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“Ambient (Against)”


Date: Monday 1 June.
Time: 5 pm.
Place: The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, The Studio.
Address: Maria skolgata 83, 2nd floor, Stockholm.
Language: English.
Guests: Seth Kim-Cohen + Regler (Mattin and Anders Bryngelsson)
Seth Kim-Cohen is an artist, musician and critic. Together with Regler (Mattin and Anders Bryngelsson) he will present a performance lecture.

For each performance or recording, Regler choose one genre of music to work in and impose a strict set of rules on themselves. The collaboration will revolve around Kim Cohen´s 2013 book Against Ambience. Ambient will be the chosen genre. Using text from the book and other sonic sources they will work within a set of rules to create an ambient critique of ambience. There will be discursive musical and conceptual content.


Seth Kim-Cohen generates output in numerous fields and media. He is the author of Against Ambience (2013), In The Blink of an Ear: Toward a Non-Cochlear Sonic Art (2009), and One Reason To Live: Conversations About Music (2006). He is working on a new book, The Future of No Future: Rock and Roll vs. Modernism. His performances, installations, text, video, and sound works have been presented on all but two continents. Artforum has called his work "collegial and awkward, a real-life mistake framed by a semi-fictitious context... an allegory for experimental thinking in general." He earned his PhD from the University of London in 2006. He is Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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Mattin is an artist from Bilbao (currently living in Stockholm) working with noise and improvisation. His work seeks to address the social and economic structures of experimental sonic artistic production through live performance, recordings and writing. Using a conceptual approach, he aims to question the nature and parameters of improvisation, specifically the relationship between the idea of ''freedom'' and constant innovation that it traditionally implies, and the established conventions of improvisation as a genre. Mattin considers improvisation not only as an interaction between performers and instruments, but as a situation involving all the elements that constitute a concert situation, including the audience and the social and architectural space. He tries to expose the stereotypical relation between active performer and passive audience, producing a sense of strangeness and alienation that disturbs this relationship. He is currently doing a PhD at th e University of the Basque Country under the supervision of Ray Brassier and Josu Rekalde. He has edited with Anthony Iles the book Noise & Capitalism and in 2012 CAC Brétigny and Tuamaturgia published Unconstituted Praxis, a book collecting Mattin´s writing plus interviews and reviews from performances that he has been part of. Both books are available online.

Anders Bryngelsson as a musician is concerned with repetition. Working in projects such as Brainbombs and No Balls with pieces built around simple repeated chord patterns or rhythms.

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