Douglas KAHN, Chris KUBICK.
“A Natural History of Media”
Media technologies have become the last best hope for a dated modernist march into the future only because they are imagined to have no nature. In fact, nature has gone in and out of circuit with modern communications technologies since their inception; natural radio was heard two decades before radio was invented; and communications technologies have never merely been about communications. This talk reintroduces nature into media now that the environmental crisis means that nature no longer exists.
Douglas Kahn, historical theoretician of experimental arts and music; author of Noise, Water, Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts with three new books fortcoming on experimental music, the arts and early computing, and electromagnetism and the arts. He was Guggenheim Fellow on the historical discovery of natural radio and is Professor of Science and Technology Studies at University of California at Davis.
“Electric” explores raw sonic edges and subtle mythologies of the basic source material underlying electric/electronic music: electricity itself.
Chris Kubick, artist, composer and sound designer tracing the limn of sense from non-sense, signal from noise, representation from formlessness, as seen and heard in venues such as Whitney Museum and The New Museum (New York), MOCA and the Getty Center (L.A.), and many others.
7:00 – 7:30pm reception
7:30 – 9:00pm presentations
9:00 – 9:30pm Open Q & A
9:30 – 10:30pm Networking and drinks
Seating is limited, and on a first come first serve basis.