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Seth Kim-Cohen: Forming, Informing, Recording, Erasing, Copying, Deleting

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Join us for a special lecture titled Forming, Informing, Recording, Erasing, Copying, Deleting by Seth Kim-Cohen and co-presented by Discipline and Liquid Architecture as part of the ongoing public lecture series Histories and Theories of Sound.

In the late-1960s and early-70s, the form of information was shaped, calibrated, modulated – one might even say created – by new technologies of mechanical reproduction. In both state surveillance and in Conceptual Art, tape recorders and photocopiers transformed the value and meaning of information.

Seth Kim-Cohen considers recordings such as The Nixon White House Tapes, produced as bargaining chips, blackmails, coercions, meant to go unlistened to until such time as Nixon needed them. In contrast, Christine Kozlov’s tapes, part of Conceptual Art’s first wave, are recordings trapped in acoustic amber, similarly made never to be listened to. They exist as the accounting of a bound and gagged hostage (the recorder), held for the eventual attention of an unidentified eavesdropping ear.

The recordings under consideration here are unlike musical recordings, podcasts, or audiobooks distributed to a listening audience, traveling to, and often with, a listener who had no hand in their production.

Seth Kim-Cohen is an artist, musician, and writer who makes as little distinction between these categories as he can get away with. He is author of Against Ambience (2013), In The Blink of an Ear: Toward A Non-Cochlear Sonic Art (2009), and One Reason To Live: Conversations About Music (2006). His gallery-based practice – which Artforum describes as “collegial and awkward, a real-life mistake framed by a semifictitious context” – has been presented on all but three continents. His bands Nil/Resplendent, The Fire Show, and Number One Cup have released eight full-length albums since 1995. Kim-Cohen is Associate Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Seth Kim-Cohen is presented in Australia by Liquid Architecture with the support of Melbourne Law School and the Digital Citizens Research Network. This event is supported by City of Melbourne.

Discipline is a publisher and contemporary art journal edited by Helen Hughes and David Homewood. Alongside artist pages and interviews, it publishes research essays about contemporary Australian art, and histories and theories of contemporary art as a global industry or phenomenon.

Liquid Architecture is an Australian organisation for artists working with sound. LA investigates the sounds themselves, but also the ideas communicated about, and the meaning of, sound and listening. Our program stages encounters and creates spaces for sonic experience, and critical reflection on sonority and systems of sonic affect. To do this, we host experiences at the intersection of contemporary art and experimental music, supporting artists to produce performances and concerts, exhibitions, talks, reading groups, workshops and recordings in art spaces, music venues and other sites.

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