A research seminar by Christof Migone (Western University, Ontario)
5pm, Wednesday 13 March 2019, Creativity Zone, University of Sussex
(co-sponsored with the Department of Music, with support from Sussex’s Centre for Research in the Creative and Performing Arts)
An artist talk by a talk artist that would prefer not to. Tying the tongue. Pausing awkward, parsing breaks. Hemming, hawing. Para-positioning. Hyper-hyphenating. Improvisation is. Verbing to be. Concrete, most-ly. But still, abstract. As far as you can for as long as you can, as if you could but you doubt you’ll be able to, or at least you never have and it would be a miracle if you ever did. A reflection on erasure and effacement, negation and mutism. A reflection on how these states of willed nullification, and the bemusement they engender, might serve as some of the pre- and post- conditions of possibility for change, however minueted. Tongue sticking. Out.
Biography: Christof Migone is an artist, teacher, curator, and writer. He co-edited the books Writing Aloud: The Sonics of Language (Errant Bodies Press, 2001) and Volumes (Blackwood Gallery, 2015). In 2006, the Galerie de l’UQAM in Montreal presented a mid-career survey of his work accompanied by a catalog and a DVD entitled Trou. A book compiling his writings on sound art, Sonic Somatic: Performances of the Unsound Body was published in 2012 by Errant Bodies Press. He has been the recipient of commissions from the Tate Modern, Dazibao, Daimon, Kunstradio, Centre for Art Tapes, New Adventures in Sound Art, Radio Canada, New American Radio. He is a founding member of the sound-centric artist-run center Avatar (Québec City). He currently lives in Toronto and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University in London, Ontario.