Field Studies Spring Workshop
Field Studies is a four-day masterclass led by acclaimed international artists and composers, complemented by a programme of workshops, evening lectures, screenings and performances. First taught in 2010 and originally conceived as a field-recording course exploring sound in the context of architecture and the city, Field Studies attracts students from many different backgrounds due to the course’s eccentric curriculum and the people who teach it.
- Sam Auinger (A)
- Michael Klïen (DE)
- Claudia Molitor (UK)
- Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda (JP)
- Joseph Kohlmaier
- Stefan Kraus
- Melanie Pappenheim
Field Studies is an opportunity to learn how sound can be recorded; how hearing affects the way we perceive places and space; and how ‘sound’ can operate as a paradigm and starting point in creative practice and discourse. At the same time, the question of sound tends to move to the periphery as the course develops, in favour of other questions that may be about music, notation and choreography; recording and observation; public space, citizenship, or simple acts such as cooking and eating together. Adopted from a short essay by Paul Valéry that represents the value of distraction and practice over theory, this year’s subtitle pays hommage to the most interesting of these: how can a group of strangers, within a matter of a few days and often entirely without programme, form an ‘ensemble’ and develop something like a performance based on a common sense of purpose?
Field Studies is organised by Musarc, a research and teaching programme led by Joseph Kohlmaier at The Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University. Musarc explores performance and composition in relation to the creative process; investigates listening in the context of architecture and the city; and has at its heart one of London’s most progressive amateur choirs.
The fee for Field Studies is £350 for professionals and £290 for students (£250.00 for CASS students).
The course is limited to a maximum of 40 participants. To apply, please send a short statement to Joseph Kohlmaier firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is 1 April 2014. Studio materials, recording equipment and lunch will be provided. You should bring your own laptop and install basic sound editing software (free software available – we can advise). You need to arrange your own travel to and from the faculty, and accommodation if you live outside London.
- Website: field-studies.org
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