Minimalism: Location Aspect Moment

Host Institution: Department of English and Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton
Locations: Winchester Guildhall and Winchester School of Art
Dates:
14–15 October 2016
Organisers: Sarah Hayden, Paul Hegarty and Ryan Bishop
Contact: minimalismlam[at]gmail.com
Cost: The fee for the conference (including all performances) will be £50. Students, Adjuncts and the Unwaged will pay £25. Both fees include refreshments and all performances. An optional conference dinner will be arranged; this will be payable separately.

Preliminary Schedule

Friday October 14th [Winchester Guildhall, King Charles room]

10.00 -11.00 Registration

11 – 12 Keynote – Keith Potter, Minimalism is Dead: Long Live Minimalism! Music, Repetition and the Postmodernist Dilemma

12 – 13.15  Panel 1 reduction excess

  • Alistair Rider, Minimalism’s Ascetic Tenor
  • Sophie Seita, Minimalist Procedures against the Precious Poem
  • Al Cameron, Nietzsche Rhythm Machine

13.15  Lunch

14.15 – 15.30 Panel 2 in the expanded field

  • Meredith North, The Politics of Seriality: Minimalism and Social Engagement in the Work of Peter Roehr
  • Katya Even, Minimalism as a Language of Generation in Israeli Art of the 70s
  • Davidts Wouter, ‘I am totally uninterested in European Art and I think it’s over with’: Donald Judd’s hat trick at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (1970/ -79/ -87)

15.45 – 17.00 Panel 3 ambient

  • Jonathan Tadashi Naito, ‘Relaxing, Boring, Open, Flat’: Tan Lin’s Ambient Literature, Minimalism and the Contemporary
  • Emre Çağlayan, Dead, Silent, Slow: Notes Towards a Theory of Cinematic Minimalism
  • Robin Purves, Non-Stops

17.30 Keynote – Franz Erhard Walther (chair Stephen Foster)

18.30 Conference Dinner [optional]

20.30 Performance- William Basinski

 

Saturday October 15th [Winchester School of Art, Rooms tbc]

10.00 Keynote – Renate Wiehager

11.30-12.30 Panels 4 & 5 [parallel]

4 transtemporal

  • Natalie Ferris, The ‘how-much-angst-on-the-head-of-a-pin-school’: Minimalism and The Review
  • Marc Botha, The Logic of Intermittency: Minimalism as a Transhistorical Phenomenon

5 set

  • John M. Pymm, Chanting and Chattering: Steve Reich and the Museum of Merchandise
  • Fiona Curran, .Earthed

12.30 -13.30 Panels 6 & 7 [parallel]

6 practice

  • James Davies, Minimalist Poetry and Textual Attractors
  • Daniela Perazzo Domm, Layering and Questioning: Reconfigurations of Minimalism in Jonathan Burrows’ Choreography

7 construct

  • Tara Wilson, Minimalism in Practice: a Post-Structural Paradigm
  • Matthew Bowman, The Crux of Minimalist Criticism

Lunch 13.30 – 14.30

Winchester School of Art Phd students and staff will offer works of art and design, as well as theoretical presentations, engaging legacies of minimalism in the present, including that from Asia. [throughout the day]

14.30-15.30 Panels 8 & 9 [parallel]

8 process

  • Jacob Warmberg, Entropy Reigns: Minimalism Seen Through Robert Smithson and the Sciences of Complexity
  • Declan Synnott, Minimalist Music and Minimalist Input – From Modular Synthesis to No Input Performance

9 exemplary

  • Jelena Novak, Shaggy-Dog Minimalism in Operas by Tom Johnson
  • Emily Zubernis, Minimalism/Modernism: Mina Loy on Constantin Brâncusi’s Golden Bird

 

15.45-17.15 Panels 10 & 11 [parallel]

10 edge

  • Matthew L. Levy, Robert Mangold’s Dialectical Minimalism
  • Hayden/Hegarty, Line and Cut: Defining Modularity in Peter Roehr
  • Morse, Minimalism, Post-minimalism and 1970s Dance: Simone Forti, Trisha Brown and Richard Serra

11 appropriate

  • Anna Moser, Paul Thek: Blakean Iconoclast: Sabotaging Minimalism with the Technological Reliquary
  • Andrew Chesher, Iterations of Phenomenology: From Minimalism to Joëlle Tuerlinckx
  • Cheng-Chu Weng, Making Minimalism Disappear…

17.30 VENUE Keynote performance lecture – Redell Olsen

18.30 Wine Reception – Sponsored by the Hansard Gallery, Southampton

Performance – ‘Noumenal Cheese: The Intolerance Banquet’ (Scott Wilson and Edia Connole)

20.00 Performance- Vomir

CFP: Minimalism: Location Aspect Moment

Minimalism: Location Aspect Moment
14–15 October 2016
University of Southampton/Winchester School of Art

Proposal deadline 29 June 2016.

Confirmed Keynote Addresses:
Dr Renate Wiehager (Head of the Daimler Art Collection, Stuttgart/Berlin)
Professor Keith Potter (Reader in Music, Goldsmiths, University of London)
Professor Redell Olsen (Professor of Poetics, Royal Holloway, University of London) (Keynote Performance Lecture)

See MLAM FINAL CFP 11 May 2016-2 for complete CFP.

 

Registration for Finland Conference

Registration is now open for the conference and we encourage you all to register at the earliest opportunity. Late registration (after September 1st will incur a late registration fee of an additional 20€)

You can register at this website: https://konsta.utu.fi/Default.aspx?tabid=88&tap=2380

A few things to keep in mind before you do so.

  • be sure to have your credit card and other relevant details at hand before you begin the registration process as this might “time out” if you take too long to complete the forms.
  • you may use the following cards when registering: Visa, Visa Electron, MasterCard, Maestro, Diners Club and JCB. Note that American Express is not accepted. Delegates with a Finnish bank account can pay directly using the Finnish online banking system (verkkopankit).
  • if your credit card is not accepted, or if it is not possible for you to pay in one of the above ways, we would advise you to contact the conference secretary (minimalism@utu.fi) to inquire about us sending you an international invoice for the registration fee.
  • note that the registration form will send you automatic confirmation of registration even before payment has been made. Do remember, though, that this will not be considered formal registration (and therefore you will not be entitled to participate in the conference) unless we have evidence on our files that a transaction has taken place. You should receive a receipt for your records once the payment process is complete.
  • be sure to complete all of the relevant sections of the form by correctly ticking the boxes that apply to you (minimalist music society member, non-member, and so on).
  • be sure also to tick the box for the conference dinner on Thursday in Turku if you will be attending.
  • note that student bursaries are still available from the Society for Minimalist Music for those of your who are not salaried staff members at a university and otherwise do not have the financial means to attend the conference.

We recently updated the conference website with details about travel and accommodation, among other things. Further updates are forthcoming.

http://www.utu.fi/en/sites/minimalism-unbounded/Pages/home.aspx
http://www.utu.fi/en/sites/minimalism-unbounded/Pages/How-to-get-here.aspx
http://www.utu.fi/en/sites/minimalism-unbounded/Pages/Accommodation.aspx

Please read these pages carefully for advice on these matters.

Several delegates have asked about the best time to arrive and leave the conference. Our advice is to arrive in time for registration and the welcoming get together and concert on Wednesday evening, and to leave following the conclusion of the conference on Sunday at 12.30, allowing an hour for travel to the airport. Delegates attending the meeting of the Society for Minimalist Music will need to stick around until 2.30 pm.

Note that Wednesday and Thursday nights (23, 24) will be spent in Turku, and you should make your hotel reservations accordingly (taking advantage of the special rates at our list of recommended hotels if you wish). Friday and Saturday nights (25, 26) will be spent in Helsinki and you should make arrangements to stay in Helsinki on those nights. You can naturally do as you wish, but the easiest option for many of you might be to book a return flight to Helsinki and travel onwards to Turku from there with a single (one-way) ticket, either by train, bus or air. Further details can be found on the conference website. We will be organising bus transportation between the two conference sites (in Turku and Helsinki) on Friday evening and this is included in the registration fee.

Look out for updates about keynote presentations and presenters, the conference programme and the like. Keep in mind that a final version of the programme will only be available once registration is concluded early in September, although we should be able to sketch in times for sessions, keynotes, concerts, the conference dinner and other things quite soon.

Welcome, once again, to Turku and Helsinki. We’ll send additional updates in the weeks ahead. If you have any inquiries, please contact the conference secretary in the first instance (minimalism@utu.fi).

Travel Bursaries for Finland Conference

The Society has made funds available to provide some travel bursaries to assist with the expense of attending this year’s conference in Finland. The bursaries will be within the range of £200 up to a maximum of £500. The conditions for applying are:

  • You must be a member of the Society at the time of application;
  • You must be in attendance and presenting a paper at the conference;
  • You should not be in receipt of a full-time academic salary;
  • The lack of a bursary would make it impossible for you to attend the conference.

These bursaries will be awarded on a case-by-case basis by the Society’s Committee, and preference will be given to members who have not received bursaries in the past.

Applications should be sent to Kay Potter at kay.potter@hotmail.co.uk by 31st July.

Bidding for Sixth Conference

Our custom now is to announce at each conference the location of the following conference. That being the case, now is the time to initiate the bidding process for the Sixth MinSoc Conference in 2017.

To that end, please use the Expression of Interest Form that we used in the last round. On behalf of the MinSoc Committee, we’d like to encourage a wide range of applications. In line with our Constitution, that only institutions within the US are eligible to apply on this occasion.

The deadline for receipt of completed forms is midnight (Pacific time) on Monday 7th September.

Please return forms to our Secretary at kay.potter@hotmail.co.uk, and they will be circulated to the committee.

Call for Proposals Extended to April 15

The call for proposals for the Fifth International Conference on Minimalist Music (September 24-27), organised by the University of Turku and the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki, has been extended. Please submit proposals using the links below by April 15.

Paper

Poster

Workshop

All proposed papers, panels and workshops will be subject to peer review. Proposals for individual presentations should not exceed 20 minutes in length with an additional 10 minutes allocated for questions and discussion. Panel proposals should be for a maximum of 90 minutes, workshops a maximum of 120 minutes. Proposals will be accepted only via the online portal.

Three Tales by Steve Reich and video artist Beryl Korot

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Three Tales is a video opera by Pulitzer prize-winning composer Steve Reich and artist Beryl Korot that examines man’s deepening relationship with technology.

Incorporating live orchestra and singers, sampled audio, re-processed historical film and interviews with prescient cultural thinkers, Ensemble BPM presents the first ever staging of its kind at the London Science Museum’s IMAX Theatre.

The work will be presented in association with a conference at the Institute of Historical Research entitled Being Modern: Science and Culture in the Early Twentieth Century, led by Dr Robert Bud, Chief Curator at the Science Museum. Performances take place on 22 and 24 April 2015 – the former date marking the centenary of the first use of chemical weapons in warfare.

Composed in 1998-2002, Three Tales recalls three events from twentieth-century history, exploring technology’s growing dominance in society: the crash of the Hindenburg zeppelin in 1937, nuclear bomb testing on Bikini Atoll in 1946-1958 and the cloning of Dolly the Sheep in 1996.

Ensemble BPM is only the second group to stage Three Tales since the work’s 2002 premiere. The production will be conducted by Artistic Director Nick Sutcliffe, directed by Matthew Eberhardt and produced by Amanda Carrick.

Ensemble BPM will be joined in performance by Synergy Vocals, the world-renowned vocal collective selected by Steve Reich to premiere the work in 2002, led by former Swingle Singer Micaela Haslam.

The production is supported by the Science Museum, Arts Council England, AHRC and The Hinrichsen Foundation.

Minimalism Unbounded! The Fifth International Conference on Minimalist Music. September 24-27, 2015

Organised by the University of Turku and the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki

In this conference we will encourage new debates about the sounds and cultural meanings of minimalist music.

Usually associated with the North American style propagated since the 1960s by composers like Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Terry Riley and La Monte Young, the influence of minimalism on musical life and cross-arts practices extends beyond these now canonical figures and arguably also predates them. This conference will continue to direct focused attention towards the core repertory, but will also encourage work which challenges our assumptions about the boundaries of the style and its significance.

Minimalism Unbounded! will focus above all on the relevance of the minimalist style in the 21st century. The influence of minimalism is especially evident in music performed in multimodal and cross-artistic settings, including film, musical theatre, sound, installation and performance art. It has disseminated and transformed beyond its reductive origins in the musical avant-garde and is today heard in diverse settings, some of them recognisably postminimalist, informed by environmental concerns, inspired by spiritual or mystical ideas, and permeating popular styles and forms including film scores, ambient and drone music, glitch and IDM.

We cordially invite submissions on a broad range of topics representing different disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. We welcome musicologists and composers, cultural theorists and philosophers, inter-arts researchers and music theorists with a view to stimulating lively debate about the past and current state of the art in minimalist music and cognate artistic practices.

We especially welcome work which

  • extends our understanding of minimalism as a sonic, social and cultural practice in the 21st century
  • offers new perspectives on the core minimalist repertory
  • opens new pathways to understanding minimalism as a musical and cross-arts phenomenon, especially how the style has migrated between genres, media and forms
  • offers new perspectives on the different traditions and influences on the style, including precursors of minimalism
  • sheds new light on minimalism in the Nordic region
  • discusses examples of postminimalism which have taken the style in new directions, including drone music and music that draws on alternative tuning systems
  • addresses the rich terrain of intersections of minimalism with popular music and culture, ranging from pop art to IDM.

Keynote speakers (details to be posted later)
Robert Fink
Jelena Novak

Guest composer (details to be posted later)
Kyle Gann

Programme committee
John Richardson (Chair)
Susanna Välimäki (Vice-Chair, University of Turku)
Juhani Nuorvala (Vice-Chair, Sibelius Academy)
Petri Kuljuntausta
John Pymm
Pwyll ap Sion

Registration
The conference fee includes participation in the conference, lunch and other refreshments, the conference programme, a book of abstracts and other relevant material, transportation between Turku and Helsinki, and admission to concerts.

Conference participation fee:
members of the Society for Minimalist Music: 120€
delegates who are not members of the Society for Minimalist Music: 150€
University of Turku and Sibelius Academy students (not including food and refreshments): 20€
conference dinner (not included in the registration fee): 40€

Proposals for individual papers, sessions and workshops should be submitted using the online forms at these links: 

Paper

Panel presentations

Poster

Workshop

All proposed papers, panels and workshops will be subject to peer review. Proposals for individual presentations should not exceed 20 minutes in length with an additional 10 minutes allocated for questions and discussion. Panel proposals should be for a maximum of 90 minutes, workshops a maximum of 120 minutes. Proposals will be accepted only via the online portal.

Deadline for proposals: March 30th 2015 (call opens on January 20th , 2015).

Applicants will be notified of the programme committee’s final decisions by May 15th, 2015

Minimalism Unbounded! will be a dynamic academic and cultural event staged in two cities, Turku and Helsinki. It will include performances of recent and older music, workshops for composers, public talks and debates, and high-level academic presentations and discussions.

The first two days of the conference will take place at the University of Turku, situated in the beautiful city of Turku on the country’s south west coast, a major cultural centre and the former capital of Finland; the final two days will take place at the Sibelius Academy, in Helsinki’s state of the art Music Centre. Travel between the two locations is included in the conference fee (the journey takes approx. 2 hrs). The organisers will post information about travel and accommodation in good time prior to notifications of accepted papers and sessions.

The conference is organised jointly by the Department of Musicology at the University of Turku and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. It is supported by the Society for Minimalist Music (http://minimalismsociety.org ) and the International Institute for Popular Culture at the University of Turku (https://iipcblog.wordpress.com)

Contact email: minimalism(at)utu.fi​​​​​​​

A Study Day on the music of Steve Reich

A Study Day on the music of Steve Reich
Kings Place, London – 14 February 2015
Tickets vis the Kings Place Website

9.30 Registration

10.00 Introduction to the study day – John Pymm, Chair of the Society for Minimalist Music.

10.05 Opening Keynote – An Introduction to Steve Reich’s Compositional Development

Through the Lens of its Reception; Keith Potter (Goldsmiths, University of London)

10.40 Break

11.00 Analytical Perspectives on Steve Reich’s Music

  • Paul Cassidy (Goldsmiths, University of London): On the Anomalousness of Steve Reich’s Four Organs
  • Twila Bakker (Bangor University): New York Counterpoint: Getting to the Core of Reich’s ‘Big Apple’ Piece
  • Jason Jedlicka (Indiana University): Exploring Augmentation in Steve Reich’s Double Sextet

12.30 Lunch

1.15 Political and Aesthetic Perspectives

  • Sumanth Gopinath (University of Minnesota): ‘Short Chord Gets Long Via Augmentation’: Psychedelic Science Fiction, Erotic Sublimation, and the Hermeneutics of Steve Reich’s Four Organs
  • Michael Palmese (Louisiana State University): Disunity and the Act of Memorialization in Steve Reich’s WTC 9/11
  • Victoria Aschheim (Princeton University): History as an Image; Different Trains and Its Sketches Through a Benjaminian Lens

2.45 Break

3.00 Narrativity and the Voice

  • Jelena Novak ( New University of Lisbon): Documentary Singing: Performing the Voice in Music by Steve Reich
  • John Pymm (University of Wolverhampton): ‘On the Right Track?’ Identifying the Various Stories in Different Trains

4.00 Study day ends