Talks and contributions by Whitney Battle-Baptiste J.-P. Caron Rana Hamadeh Su Yu Hsin Cécile Malaspina Mattin Sahej Rahal Martina Raponi Jan St. Werner The Society of False Witnesses with Jessika Khazrik & Ahmad Beydoun and Inigo Wilkins

With interventions by artists from the CCC Research-Based Master program: Mbaye Diop Matthias Paulus and Ruyun Xiao

Framework by Patricia Reed


As Sylvia Wynter's genealogy outlines, the historical sedimentations unleashed since early Euromodernity have culminated in an unprecedented situation for human forms of life: the need to navigate a planetary environment in common. Such scales of coexistence, often characterized by concepts of "interdependence" and "entanglement", are not synonymous with sheer enormity, yet what they inherently do is disrupt familiar perspectival frameworks bound to the specificity of location. For Denise Ferreira da Silva, "entanglement" contests the very social and epistemological foundations of Euromodernity as underwritten by a paradigm of separability, summoning a prompt to conceptualize "difference without separability". If the world as we know it, has been spurred on through the invention of a spatializing framework (traceable to Renaissance perspectivalism, through to the ubiquitous grid found in most modeling software), how are we to refigure the very spatiality of inseparability that embeds the possibility for planetary forms of inhabitation? What does it mean to sense from, and inhabit conditions of inseparable spatiality that does not presuppose homogenisation of particularity? For the planetary to denote a substantial, cosmological shift in orientation, discovering location and orientation within our socio-technical milieu demands a conceptual and perceptual recalibration of the spaces we concretely inhabit. Why? Because said alterations affect understandings of agency (doing things in a world), and accountability (relational consequences for those doings).

In this symposium we will depart from the premise that planetary entanglement is a noisy, inseparable space, in both acoustic and informational understandings of the term, looking at how the arts can participate in projects of perspectival recalibration, otherwise said, in processes of localisation.

The day will unfold in broadcast form, with contributions in various formats from lectures, annotated listening sessions, screenings, dialogues, with student interventions as glossary and diagrammatic intervals to guide the episodes.

Master Symposium of the Visual Arts Department at HEAD Genève 2022 is coordinated by the CCC in conversation with TRANS and work.master at HEAD Genève.

  • Prequel
  • 10:00-10:35
    Patricia Reed
    Welcome | Establishing Problem Space
  • Season 1
  • 10:35-11:10
    Society of False Witnesses with Jessika Khazrik and Ahmad Beydoun
    Cartography of Darkness
  • 11:10-11:25
    J.-P. Caron
    Exemplifying Anonymity Part I
    Annotated Listening Session
  • 11:25-11:35
  • 11:35-12:10
    Jan St. Werner
    Spatial Jitter

    Jan will lead us on a preview tour of his new installation "Spatial Jitter," opening 8. April at Lenbachhaus/Kunstbau in Munich. The site-specific composition transforms the Kunstbau into a gigantic polyphonic acoustic instrument. Experimenting with the spatialisation of sound as an experience in acoustic perspectivism, listeners are exposed to a fractal listening experience as they move throughout the space.

  • 12:10-12:40
    Sahej Rahal
    Live Artist Talk
  • 12:40-13:00
    Selection: Roberta Settels
    Isolation!, Part I - Landscape With 3 tape-recorders And...
    Annotated Listening Session
  • 13:00-13:55
    Lunch Break
  • Season II
  • 14:00-15:00
    Cécile Malaspina
    Epistemology of Noise
    Live Interview
  • 15:10-15:50
    Whitney Battle-Baptiste
    Co-editor of W. E. B. Du Bois's Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America
    Author of Black Feminist Archaeology
  • 15:50-16:00
  • 16:00-16:15
    Su Yu Hsin
    Frame of Reference I & II
  • 16:15-17:00
    Inigo Wilkins
    Value Capture and Fugitive Noise

    The talk will outline how the concepts of value and noise cross philosophical, scientific, political and artistic concerns. It will historically situate the significance of the concepts from the operationalization of statistics at the onset of Western modernity to the redefinition of information and noise in the twentieth century, leading up to its current condition in surveillance capitalism. It will discuss value and noise in terms of those forms of power and their resistance, and point to some of the ways this conflict has been expressed and enacted in music.

    Async. Video Lecture
  • 17:00-17:20
    Rana Hamadeh
    Étude #1: On Recitation
    Async Video/Audio
  • 17:20-17:50
    Martina Raponi
    _NNNV_the ULP experiment_
    Async Video/Audio
  • 17:50-18:00
    J.-P. Caron
    Exemplifying Anonymity Part II
    Annotated Listening Session
  • 18:00-[...]
    Wrap Up