Hank Bull’s “Notes for a Research on Hearing”

May’s reading: Hank Bull’s Notes for a Research on Hearing

Wednesday, 25 May 2011
LIFT (1137 Dupont)
7 PM

Facilitated by Hank Bull and cheyanne turions

In conjunction with the 2011 Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art, the inimitable Hank Bull has been invited to select a reading in relation to his upcoming performance with the festival.

Compiled in 1987, Notes for a Research on Hearing was born of a New Year’s day conversation about the sounds we all hear in our heads. Where do these noises come from? What happens between the ear and brain? Bull has compiled a trove of ruminations on the subject, ranging from Friedrich Nietzsche to John Cage to Gertrude Stein to Jacques Derrida. Connected by Bull’s narrative of grappling with the subject–including his own family’s history of deafness–Notes for a Research on Hearing is a hypothesis about the relationship between hearing, balance and the written word.

Participation in No Reading After the Internet is free and open to everyone, regardless of their familiarity with a text or its author. Texts will be handed out at the salon. No pre-reading or research is required.

Hank Bull is an artist born in Calgary, Canada, in 1949.  He arrived to Vancouver in 1973 and joined the Western Front, one of Canada’s first artist-run centres. There his practice expanded to include performance, video, radio and telecommunications art. His work is represented in the collections on the National Gallery of Canada and the New York Museum of Modern Art, and was included in the Venice Biennale, 1986, Dokumenta 9, 1987 and ars electronic 1989. Interested in networks of exchange, he has travelled widely and collaborated with artists from all over the world. In 1999, he was a co-founder of the Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Centre A), where he continued as executive director until 2010.

The event is co-presented with the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto and the Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art.


Travels with Tooy by Richard Price and the film work of Ben Russell

May’s Reading: excerpts from Travels with Tooy by Richard Price and the film work of Ben Russell
Tuesday May 17 2011
VIVO Media Arts [1965 Main Street], Vancouver BC
7pm Salon Free
Facilitated by Alex Muir

This month we will attempt to place a few excerpts from the ethnographic work of Richard Price in conversation with the experimental film practice of Ben Russell. The common denominator for these two entities is work with and about the Saramaka Maroons of Suriname–one of themost prominent and enduring Maroon communities in the world. Price’s book Travels with Tooy (2007) provides entry into the culture and history of the Saramakas via Tooy, a priest who reveals and upholds his genealogy through his work as a healer and storyteller, but also as a trance medium through which the spirit kin of his ancestors directly speak and teach. In placing this text in proximity to Russell’s feature length minimalist long take study Let Each One Go Where He May (2009) and his Trypps series of shorts (2005-10), we mean to entertain very open questions pertaining to psychedelia, perhaps specifically in a “new world” context–and how it might relate to the condition explored through the Maroon phenomenon–forging new indigeneities in a foreign context.

While not mandatory or necessary, you are encouraged to check out Ben Russell’s screening at DIM on Monday, May 16.

Richard Price is an American anthropologist. He and his partner Sally Price have been working with the Saramaka peoples from the 1960s through to the present day. His books on Maroon culture have taken on such diverse forms as a novel, annotated transcription of evening storytelling/singing ceremonies, and poly-vocal historical testimony.
Ben Russell is an experimental filmmaker based in Chicago. His recent works pursue the idea of “psychedelic ethnography”, tracing the hallucinatory through objects and ritual in films made in locales such as the Badlands, Providence, Suriname, and Dubai.

image: Ben Russell, Trypps #6 Malobi, 2009