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Soundwave ((5)): The New Humanity Conference: The New Order
San Francisco Art Institute, Lecture Hall
San Francisco, CA
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Soundwave ((5)): The New Humanity Conference: The New Order
Panel Discussions and presentations on the future of our sonic traditions, rituals, acoustics and storytelling. Co-sponsored by SwissNex San Francisco

Part Two of The New Humanity Conference focuses on new concepts and paradigms of community and culture. Panel discussions featuring Soundwave artists and musicians, and leading philosophers investigate the future of our sonic traditions, rituals, acoustics/acousmatics and storytellinghow we make sense of the physical/spiritual worlds and how this affects our current and future societies. With artist-audience interactive demonstrations and Q&A sessions for those wishing to learn more about the artists' innovative work and creative process.

7:00p Presentations
"Hearing Could Be Believing"  Paul Klein (Chair, Design & Technology, San Francisco Art Institute)
Klein will address the idea of constructing a "world symphony" of knowledge that extends beyond how visual mediums traditionally reinforce the assertion "seeing is believing." While "hearing is believing" may be thought of as the seductive alternative, it really deals with the unsaid soundscape of the mind, the interface between the visual and the aural, which becomes a critique of the way we represent our social and political experience.
"A Quest for Inefficient Systems"  Laetitia Sonami (Sound Artist, Performer, Instructor SFAI)
Sonami questions the expansion of instruments which rely on existing behaviors as opposed to creating new ones. The instrument mirrors our interaction with the world, and one has to wonder why most instruments rely on more and more buttons and switches. How many more buttons does one need? Why not create inefficient systems which would require adaptive behaviors and a new apprehension of the world?

"Digital Culture and the Future Present"  Jake Levitas (Research Director, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts)
Digital culture explores applications of tools and media which are, by definition, continually changing and evolving. The nature of this work requires being conscious of its ephemeral nature while simultaneously seeking to create work which is lasting and timeless. San Francisco's Gray Area Foundation for the Arts is a nonprofit dedicated to building social consciousness through digital culture  Levitas will review how GAFFTA's work and community have continued to evolve since their founding in 2008, and discuss the intricacies of operating a cultural organization grounded in a shifting technological landscape.

"EcoDomics & the Aesthetic(s) of the Common(s)"  Ignacio Valero (Associate Professor, California College of Art)
The emancipatory potential of Aesthetics, largely emptied of its sense-making and world-making significance, via highly speculative neoliberal art markets, is becoming a mere shadow of its self, often left literally hanging on the walls of the temples of finance and the hyper-mansions of the 1%. We will explore the idea of EcoDomics, as an attempt to come to our senses through an "aesthetic(s) of the common(s)"A biopolitical art of living and making (in) common(s)

8:45p Panel: The New Order: Architecting the Future Sonic
Artists lead us into new ways of thinking about the world around us. What new paradigms and traditions of sound practice, performance, artmaking and interaction can we inspire? How do new relationships to our physical and spiritual worlds affect current societies and those to come? How can artists activate in an overgrown technological, overstimulated world?

Panelists: Jacob Felix Heule (percussionist & musician), Danishta Rivero (sound artist & musician), Matt Stines (theater composer), Polly Moller (composer/improvisor) and Laetitia Sonami (sound artist).

Moderated by Tania Ketenjian (Journalist/Producer, The UnObserved, NPR, BBC World Service)

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San Francisco Art Institute, Lecture Hall (View)
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
United States




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