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In the Making #4: Marcel Cobussen, MinJi Kim, Kevin Fairbairn and Nele Möller, Ecology and (Sounding) Art

Sunday 24 March 2024
West in the former American embassy
Lange Voorhout 102
The Hague

The Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) of Leiden University and art institute West Den Haag are pleased to announce their close collaboration in the new public series In the Making. In six public sessions they will present to the public different practices of research in the arts.

Artistic production has always expressed the forms in which we know, explore, and sense the world we live in. The current practice of research in the arts consciously assumes this exploration. In the past decades the focus on research in the domain of the arts has grown – as well as its role in universities and other research contexts – expressing its engagement with the realities of the world at large.

In the Making will address how artists conduct their research. Guest artist researchers and artist researchers from Leiden University will present their projects, approaches to research, methods and results. Each session will address questions inherent to these projects. In the Making aims to deepen a perspective which conceives of artistic practice not as the sole product of individual visionaries but as a collective endeavor embedded in society. It addresses the role of art in the construction of the present and the creation of possible futures.

In the Making #4

This session will address two fundamental questions:

What can the arts — and sounding art in particular — contribute to the liveability of a densely populated area like ‘De Randstad’?

How can sounding art have an active and substantial role in thinking about and dealing with issues like biodiversity, climate change adaptation, heat stress, and/or water-related issues?

About the speakers

Minji Kim — ACPA PhD candidate — is a sound artist and instrument builder working on the relation between sound and ecology in coastal areas in The Netherlands and South Korea. 

Kevin Fairbairn — Postdoc at ACPA — is a musician and a scholar, working around the edges of installation, improvisation, composition, and craftsmanship. 

Marcel Cobussen — Professor of Auditory Culture at ACPA — investigates how redesigning public sonic spaces can enhance the general well-being of both humans and nonhumans.

Nele Möller — KU Leuven and LUCA School of Arts PhD candidate — is a Brussels-based artist working primarily in sound, performance, and writing. Her research-based practice focuses on forest conversations, historical nature inscriptions, critical field recording and listening practices. 

Kim, Fairbairn, and Cobussen are also members of ACPA’s newly established Sound Studies Center.

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