Network – 20/11/07

26 10 2007

Network Event - 20/11/07

Networks without nodes, a reworking of Paul Baran’s On Distributed Communications: 1. Introduction to Distributed Communications Network (1964)

:: Network – 20/11/07 ::

A network is any system of interconnected points / locations, nodes, which become greater, augmented, than when in isolation. While emphasis is most often placed on the nodes, it is the connections / links / lines / flows, the spaces between, the hinterland of the network, and their resulting mesh / matrix, which provides the site, means and context for the networks ability to transfer and transform. Similarly art can be thought of as a space in-between:

“The work of art occupies a pivotal point between two sets of behaviour, the artist’s and the spectator’s. It is essentially a matrix, the substance between. It exists nether for itself nor by itself.” (Ascott, R. 2003, Telematic Embrace)

On November 20th Open Ear will host an event curated by Garrett Lynch ( entitled Network presenting performances on this theme. The line-up for the evening will be as follows:

Proposals to contribute to this event are still being accepted, please see the call for works below.


:: Call for works ::

Sound and visual artists / groups working with networks as a thematic or technical element to their work within live performance contexts are invited to contribute to the event. Proposed performances can include the use of networks to dynamically generate or enhance performance, to collaboratively create a performance through a network, to discuss the nature of networks and their impact on society etc. All proposed performances are required to be audio-visual, audio or visual with selection preference given to audio-visual works. Performances can last up to a maximum of 30 minutes each.

As the event is free we are unable to offer individual payment but will provide access to a supply of equipment (please include a list of requirements in your proposal and we will attempt to cater for this) at the venue, suitable refreshments and possibly accommodation if required. Contributions to the event will be included in the DVD of all six events published by the C3U Music Label later in 2008.

Proposals should take the form of a word / pdf / rtf / txt document (two pages maximum) with:

  1. A description of the work (500 words maximum).
  2. Images to give us an idea of the proposed work.
  3. A full list of required equipment (please note that the event will host several performers so complex configurations involving lengthy set-up times will not be catered for).
  4. Urls to previous examples of work online.
  5. A short bio (200 words maximum).
  6. Artist(s) / group / performer(s) name and contact details.

Please email proposals as attachments (not pasted into the email) to Garrett Lynch (garrett [at] asquare dot org) no later than 12pm (GMT), Friday 02/11/07.


:: The Venue ::

Canterbury Christ Church Broadstairs Campus, situated on the east coast of Kent, England approximately 30 minutes from Canterbury, opened in 2000 with a wide selection of higher education courses. The campus is committed to the arts and cultural regeneration of the area and regularly host’s events, exhibitions and performances on site.

Address: Canterbury Christ Church University, Broadstairs Campus, Northwood Road, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 2WA, England.

Detailed information on how to get here can be found on the university website.

Open Ear, audio-visual events and performances 2007 – 2008 are supported by Canterbury Christ Church University.


Interference videos

19 10 2007

Below are videos of the four performances from Interference curated by Paul Adams, the first of the six events running from October 2007 to April 2008 by Open Ear. Our next event Network will happen on the 20/11/07 which there is currently a call for works – info to follow shortly on the evenings details and line-up.

Above an extract of Prif Arc – visual sound by Paul Adams

Above, Mick Grierson – Mabuse audio visual synthesis

Above an extract of RE:soundings (interference variant) by Garrett Lynch

Above an extract of Sinetone/-/Deathmetal by Paul Adams


17 10 2007

The first of Open Ear’s six curated themed events Interference passed without any major incident last night (apart from our projected texts being lost half way through the evening due to a dead battery) and seemed to be enjoyed by all who attended. Open Ear would like to thank Mick Grierson, our first of many special guests, who gave a superb and highly animated performance.

Below are some photos of Mick Grierson demonstrating his “Mabuse” audio-visual software along with Paul Adams performing with his sound frequency textural paint environment “PrifArc” Videos of all the evenings performances will follow shortly.

Mick Grierson - Interference

Paul Adams - Interference