The following is an excerpt from an interview that Dylan Robinson gave for a SFU graduate course taught by SpokenWeb team member Clint Burnham. The full transcript will appear in the forthcoming publication Resistant Practices in Communities of Sound, a collection of critical work and interviews edited by Deanna Fong and Cole Mash. Dr. Robinson will also give a plenary lecture for the upcoming Listening, Sound, Agency Symposium taking place from May 18-23, 2021.
What struck me immediately in my chat with Dr. Julia Polyck-O’Neill is her attentiveness to relationality’s many frequencies. Her writing on conceptualism’s legacies and Canadian avant-garde scenes, particularly the Kootenay School of Writing, is necessitated by relations, whether building trust with her research subjects, or investigating the porousness between media and form in artists’ interdisciplinary practices. I was thrilled to learn more about Julia’s current research on digital and feminist interventions into preservation protocols for artists’ archives, which she is pursuing as a postdoctoral project at York University’s Sensorium Centre. She was generous to share some of her emerging revelations on archival intimacies, like being invited to pore over the private collection of poet Lisa Robertson, and oddities (including an archived pizza box!).
Article, Interviews, SPOKENWEBLOG | Adrian Piper, archives, artists' archives, conceptualism, digital humanities, feminist praxis, Gregory Betts, interdisciplinarity, Lisa Robertson, Sensorium Centre, The Kootenay School of Writing
I was excited to talk with Andrew McEwan, whose research on Weiner’s performance of Clairvoyant Journal speaks to these very textual and aural qualities of the work. After speaking with Andrew, I returned to Weiner, listening for what he—provocatively, to use his own terms—theorizes as her “selvesothers.” I invite you to do the same and to reflect on how it might shift your reading.
Article, Interviews, SPOKENWEBLOG | Andrew McEwan, Clairvoyant Journals, Claude Gauvreau, Disability theory, Hannah Weiner, Listening-Sound-Agency-Forum, Madness theory, New York, PennSound, performance, Public Access Poetry, Selvesothers
Mêler les Arts, Sciences et Cultures: À L’écoute des Métamatériaux Acoustiques avec Georges Roussel (Post)
Cet hiver, Stéphanie et Mathieu ont eu le plaisir de discuter avec le groupe de chercheurs et artistes derrière le projet « Auxauralités ». Voici notre entretien avec Georges qui nous parle plus en détail de son travail collaboratif sur les métamatériaux acoustiques. – –
This winter, Stéphanie and Mathieu had the pleasure of discussing with the group of researchers and artists behind the “Auxauralités” project. We interviewed Georges to talk in greater detail about his collaborative work on acoustic metamaterials.
Article, Conferences, Interviews, SPOKENWEBLOG | 3D Printing, Artificial, Artificiel, Auralisation, Auxauralités, BetaLab, Imprimante 3D, Listening-Sound-Agency, Listening-Sound-Agency-Forum, metamaterial, métamatériaux, Université de Montréal, Université de Sherbrooke, UQAM
Two years ago today, Klara du Plessis and Deanna Fong participated in the event Listen Deep: Poetry, Sound and Multitudinous Remix, curated by Margaret Christakos and hosted at the University of Toronto on 8 March 2019. What follows is a brief description of the event’s activities, and then a transcription of a conversation that they had shortly after the event.
Article, SPOKENWEBLOG | Anne Bourne, Canisia Lubrin, Charlie Petch, Deanna Fong, Deep Curation, Donia Mounsef, Klara du Plessis, library, Margaret Christakos, Moez Surani, Oana Avasilichioaei, performance, Sachiko Murakami, script, transcription, University of Toronto
On Literary Machine Listening and Pedagogy: The Praxis Studio with Julie Funk, Faith Ryan, and Jentery Sayers (Post)
This summer, I reached out to Jentery Sayers with some questions about his research on voice user interfaces. He told me his research had veered in new directions and proposed that we discuss other related projects happening at The University of Victoria, where he teaches, and runs the Praxis Studio for Comparative Media Studies. He suggested I get in touch with Julie Funk and Faith Ryan to learn more about what’s happening at the lab, which I did. Here’s a peek into their innovative work: ‘literary machine listening’ and teaching audio in fiction in the classroom.
Article, Interviews, SPOKENWEBLOG | audio in fiction, Faith Ryan, Jentery Sayers, Julie Funk, Listening-Sound-Agency-Forum, literary audio, Literary Machine Listening, Pedagogy, Readers are Listening, SpokenWeb Symposium, The Praxis Studio for Comparative Media Studies, The Praxis Studio UVic, University of Victoria
Calling Kaie Kellough an ancestral voice is maybe presumptive or even paradoxical, considering the bold aesthetic leaps in his work, and his widening reputation as a necessary innovative voice among a rising generation of writers in Canada. Whether it be in the circuitry between voice, image, and jazz of his collaborative “UBGNLSWRE” with musician and composer Jason Sharp and Kevin Yuen Kit Lo, or in the lyrical torrent of his Magnetic Equator, winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize (McClelland & Stewart, 2019), Kaie’s poiesis is undeniably futurist. It’s from the futurism of his writing, however, that the ancestral surfaces. He is attuned to the frequencies of many Black histories unfolding all at once. The ‘past’ still reverberates with the same intensity. By weaving memoryscapes across continents in Magnetic Equator and the fiction collection Dominoes at the Crossroads (Véhicule, 2020), Kaie’s work splashes in history’s restlessness. History never knocks politely. It seeps in through the floorboards. Kaie is unafraid to go down with its tide.
Article, Interviews, SPOKENWEBLOG | "Listening, Afua Cooper, Calgary, Caribbean, Dionne Brand, Dominoes at the Crossroads, dub poetry, Fabrice Koffy, H. Nigel Thomas, Kaie Kellough, Kalmunity Vibe Collective, Lillian Allen, Listening-Sound-Agency, Listening-Sound-Agency-Forum, M. NourbeSe Philip, Magnetic Equator, Montreal, oral performance, the Wailers, The Words and Music Show
Back in the summer of 2020, still in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic and its wide-ranging social restrictions, MA student Andrew Roberge initiated an interview with Listening, Sound, Agency symposium participant, Andre Furlani, whose recent research explores the poetics and politics of ambulation, or, walking. In this interview, learn more about Furlani’s research into the relationship between walking and sound, and about his interest in particular kinds of soundwalks. The topic seems especially poignant now, so many months into the pandemic, when walking, and simply being outside and listening, have become cherished activities for much needed sensuous experience, and for our sense of connection to our environments, and to others (even if, at a distance).
Article, Interviews, SPOKENWEBLOG | acousmatic, Andra McCartney, Andre Furlani, Balade Montrál Equinox, Cities, Eastern Townships (Quebec), Gary Winogrand, J.M.G. De Clézio, Listening-Sound-Agency-Forum, Montreal, Soundwalk, Soundwalking Interactions, Walking
Jason Wiens’ interest in teaching poetry with sound recordings has led his critical attention back to a tradition of textual analysis that emerged in France in the late 1970s, known as “genetic criticism” (La Critique génétique), with its interest in approaching texts as entities whose emergence is traceable through the study of “avant-texts”. In this interview conducted by Jason Camlot, Wiens talks about recent experiments and assignments he has used in teaching Canadian poetry with sound recordings, and explains his interest in genetic criticism as it relates to the study of audiotexts.
Article, Interviews, SPOKENWEBLOG | Audiotexts, Can Lit, Deanna Fong, deformance, Flywheel Poetry Series, genetic criticism, Kootenay School of Writing, Pedagogy, poetry, Roy Kiyooka, SGW Reading Series, Sir George Williams Poetry Reading Series
It seems appropriate that Dr. Katharina Fuerholzer would recommend the soundtrack to the hit series ‘The End of the F***ing World’, considering the state of the world, but more too, her work on aphasic poetry in Harryette Mullen’s ‘Sleeping with the Dictionary’. The songs are fitting— romantic and unnerving— in the way that Mullen’s dictionary— “In the dark night’s insomnia, the book is a stimulating sedative, awakening my tired imagination to the hypnagogic trance of language”—is. Listen to the soundtrack while you read the following interview (and, let it spill into your other work), where I talk to Katharina about aphasic poetry, interdisciplinarity, and the femme aphasique. Here, we consider aphasia’s varied metaphoric, medicinal, and literary meanings.