The Malevich Symposium series brings together experts from the arts and sciences, providing them with a platform for the exchange of knowledge between their disciplines. The Power of Sound, the second in our series of Malevich symposiums, will explore the role of sound in communication, music, religious ceremonies, healing and using sound as a weapon; tracing its evolution from tribal chanting to digital download.

We are opening a debate to explore the nature of sound and the impact it has on contemporary society. The symposium will begin by discussing communal experience in art and sound and will continue by exploring sound in science, spiritual ceremony and psychology. This will be followed by an immersive installation and performance by London-based artist Haroon Mirza.

The event is FREE, but registration is required.

THE POWER OF SOUND SYMPOSIUM PROGRAMME

15.30 RECEPTION Welcome drinks and introduction

16.00 COMMUNAL EXPERIENCE IN ART AND SOUND

What drives the human need for communal experience? How has sound transmitted cultural narratives throughout human history? What role does sound play in religious ceremonies historically and geographically? Have museums become contemporary versions of multi-sensory religious practices intrinsic for sacred spaces? What are the ways of use of sound in contemporary art practice? How can acoustic and sensory information provoke an amplified awareness of the artistic message? 

17.00 SOUND IN SPIRITUALITY, CEREMONY AND PSYCHOLOGY

What is the physical nature of sound? How does it change its behaviour in different environments: on our planet, and in outer space? How can sound be used for healing? How is sound used in psychotherapy? How do new technologies and sciences explore the possibilities of sound as a weapon? How do the artificial sounds from our digital landscape influence our life? 

18.00 INTERVAL

18.30 HAROON MIRZA’S VISUAL AND SOUND PERFORMANCE

19.30 EVENT ENDS 

Haroon Mirza was born in London in 1977 where he lives and works.He has a BA in Painting from Winchester School of Art, an MA inDesign Critical Practice and Theory from Goldsmiths College (2006)and an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design (2007).

Haroon has won international acclaim for installations that test theinterplay and friction between sound and light waves and electriccurrent. Mirza asks us to reconsiderthe perceptual distinctions between noise, sound and music, anddraws into question the categorisation of cultural forms. “All music isorganised sound or organised noise,” he says citing Edgar Varèse. “Soas long as you’re organising acoustic material, it’s just the perceptionand the context that defines it as music or noise or sound or just anuisance” (2013)

During The ‘Power of Sound’ symposium, Haroon will perform his sound and visual piece “The Construction of an Act”.

  • Date: 27 February 2020
  • Malevich Symposium 180 The Strand, Surrey Street Entrance, London, WC2R 1EA
  • Time: 3.30pm-7.30pm
  • Tickets: FREE, but Eventbrite registration is required
  • Website: http://malevich.io/#/symposium