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Training in Urban Photography

From 2nd-14th August 2010, Dr Christina Horvath attended a Summer School in Urban Photography, offered by Goldsmith College in London. This highly intensive two week-course developed in collaboration between Urban Encounters and the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR), provided participants with practical and theoretical training in key aspects of urban photographic practice. Designed for artists and researchers who address notions of urban space and culture, the program explored how the practice of making urban images might inform the development of a reflexive and critical research perspective. The course was particularly relevant to the research and teaching of Dr Horvath who currently works on representations of Paris in contemporary French literature and cinema and offers modules on urban narratives. Funded by the Stuff Development Fund, this training opportunity enabled Dr Horvath to establish a link between her scholarly research in the field of urban theory and her photographic practice and helped her develop new inventive research methods with a strong orientation towards the cultural and the visual. Her pictures were shown at Goldsmith College along with other participants’ photographic work in an exhibition inaugurated on the 14th August 2010. 

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Sonic Art Research Unit visit STEIM

During 2009-2010 members of the SARU from Fine Art and Music have been collaborating with International Visiting Fellow Jos Zwaanenberg on the creation of a series of new works. Efthymios Chatzigiannis, Paul Dibley and Paul Whitty from Music visited STEIM in Amsterdam in June to work with Jos Zwaanenberg on a performance of their new works. STEIM is a centre for the research and development of instruments & tools for performers in the electronic performance arts. Early Career Fellow in Sonic Art Stephen Cornford has also created a new work for Jos which will form part of a CD release featuring all of the works... watch this space for more news!

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Music lecturer to speak about Verdi at the Proms and on Radio 3

Senior Lecturer in Musicology Alexandra Wilson will be one of the speakers taking part in the BBC Proms Intro event on Sunday 18 July at the Royal College of Music. Together with fellow musicologist Roger Parker (King's College London) and Radio 3 presenter Louise Fryer, she will be discussing Verdi's 1881 opera Simon Boccanegra, exploring its music, historical contexts and performance history. The opera will be performed at that evening's Prom by the Royal Opera, conducted by Antonio Pappano, with a cast that includes Placido Domingo in the title role. The concert will be broadcast live on Radio 3, and highlights from the Proms Intro talk can be heard during the interval.

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Research Co-operation Between Oxford Brookes University and Florida Atlantic University

Dr Christina Horvath Senior Lecturer in French has been awarded a £1500 travel grant by the British Council to visit Florida Atlantic University in early September 2010. The aim of the proposed visit is to initiate a new interdisciplinary research co-operation between researchers from Oxford Brookes University, UK, and Florida State University, US. The research expertise of Dr Christina Horvath and Dr Frederic Conrod lie in the field of suburban culture in contemporary France, a fast-growing and dynamic research area in French studies which demands to be explored from a variety of point of views combining approaches in comparative literature, film studies, urban sociology, cultural studies and architecture. Infamous for the riots in November 2005, the most serious civil unrest France experienced since the Algeria war, ‘banlieues’ are troubled suburban communities. Isolated from the centre, these huge housing projects built in the 1950’s and 1960’s to relieve housing shortage, have gradually become ghettos containing a dense concentration of minority ethnic populations. These disadvantaged neighbourhoods are suffering from high unemployment and crime rates and insufficient social services. Narrative works concerned with their representation are today a vibrant part of the rapidly growing field of post-colonial culture in France.

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New book seeks to popularise opera

Senior Lecturer in Musicology Alexandra Wilson's latest book, Opera: A Beginner's Guide (Oxford, Oneworld Publications), is published on 1 June. Based in large part upon the Opera and Politics module Alexandra teaches at Brookes, the book is aimed at a wide international audience of students and opera-goers. As well as introducing readers to operatic history and terminology, the book discusses how operas have been performed, filmed, received and politicised, and explores their place in the modern world. Rescuing opera from tired cliches, Alexandra shows how the art-form engages with concerns relevant to contemporary audiences such as gender, race, politics and media. Her book has already been praised by reviewers for being 'engaging', 'enlightening' and 'easily readable', and for making 'a huge contribution' to the popularisation of opera.   

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Sonic Art Research Unit at the Cutting Edge

New project from the Sonic Art Research Unit to be featured in the Sound and Music Cutting Edge Series on November 19th 2009.

This project brings together two opposing sound-worlds; the hard-edged amplified sound of [rout]; and Okeanos’ distinctive and subtle interleaving of Japanese and Western timbres. The Sonic Art Research Unit at Oxford Brookes University instigated the project and invited eight composers with Japanese or British roots to develop new works through a series of laboratories and work-in-progress sessions. Importantly composers have had the opportunity to spend time exploring the unique timbral possibilities presented by the Sho, Koto, Shakuhachi and Shamisen as they combine with Live Electronics, Signal Processing, Computer Applications including MaxMSP and PureData, the amplified instruments of [rout], and the Western Classical instruments of Okeanos. So if you ever wondered how a sho sounded when played through a Phase Shifter and combined with amplified double-bass played through a PureData patch; or how a bass-clarinet and sho sound when played together in unison – you’re going to find out. The first performance of the project outputs is part of the Sound and Music Cutting Edge Series and will take place at The Warehouse, London, on November 19th 2009.

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WIRED at the Cutting Edge

Jane Chapman performs works from the Sonic Art Research Unit project WIRED at the Sound and Music Cutting Edge Series on November 7th 2009. Paul Dibley's INV III is played in full whilst Paul Newland and Paul Whitty have developed new works for harpsichord, electronics, dancer, and film that will be premiered at the event.

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Vauxhall Pleasure in Oxford

Composer Paul Whitty and visual artist Anna Best’s collaboration Vauxhall Pleasure draws upon past history, present condition and future plans of a location whilst exploring the relationship between political protest and entertainment, traffic and pedestrians, pollution, breathing and song. A multi-part protest piece originally developed as a site performance at Vauxhall Cross Gyratory, Vauxhall Pleasure has since been developed into a chamber ensemble performance, sound installation, and film that will take place in the historic Holywell Music Room as part of the OCM Autumn Series on November 7th.

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Alexandra Wilson on BBC Radio 3

Senior Lecturer in Musicology Alexandra Wilson will feature on "CD Review" on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 25 July. In conversation with Andrew McGregor, Alexandra will explore recordings of music by the little-known late-nineteenth-century Italian composer Giuseppe Martucci. A contemporary of composers such as Puccini and Mascagni, Martucci turned his back on the world of opera in favour of orchestral and chamber music.

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The Domestic Soundscape

Felicity Ford creates podcasts for Cut & Splice co-produced by Sound and Music and BBC Radio 3.

The Domestic Soundscape is a specially commissioned podcast series for Cut & Splice: Living Rooms. Researched, recorded and produced by Felicity Ford - currently completing a PhD in Sonic Art at Oxford Brookes - the series will feature an array of sonic experiments, artists' conversations, sounds, home-recordings and compositions. Exploring the relationship between domestic space and the artists' imagination, The Domestic Soundscape podcast series will investigate the role of domestic appliances, daily routines, habits, rooms and home-recordings in contemporary sound art and composition practice.

Cut & Splice: Living Rooms brings together some of the world's leading sound artists and composers for a two day festival of performance, installation, video, broadcast, podcast and discussion that explores the beauty, memory and personal identity of sound in domestic environments. The event is set in one of London's most atmospheric spaces, Wilton's Music Hall, the last surviving and oldest grand music hall in the world.

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