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<nettime-ann> Agostino Di Scipio ? Public Lecture - 23 Febrary 2015

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Dear All,

As part of my PhD research I have invited Agostino Di Scipio to present
his amazing work at Queen Mary University of London. This is a free and
open event, all welcome!!

23 February 2015 h 18:00
Queen Mary University of London
Arts One Lecture Theatre
Mile End Campus
E1 4NS London

Event page:



::: The place of computing in situated sonic interactions of performers,
machines, and environment :::

In this presentation I address the place and meaning of computing
resources in the context of the hybrid technological infrastructures
necessary in sound-making practices, and the surrounding physical space
where such practices take place. I illustrate examples from personal
experience with sound installation and performance works based where the
structural coupling is elaborated between the room acoustics and the
technical equipment (including pro- and consumer-level electroacoustic
transducers, and mechanical resonators). While the approach may fit well
in a broader scenario of artistic practices in which data from various
sources in the environment are admitted as component parts of the
computing process, the particular perspective I try to elaborate bears
almost exclusively on sound and auditory perception. Sound is experienced
as the only interface in a network of situated interactions having both
energetic and informational dimensions. It is suggested that, in such a
context, a notion of ?computing? seems to materialise that can?t be
reduced to ?information processing? (safe if we fully subscribe to an
utterly reductionistic epistemology), and gets closer to a view of
?embodied and situated cognition? rooted in the biology of cognition and
the phenomenology of the living.

::: Biographical note :::

Agostino Di Scipio (Naples, Italy, 1962) composer, sound artist, scholar.
Graduated in Composition and Electronic Music from the Conservatory of
L?Aquila, and studied Computer Music at CSC, University of Padova. Di
Scipio explores original methods in the gener­ation and transmission of
sound, often featuring phenomena of emergence and chaotic dynamics. His
works include live electronics performance (often with musical
instruments, too) and installation works designed as
?man-machine-environonment? net­works of purely sonic interactions (e.g.
the Audible Ecosystemics series, and the more recent Modes of Interference
series). His output includes two stage works mixing poetry reading and
electroacoustics. His music is available on various labels (RZ Edition,
Chrysopeé Electronique, Wergo, Neuma, etc.). With pianist Ciro Longobardi,
Di Scipio published a full-concert realization of John Cage?s Electronic
Music for Piano, presented at the 2012 Venice Biennale. With saxophonist
Mario Gabola, he forms the Upset duo, in the context of which he explores
recycled analog circuitry (Upset, Viande Records). A recent special issue
of Contemporary Music Review collects various perspectives on Di Scipio?s

 Artist-in-residence of DAAD, Berlin (2004-2005) and other international
residency programs, Di Scipio served as full-time professor in
Electroacoustic Composition at the Conservatory of Naples (2001-2013),
and today holds the same position in L?Aquila. Edgar-Varèse-Professor at
Technische Universität, Berlin (2007-2008), guest professor in various
institutions in Europe and North America. In 2013, Di Scipio delivered
the opening keynote speech of the Int?l Computer Music Conference (Edith
Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia). His writings focus on a
variety of subjects, specially including cognitive and political
implications of music technologies (e.g. the volume Pensare le tecnologie
del suono e della musica, Naples 2013). Di Scipio served as guest editor
of the Journal of New Music Research for a special issue on Iannis
Xenakis, and was the editor of various volumes including Xenakis?s
Universi del suono (Milan 2003) and Michael Eldred?s Heidegger, Holderlin
& John Cage (Rome 2000).


This lecture is part of the ?Artists presentations series? organised by
the students of the Media and Arts Technology programme funded by the
EPSRC. Thanks to Queen Mary University of London.

Students website:

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