[-empyre-] incompatible research practices - week 02 - performing revolutions // noise and gossip

magnus lawrie magnus at ditch.org.uk
Tue Feb 14 04:02:46 EST 2012

Thanks to Gabriel and all who have been active in reading and writing
on empyre for the past week. I am glad to join as co-moderator and,
not so much 'old member', but rather 'empyre fledgling' ;-)

I have been looking at the reSource pages from the original phd
workshop that has been mentioned http://darc.imv.au.dk/incompatible/
as well as the publication that came out of it: World of the News -
The world’s greatest peer-reviewed newspaper of in/compatible research

Iona's article 'An Experience of Thought' makes considerable reference
to Derrida. Notions of endurance (as an alternative to
sustainability), measure (rather than - instrumental - calculation)
and its link with rationality/reason (to be undone) are discussed. I
wonder how these and further ideas of limit, proportion and standards
of comparison are, in relation to Marie's 'M*nifesto for Interfer!ng
Wom/en', where, "Noise is first the ruPTUre. As such, it does not only
diminish and destroy but also produces, creates, enhances...unwanted,
unorganised, unreasonable: these issues are contigent." Iona, you
wrote that, "a reason that lets itself be reasoned with makes possible
the unconditioned event (contingency)." I wonder, are there any
particular resonances/oppositions between these statements for you

Best wishes,


On Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 06:10:35AM +0000, Gabriel Menotti wrote:
> Hello!
> Thanks very much to Baruch and César and all the other participants
> for the generous input last week!
> I don’t mean to interrupt the ongoing threads, but it is time to
> introduce some new guests into the discussion: Marie Thompson and
> Ioana Jucan. Both their researches engage with a range of practices
> not entirely unproblematic to academia, such as experimental
> performance and noise improvisation. Biographies below.
> *Ioana Jucan*
> Ioana Jucan is an interdisciplinary artist-researcher primarily
> focused on performance-making, philosophy, and new media. She is
> currently pursuing her Ph.D. degree in Theatre and Performance Studies
> at Brown University. In her research, she is interested in exploring
> the role of performance in the production of epistemological shifts in
> periods marked by major technological breakthroughs, towards
> rethinking the notions of the experimental and the revolutionary. In
> her artistic work, Ioana combines traditional and experimental
> artistic methods in her exploration of performance as a site for the
> creation and transmission of knowledge and as a story-telling device.
> She is an alumna of the Watermill Summer Program 2011 under the
> artistic direction of Robert Wilson. She is also the co-founder and
> artistic director of the Listening LabOratory performance group
> associated with Brown University.
> *Marie Thompson*
> Marie Thompson is a AHRC funded PhD candidate at Newcastle University,
> based in Culture Lab and the International Centre for Musical Studies.
> She has previously studied at the University of Liverpool, where she
> undertook her Baccalaureate in Music/Popular Music and Masters in
> Musicology. Marie is also a musician, interested in noise-based
> musics, circuit-bending and free improvisation. She regularly performs
> solo as Tragic Cabaret, in the duo Ghostly Porters, and as part of
> Newcastle’s audiovisual collective, Kira Kira.
> Also, welcome to Magnus Lawrie, an old member of empyre who also
> participated of the in/compatible research workshop and will be
> co-moderating the debate from now on.
> Best!
> Menotti
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