Saturday, 29 November 2014

Media Performance 4 / Gesture @ Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

November 19th-20th 2014

Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic 

ANNIE GOH | The Dimension of Sound in Flusser’ - Implications for a sonic media archaeology

Although Vilém Flusser’s work is not often associated with music or sound, his writings on music and listening indicate a largely over-looked significance of these in his thought. Reading Flusser’s “crisis of linearity” thesis as a media-philosophical and epistemological model, his critique of Western culture can be expanded upon in the context of contemporary sound studies and its challenge to ocularcentrism. Using the example of archaeoacoustics, the gesture of listening can be re-examined for its implications towards a sonic media archaeology. 

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Sound::Gender::Feminism::Activism at CRiSAP LCC 2014

I am delighted to be presenting a paper at Sound::Gender:: Feminism::Activism 2014 at CRiSAP at LCC in London.

The symposium question is:

What, in the historical present, might constitute an activist life in sound?

Monday, 11 August 2014

Publication of Archaeoacoustics - The Archaeology of Sound

My paper "Myths of Echo - Sound Art and Archaeoacoustics" has been published in Archaeoacoustics: The Archaeology of Sound: Publication of Proceedings from the 2014 Conference in Malta.


Archaeoacoustic research on the intentionality of rock-art placement and echo myths demonstrates with clarity the vast difference between modern Western modes of perception and those of prehistoric/ancient cultures. Comparing the phenomenon of "echo" within modern acoustics to various mythological interpretations across cultures and times, a fascinating chasm emerges which allows us to explore modes of listening between aesthetics and epistemology. The physical explanation of "what an echo is" has de-mythified the phenomenon for us, where it was previously a source of wonder. Despite stemming from wholly disparate cultural domains, sound-art (particularly the German tradition of Klangkunst), overlaps with some aspects of archaeoacoustics. This paper explores how applying Foucault's “archaeological” (and genealogical) method within archaeoacoustics can expose and challenge the historically conditioned nature of our modern listening practices, and proposes artistic research as a potentially valuable contribution to archaeoacoustics. 

ISBN-13: 978-1497591264

ISBN-10: 1497591260 BISAC: Science / Acoustics & Sound

Contributors include: Alejandro Ramos-Amezquita, Panagiota Avgerinou, Ros Bandt, Anna Borg Cardona, Emma Brambilla, Fernando Coimbra, Stef Conner, Paolo Debertolis, Stella Dreni, Richard England, Mairi Gkikaki, Annie Goh, Anne Habermehl, Wouter F. M. Henkelman, Sepideh Khaksar, David J. Knight, Glenn Kreisberg, Selin Kucuk, Esthir Lemi, Torill Christine Lindstrom, Maria Cristina Pascual Noguerol, Riita Rainio, Iegor Reznikoff, Mustafa Sahin, Divya Shrivastava, Katya Stroud, Rupert Till, Steven J. Waller, Nektarios Peter Yioutsos, Ezra Zubrow.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Myths of Echo - Meisterschüler examination show UdK Berlin July 2014

Myths of Echo - Room installation / 6 - channel sound composition (4 standard loudspeakers, 2 ultra-directional loudspeakers), two rotating reflector screens.

Exhibited 22nd July 2014 as part of Meisterschüler exam at University of Arts Berlin, Art and Media - Class of Computation/Generative Art with Prof. Alberto de Campo. 

Friday, 18 April 2014

Gendy Trouble - Sound, Gender and Technology from Xenakis to Butler and beyond

Course description at University of Arts Berlin (Summer Semester 2014)

What does Iannis Xenakis' "Génération Dynamique Stochastique" approach to waveform synthesis (shortened to "GenDy") have to do with Judith Butler's seminal feminist work "Gender Trouble"? Aren't maths, technology, programming and sound gender neutral?

Countering a common perception that this is true, in this seminar we will examine the gendered nature of technology and sound in its construction, distribution and use. We will be reading texts and discussing the following questions;  What is the role of gender within sound and computational/generative art? How does the continued hegemony of the male subject in technology and experimental/electronic music lead to an impoverishment to its development? What can alternative, including feminist, approaches provide in order to challenge and subvert majoritarian beliefs and practices in contemporary media, computer and sonic arts?

Indicative reading list: Judith Butler - "Gender Trouble", Iannis Xenakis - "Formalized Music", Sadie Plant "Zeros and Ones", Tara Rodgers "Pink Noises - Women on Electronic Music and Sound", Luciana Parisi "Abstract Sex: Philosophy, Bio-Technology and the Mutations of Desire", Curtis Roads - "Microsound", Shulamith Firestone - "The Dialectic of Sex - The Case for Feminist Revolution", Susan McClary - "Feminine Endings: Music, Gender & Sexuality", Donna Harraway "Cyborg Manifesto", VNS Matrix - "A Cyberfeminist Manifesto for 21st Century", Valerie Solanas "Scum Manifesto", Anne Carson "The Gender of Sound", Rosi Braidotti Chapter 9 "Discontinuous Becomings" of "Nomadic Subjects. Embodiment and Sexual difference in Contemporary Feminist Theory" 

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Monday, 3 March 2014

Sonic Cyberfeminisms and Its Discontents

My article "Sonic Cyberfeminism and Its Discontents" was published in the CTM 2014 Festival Magazine "Dis Continuity".

In her text, "Sonic Cyberfeminism and its Discontents", Annie Goh takes gender inequalities in electronic music as her starting point to survey the hidden, and less-hidden prejudices which dominate the discourse surrounding it. With a historical look at cyberfeminism, as well as recent work on women in sound and electronic music, she examines the complexities of a debate situated between theory and practice within the festival theme of Dis Continuity .

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Myths of Echo: Sound Art and Archaeoacoustics @ OTSF Archaeoacoustics Conference, Malta

It was great to attend the first ever international conference on archaeoacoustics in Malta 19th-22nd Feb 2014. I did a poster presentation called "Myths of Echo: Sound Art and Archaeoacoustics".

Publication coming out in Summer 2014.