Tuesday, 5 May 2015

SOUND/PLACE | London | May 2015

Sound Art Group Exhibition & Events Programme 
St. James Hatcham Church

5th May - 13th May 
Private View: 5th May 6.00pm - 9pm 

The sound art group exhibition revisits the notion of “place” as a creative canvas and a platform for collaborative, critical debate and exchange. The show aims to question the problematics of displaying sonic art in a group exhibition, while utilising St. James Hatcham as a site for shared experimentation and conceptual questioning.

The artists are invited to explore the architectural layout of the space while responding to ideological discourses concerning space, place and location (sound art in relation to institutional apparatuses and political power, sociological impact of sound, senses and forms of displacement). It conceptually investigates how space as a both a physical container, and a philosophical, social and political construct, contributes to the formation, and experience of sound as art.

(De)constructing Risk | University of Applied Arts, Vienna | Apr 2015

(De)constructing Risk: A Domestic Image of the Future
Public Lecture by Helene Kazan

April 21, 2015, 19:00h
University of Applied Arts, Vienna

Strategies of analysing risk are adopted under a wide range of circumstances, and produce an image of the worst-case scenario as a complex reality fabricated by algorithms, hopes, fears, conflicting philosophies and historical precedence. Expert methods of calculating risk are employed across industry, aimed at producing the best possible forecast in order to sell a calculable danger to clientele. The domestic space, the home or the house, operates as a platform that forms a relationship between expert perceptions of risk, observed for example in the financing and insuring of houses within the real estate market, and risk felt as a tangible, bodily threat, experienced within the home. This simultaneous articulation of risk (abstract and affective) breeds a tension, which I argue is articulated and registered in the architecture of the home itself as it induces ‘alienation, distrust, and… heightened risk perception in those who are excluded from the magic preserves of its technical expertise.’ [1]

This research reads this tension through two images of the domestic space that depict the future in Lebanon. Connected on an axis, both images are speculative, as one is an image of future destruction, whilst the other is an image of perceived opportunity. Although both are uncertain, both require the viewer to not only observe and believe in the image of the future they depict, but go so far as to ask their audience to invest and gamble on it. By this process the images not only represent two different potential futures, but as a mode of production that colonises the future, they become a form of reality that is both felt in and affects the present situation.

In exposing the contradictions operating between these two images of perceived imminent or non-existent future threat within this specific context, this research intends to make present the ways in which risks’ unequal distribution contributes to constructing or deconstructing the home as a site of security. With the aim is to better understand the effects this transformative condition might create, as it impacts directly upon the sensitive and difficult nature of the territorial subject, particularly the human subject within the home.

[1] S. Jasanoff, The Political Science of Risk Perception. Elsevier Science Limited. Northern Ireland. 1998.