Voice/ Presence/ Absence
An interdisciplinary conference on voice and the arts
Voice/Presence/Absence is an interdisciplinary conference organised by the Creative Practice and Cultural Economy Research Strength of the University of Technology, Sydney.
The conference will explore new approaches to the study of voice in the context of arts and humanities, performing practices and new media.
The focus of the conference is:
- Voice in/and artistic practices;
- Voice and theory (philosophy, psychoanalysis, aesthetics, semiotics, gender studies, literary studies, reception theory etc.);
- Voice and technology (amplification, manipulation, recording and archival, technologies of the body, etc.);
- The relationship between theory and practice (in the performing arts, creative writing, media art, etc.);
- The relationship between voice and ideas of subjectivity.
From the experiments of the historical avant-gardes, through the experimental art of the mid 20th Century to the digital revolution, and throughout the developments of postcolonial studies and the so-called post-structuralist turn, theory and creative practices have engaged with voice, its use and its manipulations, in ways that configure a variety of complexly interwoven paths: Dada, Artaud, Bene, Lacan, Dolar, Derrida, Blanchot, Bakhtin, Cavarero, Portelli are only a few now canonical examples of thinkers and artists who contribute to the understanding of the human voice beyond the boundaries of their specific disciplines.
Voice/Presence/Absence is devoted to both the mapping of these intertextual networks and the articulation of original interdisciplinary frameworks to think voice in/and the arts today.
Workshop: Your own voice on the threshold to music
with Walli Höfinger & Christiane Hommelsheim
This workshop focuses on recapturing "music", out of the hands of the specialists of form and culture, trusting your intuitive competence in music, making it your own, finding your own sense of music, beyond virtuosity and style. You will have the opportunity to explore what "music" means within your voice, and how to allow your own music to emerge. The workshop will include deep physical and vocal preparation, individual lessons and group improvisation, where we will play with the connection of voice and body and voice and perception. We will move into new territory of our voices beyond the areas that we are habitually using. This workshop is open to all.
When: 16-17 February 2013, 11 am - 3 pm
Where: Performance Space, Building 3, UTS (map)
Cost: $190, single day bookings accepted
Walli Höfinger is an Austrian performance artist, voice performer and Roy Hart Voice Teacher based close to Berlin. She works equally solo and in different formations together with artists of other fields in interdisciplinary projects. She originally studied "New Artistic Media" with Ulrike Rosenbach in Saarbrücken, parallel she started working in the contemporary dance field. Since then develops her own original work focusing on movement/acrobatics, video-installation, composition and voice. Since 2009 she is an approved Roy Hart Voice Teacher (Malérargues, France) and regularly teaching voice-workshops in Germany and all around Europe.
Christiane Hommelsheim is vocalist, voice performer, improviser, videomaker and voice teacher. In her artistic work she is researching the particularities and possibilities of her own voice in the system of connections between voice, body and consciousness. Since 2010 she is a Roy Hart Voice Teacher, certified by the "Centre Artistique International Roy Hart" in France and teaches regular workshops in Germany, Belgium, Austria and France. She is also teaching individual classes in Berlin and occasionally does vocal coaching for theater and dance productions.
- 14 February 2013 to 15 February 2013
- City - Broadway
- All Welcome
- $200 AUD
$100 AUD - students
- Malcolm Angelucci