiation of the commons takes place in two distinct realms that are increasingly reaching into and shaping one another: the long history of the landscape commons both in cities and in the countryside, and across digital networks.

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002C Ruth Catlow – DIWO to DAOWO - Collaborative arts and the blockchain.

The DIWO (Do It With Others) campaign for emancipatory, networked art practices was instigated by Furtherfield in 2006 and it is informing an artistic engagement with new blockchain technologies; to organise, cooperate, p2p and at scale to transform approaches to contemporary economic and social challenges.

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002D Discussion

Open discussion moderated by artist and curator Gretta Louw.

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002E Gretta Louw – Networking the Unseen

Networking the Unseen is the first exhibition of its kind to focus on the intersection of indigenous cultures and zeitgeist digital practices in contemporary art.

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002F They Are Here

Combining DIY digital culture with socially engaged activity, Helen Walker & Harun Morrison of They Are Here are collaborating with local residents and organisations across Finsbury Park. 

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001 Collective Creation between Welfare and Austerity

For the first of our new podcast series, we present Collective Creation between Welfare and Austerity. This was recorded at the first event in our Summercamp series, a day-long symposium led by Professor Gavin Butt and developed from his research on post-punk culture and British art schools. The day focused on collective creation across art, music, and theatre, between the heyday of the Polytechnic and today.

The day was devised and led by Professor Gavin Butt with contributions from Green Gartside of Scritti Polliti, Chris Goode of Ponyboy Curtis, Kevin Lycett of the Mekons, writers Claire MacDonald and Amy Spencer, and representatives from DIY Space for London. More details of the event can be found here.

001A Gavin Butt, Green Gartside and Kevin Lycett – The Post-Punk Artschool

This panel discussion explores the formation of music bands, and the importance of banding together to make art, in the art school milieu of the late 1970s and early '80s. The panel consists of two former art students, Green Gartside, the creative force of the left-wing-inspired post-punk band Scritti Polliti, and Kevin Lycett, co-founder of the Mekons, a shifting musical collective formed in Leeds in the late '70s.  

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001B Clare MacDonald, and Chris Goode – Ensemble creation between then and now

This panel discussion considers ensemble creation between then and now. The panel includes Claire MacDonald, co-founder of Impact Theatre Co-operative, which as a company fused text, music, visual and performance art and Chris Goode, lead artist of Chris Goode & Company and director of the performance ensemble Ponyboy Curtis.

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001C Donna Lynas and Amy Spencer – From DIY to DIT

This panel discussion looks at DIY and DIT infrastructure of contemporary art and music. The panel consists of writer Amy Spencer, author of the book DIY: The Rise of Low-Fi Culture, and representatives from the cooperatively-run social centre DIY Space for London. The session is chaired by Wysing's Director Donna Lynas. Please note: the contribution from DIY Space for London is not archived.

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