Sung Tieu: Acousmatic Paranoia

Sung Tieu, Preparatory design for Exposure to Havana Syndrome (with the support of Gunar Laube), 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Emalin, London.
Sung Tieu, Preparatory design for Exposure to Havana Syndrome (with the support of Gunar Laube), 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Emalin, London.
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How do sonic frequencies redefine spaces of conflict? Can sonic fictions introduce new political possibilities and auditory imaginaries?

The second instalment of the symposia series Sonic Continuum, our long-term research strand investigating social architectures of time and practices of world-making through sound, features our exhibiting artist, Sung Tieu, thinkers and musicians to explore sonic warfare, and the psychoacoustic dimensions of fear.

Acousmatic Paranoia expands on Sung Tieu’s artistic practice, which questions geopolitics, sonic infrastructures and their factual ambiguity. In her talk, Tieu discusses her research on acoustic weaponry, from the “Ghost Tape 10,” an audio track used in the Vietnamese-American war, to “Havana Syndrome,” as well as their psychological, media and political aftermath. Tieu interrogates how journalistic language and advertising strategies, are used to convey political beliefs and discusses her first publication, co-published in collaboration with Haus der Kunst, Munich, in dialogue with Cédric Fauq, Exhibitions Curator at Nottingham Contemporary.

Talks by AUDINT members, Hyperdub founder Steve Goodman (Kode9) and sound scholar Toby Heys as well as philosopher Luciana Parisi* and discuss uses of acoustic force and the sonic mobilisation of bodies in conflict scenarios, the near-future scenario of military research in hypersonicity and augmentations of audition to include the inaudible, informed by theories of post- and in-humanism.

Programme details will be added soon. (*) Denotes remote contribution.

Curator: Sofia Lemos, assisted by Ryan Kearney. In collaboration with the Creative and Digital Interdisciplinary Research Cluster at the University of Nottingham.

Free. Booking recommended.

Steve Goodman is an electronic musician (under the name Kode9), artist and writer. He has released three albums on the label Hyperdub which he founded in 2004, four mix compilations as well as numerous singles and remixes. His book Sonic Warfare: sound, affect and the ecology of fear was published in 2009 (MIT Press) and he co-edited and contributed to AUDINT’s collection Unsound: Undead in 2019 (Urbanomic) His sound art has been installed in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, the Barbican and Arebyte Gallery, in London, and at CAC Gallery in Shanghai.

Toby Heys is the Head of the School of Digital Arts (SODA) at Manchester Metropolitan University. He works with the AUDINT research unit which had its anthology Unsound: Undead published by Urbanomic in 2019. His monograph Sound Pressure: How Sound Systems Influence, Manipulate and Torture was published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2019.

Luciana Parisi is Visiting Professor of Literature at Duke University. Her research lays at the intersection of continental philosophy, information sciences, digital media, and computational technologies. Her publications address the techno-capitalist investment in artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and nanotechnology to explore challenges to conceptions of gender, race, and class.

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