[ARENA] ISCI Sound Summer School with David Grubbs and Jan St. Werner

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From: David Grubbs 
Date: Tue, 8 Dec 2020

Dear Friends: 

Here is the call for applications for a seminar that Jan St. Werner and 
I are teaching in Lisbon in July through UC Berkeley's Institute of 
Speculative and Critical Inquiry.  Please feel free to forward this to 
any folks that you think would be interested -- thanks!


Collaborative Experimentation in Sound
An Institute of Speculative and Critical Inquiry and Fábrica Braço de 
Prata Summer School
Faculty: David Grubbs and Jan St. Werner 
July 12-17 2021, Lisbon 
Tuition: €650

David Grubbs and Jan St. Werner will lead participants in 
multidisciplinary explorations of sound, body, and space, combining 
traditional and theoretical knowledge with hands-on experimentation in 
using sound as an art form. How can we approach sound as something 
other than morphology or sign? What happens when we bracket musical 

Participants in this hybrid workshop/seminar will be guided through a 
process of collaborative research and critical and creative production, 
with five days of instruction culminating in a public event that will 
combine performances, readings, demonstrations, and discussions. A 
fundamental orientation for these collaborative efforts will be that 
“everyone does everything,” on the understanding that the most fruitful 
collaborations occur when individuals are able to gain practical 
experience of every relevant mode of production. Readings, viewings, 
and listenings will be assigned both prior to and during the workshop, 
and they will provide artistic and theoretical reference points for our 
work and discussions. Writing, both individual and collaborative, also 
will feature prominently, especially with a view toward language as 
sonic material and practice.

Grubbs and St. Werner look forward to working with individuals with 
diverse skills representing a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds, 
and encourage people to apply who have experience in fields such as 
sonic arts, sound studies, electronic and computer music, performance, 
dance, installation, art history, critical theory, and literature 
(particularly poetry and experimental writing practices).

All instruction as well as the performance will take place on site at 
Fábrica Braço de Prata; tuition includes full lunch and full dinner 
from Fabrica’s restaurant each day. Enrollment will be capped to ensure 
a seminar atmosphere. If Covid restrictions remain in place, we intend 
to hold the event while respecting social distancing measures.  

To apply, please send to isci  theisci.org <mailto:isci  theisci.org> a letter of interest, your 
cv, and a sample of your work (provide a link for large files) and 
indicate that you are applying to the “Collaborative Experimentation in 
Sound” summer school. (Please also indicate the title of summer school 
in the subject line of your email and combine all written files into 
one pdf.)  

Applications are rolling but initial reviews will begin in early 
January, so please apply early to guarantee full consideration and in 
order to arrange institutional funding if applicable. Note that the 
Institute of Speculative and Critical Inquiry presently cannot provide 
financial aid and may be slow to respond to inquiries about that 

David Grubbs is Professor of Music at Brooklyn College and The Graduate 
Center, CUNY. At Brooklyn College he also teaches in the MFA programs 
in Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) and Creative Writing. 
He is the author of The Voice in the Headphones, Now that the audience 
is assembled, and Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, the Sixties, 
and Sound Recording (all Duke University Press) and, with Anthony 
McCall, Simultaneous Soloists (Pioneer Works Press). Grubbs has 
released fourteen solo albums, appeared on more than 190 releases, and 
was a member of the groups Gastr del Sol, Bastro, and Squirrel Bait. He 
is also known for his ongoing cross-disciplinary collaborations with 
poet Susan Howe and visual artists Anthony McCall and Angela Bulloch. 

Jan St. Werner is an artist and electronic music composer based in 
Berlin. Widely recognized as one half of the electronic music group 
Mouse on Mars, he has also pursued a solo career creating music under 
his own name as well as Lithops, Noisemashinetapes, and Neuter River. 
Starting in the mid-1990s as part of Cologne’s A-Musik collective, St. 
Werner has released a steady stream of records both as a solo artist 
and with Mouse on Mars. He has collaborated with Oval’s Markus Popp as 
Microstoria and contributes music for installations and films by visual 
artist Rosa Barba. During the 2000s Werner acted as the artistic 
director for STEIM, the Dutch Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music. In 
2013 St. Werner released Blaze Colour Burn, the first of a series of 
experimental recordings called the Fiepblatter Catalogue. St. Werner 
has been a visiting lecturer at MIT’s Program in Art, Culture and 
Technology (ACT) and currently serves as Professor for Interactive Art 
and Dynamic Acoustic Research at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg.

David Grubbs
Professor of Music
Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA)
Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY
http://pima-brooklyncollege.info <http://pima-brooklyncollege.info/>

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