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Attitudes to Listening
Institute of Contemporary Arts
December 2022
Oliveros in the Fort Worden Cistern, 1988

Equally nervous and ecstatic, the fast permutation of patterns can create a state where time stands still whilst simultaneously being in motion. Is this propulsive music moving forward or backward?
– On Caterina Barbieri’s Ecstatic Computation, 2019

Drawing upon ancient and contemporary musical practices, producer object blue hosts a seminar and workshop exploring the theme of ecstasy through music.

In today’s fast-paced visual culture, what role does music play in creating ecstatic experiences? Why do we regard clubs and mass-dancing as transcendental?

To consider these questions and experiment with different attitudes and schools of listening, object blue will guide a discussion and group listening session featuring work by various composers and musicians, including Alice Coltrane, Caterina Barbieri, Hildegard von Bingen and Pauline Oliveros.
Born in Tokyo, raised in Beijing and now resident in London, experimental club music producer ob-ject blue blends techno and sound design in a way that’s both cerebral and body-moving. Following Do you plan to end a siege? and REX (both 2018), her latest EP FIGURE BESIDE ME (self-released, 2019) explores themes of love and ecstasy.
02:00 pm
Sun, 09 Feb 2020
£7 Full, £5 Concs/Green, £3 Blue Members

The discussion will be followed by a drinks reception in the ICA bar.

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