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Disinformation – live at Fort Process 2018

Fort Process is an extraordinary one day sonic arts and music festival that utilises the unique resonant spaces of Newhaven Fort. This third edition of Fort Process, curated by Lost Property, features performances, installations, talks, workshops and live art, from a massive line-up of contributors, including Adam Basanta, AJA, Alice Eldridge + Chris Kiefer, Ana Gutieszca, Automatic Writing Circle, Bartosz Dylewski, Bell Lungs, Blanc Sceol, Bunty, Cécile Chevalier + Chris Kiefer, Copper Sounds, Dan Powell, Daniel W J Mackenzie, David Thomas Broughton, Dirk Campbell, Disinformation, Fay Burnett, Fiery Biscuits String Section, Frances Young, Grischa Lichtenberger, Guoda Dirzyte, Isn’tses, Jack Lister, Jamie Ward, Jason Hotchkiss, Jeph Vanger, Jez Riley French + Pheobe Riley Law, Jez Stevens, Jobina Tinnemans, Joe Banks, Jordan Edge, Joshua Legallienne, Julian Weaver, Kathy Hinde + Matthew Olden, Katie McCallum + Karl M.V. Waugh, KiRa + Accord, Kyoka, Louise Mackenzie, Map 71, Maria Marzaioli, Mark Anderson, Marlo Eggplant, Más Hangok, Max Eastley, Mike Blow, Mysterious Monopole, Ned Rush, New Interpretations Orchestra, Nicholas Ritson, Niko Karlsson, ORE, Pickett Improv, Redhookgrainterminal, Rhombos, Rhys Chatham, Rie Nakajima, Ritual Extra, Sam Hewitt, Semiconductor, Shatner’s Bassoon, Silence Blossoms, Slow Listener, Stephan Barrett + Adam Kinsey, Tap/Sew, Tasos Stamou, Tetsuya Umeda, The Larsens, UKAEA, Ursula Damm, Voces Castrum and Well Hung Game. “Rorschach Audio” lecture demonstration at 2:30pm [sharp] + “National Grid” sound installation running through the day… live collaboration with Voces Castrum TBC (with apologies to the organisers for not posting this sooner).

22 Sept 2018 – 12 midday to 11pm

Fort Process 2018
Newhaven Fort
Fort Road
Newhaven
East Sussex BN9 9DS

http://www.wegottickets.com/f/11730

https://fortprocess.co.uk/

“Babakiueria” and the Politics of Listening

Disinformation’s chums in Melbourne – the excellent Liquid Architecture – who hosted the Rorschach Audio events at the Monash University Museum of Art and Gertrude Contemporary in 2015, have since organised several more events themed around mishearing… most recently a presentation by Jennifer Stoever on “Soni­fy­ing Race, Surveilling Space: the Sonic Color Line and the Lis­ten­ing Ear” (coming up August 25, see link). According to the mail-out, “Soni­fy­ing Race” focusses on experiences from the United States. In terms of Australian experience, similar themes were sent-up in the spoof documentary “Babakiueria”, by Don Featherstone, starring Bob Maza (President of the Aborigines Advancement League) back in 1986. Enjoy!

FYI the joke may have been inspired by the (since de-bunked) myth about this author’s namesake Sir Joseph Banks (no relation) and the word “kanguru”.

Thanks to Pete Reeves (from the University of Sydney) for the heads-up (see you next year mate)

https://eavesdropping.exposed/

Marshall McLuhan – “Advertising is the folk art of the 20th century”

Marshall McLuhan’s axiom that [5:27 into the video] “advertising is the folk art of the 20th century” (which, in fact, is a quotation that he responds to rather than directly articulates in this interview) is prescient enough, though in some ways his preceding statement, about the nature of reading, is even more interesting. Marshall McLuhan asserts that “the word to read means to guess…” and that “reading is actually an activity of rapid guessing” [4:33].

Etymologically speaking McLuhan is spot-on – the word “read” does (as he says) derive from the Old English rǣdan (from the Dutch raden, and the German raten) meaning to “advise” or “guess”; so the history of language corroborates the idea that our minds deploy “perceptual hypotheses” or intelligent guesswork to decode streams of text and speech (see the “Rorschach Audio” book pages 43, 46 and 167 etc).

Given what the “Rorschach Audio” book says about how “the earliest form of sound recording technology was not a machine but was written language” (page 96), it’s no surprise that the neural strategies employed in “reading” both speech and text are so closely related. From a public-understanding-of-science point-of-view however, the most striking feature of this interview is that when Marshall McLuhan puts forward this idea, it’s received as so improbable and outlandish that some members of the audience actually laugh [4:50].

https://tinyurl.com/ydd62qlm + https://tinyurl.com/yca4z9ff

Joe Banks, 20 June 2018

Yanny or Laurel – Sound Illusion ****

The following story was discussed under the heading “Technology” in The Guardian, but originally appeared under the heading “Black Magic Fuckery” on social media!

https://tinyurl.com/yb965ept + https://tinyurl.com/yap5xr8o  [Thanks to J.R.]

The Unexplainers, Beast Spirit 450

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0515rl8

Damien Hirst and Goldsmiths College

https://frieze.com/article/damien-hirst-admits-all-my-ideas-are-stolen-anyway

The idea that “genius steals” is an urban myth – https://tinyurl.com/ycgc4lu4

Disinformation at Dronica Festival #7 ****

Three day long art and music festival, featuring performances and installations by Coagulant, Gareth Davis, Diamat, Disinformation, Denis D’Or, Charles Hayward, Luxul, Jose Macabra, Kieron Mahon, Minus Pilots, Mothax, Needle Factory, Raxil4, Miguel Domingo Redondo, Blanca Regina & Pierre Bouvier Patron, Rotten Bliss, Ruido, Pascal Savy, The Seer, Daniele Sergio, Tasos Stamou, Mira Varg and V-Stok… plus home-made Sicilian street food by Sicilia Bedda. Thursday 12 to Saturday 14 April 2018 (with Disinformation exhibiting on Thursday and Friday) –

Thursday 7pm to 10pm – £5
Friday 6pm to 11pm – £10
Saturday 3pm to 10:30pm – £10

The Old Church
Stoke Newington Church St.
London N16 9ES

https://www.facebook.com/DronicaFestival/

Download the events schedule – https://tinyurl.com/y7vecch6

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