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Curating Sound for Difficult Histories Colloquium

Part of Birkbeck Arts Week 2018. Pears Institute in collaboration with Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture, the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck and University of Hertfordshire

Speakers: Ramon De Marco, sound designer; Stephen Frosh, Birkbeck, University of London, Val Kuklowsky, sound designer/editor; and Esther Shalev-Gerz, artist.
Date: Tue, May. 15, 2018
Time:  2:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD
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Talks, screenings and discussions will explore how soundscapes – music, voices, speech, noise and silence – evoke difficult histories, in particular the Holocaust. By looking at sound editing in film, music composition, installation art and museum exhibitions we will address questions around representation, remembering, authenticity and affect.

Programme

2.00     Welcome and introduction by the organisers

2.15     Music and composition

Stephen Frosh, Birkbeck, University of London

Illustrated talk on Steve Reich’s composition Different Trains (1988)

Chair: Janet McCabe, Birkbeck, University of London

3.15     Installation art and soundscapes

Esther Shalev-Gerz, artist

Illustrated talk on Holocaust, testimony, the human voice and its silences

Chair: Diana Popescu, Pears Institute, Birkbeck, University of London

4.00 – 4.30      Coffee Break

4.30     Sound in museum exhibitions

Ramon De Marco, sound designer, Idee und Klang Audio-Design

Illustrated talk on exhibition sound design in the new Holocaust Galleries, Imperial War Museum

Chair: Silke Arnold-de Simine, Birkbeck, University of London

5.15     Sound editing

Val Kuklowsky, Hollywood sound designer/editor

Illustrated talk on the use of sound in Son of Saul (László Nemes, 2015)

Chair: Kim Akass/Adele Fletcher, University of Hertfordshire

6.00     Screening of Son of Saul (László Nemes, 2015)

Organisers:

Kim Akass, University of Hertfordshire

Silke Arnold-de Simine, Birkbeck, University of London

Janet McCabe, Birkbeck, University of London

Diana Popecsu, Pears Institute, Birkbeck, University of London

 

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