Archives for the month of: June, 2012


Free Cinema School Screening

Direct Speech Acts: Solidarities

30 June, 2012

5-7:30 pm


Centre for Possible Studies

21 Gloucester Place (on the corner of George Street)



Join artists in residence, Implicated Theatre, members of the Anti-Raids Campaign, and Arts Against Extradition to experience, film, performance and discussion with artists and campaigners about the ways you can support people facing issues such as long term imprisonment, extradition and detention.



The evening includes a screening of the film, Extradition and a performance elaborating the rights of migrants facing detention and raids.


The film Extradition explores the Extradition Act 2003 through the experiences of two individuals and their families. The act stipulates that any British Citizen can be extradited to the US without their government providing prima facie evidence and looks at  the.cases of Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan who have been detained for eight and six years respectively, both without trial. The film features interviews with human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce, Talha’s Brother Hamja Ahsan, playwright Avaes Mohammad, the fathers of Babar and Talha, framed by Talha’s prison poetry.



The Anti-Raids Campaign was formed to support migrant people and show solidarity with them in situations of raids by the UKBA. The anti-raids campaign has developed tools in multiple languages so that migrants know their rights and non-migrants can support them. The campaign is a growing coalition of groups including Lawas, Precarious Workers Brigade, Stop Deportations and Southwark Action, The Prisma, No Borders, South London Solidarity Federation.   See more info here. <;


Implicated Theatre is an experimental workshop exploring the relationships between political speech and action, the self and the collective, voice and silence. The group involved in the project has come together through the close working relationship of the Centre for Possible Studies and the Migrants Resource Centre. The workshop is facilitated  by participants and Theatre Director Frances Rifkin and are based in the work of the Brazilian director Augusto Boal (1931-2009). Boal’s conception of the ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’ explicitly challenges the divisions between active and passive states or subjects in theatre.

 Recently, Implicated Theatre has collaborated with the Anti-raids Campaign and the Latin American Workers Theatre Group to develop theatre so that people know their rights and possibilities for solidarity in situations of raids and detention.


Direct Speech Acts is part of the Free Cinema School programme at the Centre for Possible Studies. Initiated by artists, it is an ongoing investigation of the relationship between political speech and action in which migrant and non-migrant people come together to develop projects and structures of support through theatre and cinema.   


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Goldsmiths’ MA Aural & Visual Cultures students have curated a series of free public talks and performances exploring the politics of sound in our contemporary environment. Join Leading artists, writers, curators and filmmakers in exploring the practices of listening and the intersection between the auditory and the visual.








Saturday 16 June, 17.00-20.00

Join writer Guy Mannes-Abbott, sound artist Mark Peter Wright and researcher Lawrence Abu Hamdan for a discussion about the value of testimony and the the fidelity of field recordings. Ultra-red and students from the MA in Visual Cultures present recordings from a sound walk, followed by a performance by sound artist Louisa Martin.



Wednesday 20 June, 18.00-21.00

Writer Daniela Cascella, music critic Nick Coleman and poet James Wilkes discuss the intersection between writing and the voice, and explore how the effects of an augmented aurality impact upon the creative experience. Artist Kelly Teh performs her new participatory work, WWW VOX.


Saturday 23 June, 17.00-20.00

How might sonic ecologies define your understanding of your environment? Artist and academic Salomé Voegelin, artist Dan Scott, and award winning filmmakers Factory Fifteen explore how the politics of space can be redefined, recorded or heard. With an acoustic installation by Solina Hi-Fi.




Saturday 16 June




Guy Mannes-Abbott is a writer, essayist and critic. He is the author of a singular series of texts called e.things, which have been exhibited, published and performed alongside the work of leading British artists since 1997. His book In Ramallah, Running was co-produced with ArtSchool Palestine and Sharjah Art Foundation, and will be published by Black Dog this summer.



Artist Mark Peter Wright’s work seeks to illuminate understandings of listening and place. His publications, performances, installations and broadcasts often encounter themes relating to nature, industry and site-specific histories of migration and abandonment. He is also the founder of Ear Room, an online resource co-published by Sound & Music.



Lawrence Abu Hamdan is an artist and researcher. His work investigates the politics and ethics of audition in and of audio research; the politicized nature of voice and the contingent implications upon law have been specific interests in recent works. He is currently undertaking a PhD at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College, University of London.



Artist Louisa Martin explores the notion of ‘character as idea’. Her work is a call for a reappraisal of the imaginary, and for acknowledging the ways in which the fictional and the ‘real’ co-exist and affect each other. She exhibits and performs her work regularly, most recently at Whitechapel Gallery (2012). A collaboration with Rhodri Davies resulted in a Vinyl LP entitled Soldercup, released on Fourier Transform. Louisa is currently working on a commission with Stour Valley Arts.




Wednesday 20 June




Daniela Cascella is an Italian writer based in London. Her research is focused on sound and listening across a range of publications and curated projects. Her most recent work explores Writing Sound in connection to landscape and memory, and fictional tropes in criticism. Her new book En abime: Listening, Reading Writing. An Archival Fiction will be published by Zer0 Books in autumn 2012.,



Nick Coleman is an author, journalist and music critic. His book, The Train in the Night: A Story of Music and Loss, is published by Jonathan Cape.



James Wilkes is a poet and writer who has collaborated widely with scientists, artists and musicians. He has particular interests in voice, radio and landscape, and is currently poet-in-residence at the Speech Communication Laboratory in UCL’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. /



Kelly Teh is a New Media artist, sound engineer and musician. Her new participatory online work, WWW VOX, will bring the concept of ‘stage-sharing’ to The Centre for Possible Studies as a live performance.




Saturday 23 June




Salomé Voegelin is a Swiss artist and writer based in London. She is the author of Listening to Noise and Silence: towards a Philosophy of Sound Art, Continuum, NY, 2010. Her blog writes the experience of listening to the everyday. Voegelin is a Reader in Sound Arts and course director of the MA Sound Arts at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.



Dan Scott is an artist based in Kent and London. Recent projects include Covas do Rio Cover Versions, a vocal cover version of a Portugese village; Radio Yesterday, broadcast for 24 hours on London’s Resonance FM; and an LP release of readings by Iain Sinclair for Test Centre ( Dan is working on a research project with Tate Modern on the use of sound in engaging families with the institution, and is also part way through a PhD at CRiSAP.



Factory Fifteen are a UK based film and animation studio, led by directors Jonathan Gales, Paul Nicholls and Kibwe Tavares. Their backgrounds range from architecture, 3D visualisation, engineering, animation and photography. They translate this to a multi-disciplinary and distinctive approach to filmmaking, creating award winning and evocative films and animations for a range of clients including The British Film Institute, Channel 4, Samsung, European Land and Film4.



Solina Hi-Fi are a multidisciplinary art group whose work explores the relationships between the physicality of sounds, their spatial context and the technological mediums of transmission.



This programme is based on collaborative research developed during 14 week seminar hosted at the Centre for Possible Studies by artists-in-residence Ultra-red and students in Goldsmiths  MA in Aural & Visual Cutlures.

The Implicated Theatre group, based out of the Centre for Possible Studies, has just started a new blog.  More updates coming soon!