Inaugural [HE]Arts of STEM conference and festival, Feb 24th and 26th, Belfast and Derry/Londonderry, in association with NI Science Festival and FabLab NI



ISSTA recently took part in the [HE]Arts of STEM (Higher Education Arts of STEM) conference and festival at Ulster University in Belfast and Derry, which included creative works from ISSTA members and a number of guest lectures on topics such as spatial sound, sound and memory, architectural acoustics and the maker movement.

This event provided an opportunity to promote ISSTA as part of the NI Science Festival. We also had the chance to work with our partners for ISSTA 2016, FabLab NI.

Further details of the event can be found here: https://heartsofstem.wordpress.com/

Also check out the Flickr page here: https://www.flickr.com/heartsofstem

The event was favourably received and Ulster University is planning on developing this into an ongoing series. ISSTA members who are interested in getting involved with future events or who have ideas (creative works, academic presentations, workshops, etc.) can contact Brian Bridges at vice-president@issta.ie.

Women in Sound/Women on Sound Symposium

Women in Sound/Women on Sound symposium 2015
Women in Sound/Women on Sound symposium 2015

This symposium explores the practice, influence and prominence of women who work in and have contributed to the field of sound studies.

The symposium takes place on the 13th of November 2015 from 10-7 at Lancaster Institute of the Contemporary Arts (LICA), Lancaster University.

Works presented will include paper presentations and audio installations.

Women’s role in sound has largely been excluded from academic texts. The author Douglas Kahn in his seminal work, Noise Water Meat, noted that there have been no ‘fruitful studies of females’ in sound studies, though there exist numerous contributors to various sound disciplines. However, there are now some seminal texts that have been written by women on sound, which have contributed to various fields of sound studies from ecology to music technology and listening practices. These authors include Pauline Oliveros, Andra McCartney, Hildegard Westerkamp, and Emily Thompson, to name a few. There are also publications which have sought to give voice to those working as creative sound practitioners such as the books Her Noise and Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound.

Nonetheless, what has emerged in recent studies is the increasing lack of women participating in sound events, especially those technologically driven (Oudshoorn and Pinch 2003; Oudshoorn, Rommes, and Stienstra 2004). There is evidence that gender exclusion for various social reasons has played a role in shaping young females participation in sound, music and technology (Armstrong 2011; Born et al. 2014; Cooper 2006; Gauntlett 2008). We hope that this project will have an impact on the wider role of women in sound by supporting those who work in sound and giving voice to those who have contributed historically. Following the symposium the Interference Journal: a journal of audio cultures, will publish a special report on the event.

Submission details

Please submit an abstract of 200 words max for paper and sound submissions. For sound submissions we can accept works for stereo,  headphone works and audio video works, please submit 2 min sample of the work (only one submission per person) via a yousendit or web download link such as dropbox.

All submissions must be sent to l.okeeffe@lancaster.ac.uk by 12 midday on the 1st of October. You will be notified of acceptance by 7th of October.

MANTIS (Manchester Theatre in Sound) Presents concerts at Music Since 1900 Conference, at Liverpool Hope University.

MANTIS (Manchester Theatre in Sound) is presenting 2 concerts next week at Music Since 1900 Conference, at Liverpool Hope University. There will be compositions presented by MANTIS composers David Berezan, Danny Saul, Brona Martin, Constantin Popp, Daniel Barreiro and Ricardo Climent.
More information here:
I will be performing my piece again that was performed at ISSTA 2013,  The Thing about Listening is….

Deeply Listening Bodily Retreat

Deeply Listening Body Retreat

University Of Limerick, Ireland, August 4th-8th 2012

A Healing and Creative Movement Retreat.

This retreat will focus on the study of the healing and meditative practices of T’ai Chi and Qi Gong, as well as offering movement/sound/and listening improvisations and strategies. The practices are designed to enhance our skills in mindfulness, listening, and attuning to our bodies and voices as instruments of creativity and well-being. We will practice techniques that help us to release stress, and to quiet and nurture ourselves as we build energy and experience the philosophy of the Tao, the ancient Chinese wisdom teachings of balance and interconnectedness. There will be time and space for individual and group creativity and playfulness to emerge. The retreat is designed for participants to have the opportunity to be with oneself and to also have the support and camaraderie of the group. There will be blocks of time when we will be practicing in silence (no talking mode) and other times for spirited verbal interaction and sharing. Additionally there will be daily themes based on principles from the teachings that can help focus our attention and invite new insights

What: Deeply Listening Body Retreat

When: 4th-8th August 2012

Where: University of Limerick, Ireland

With:        Heloise Gold and Sean Taylor

Apply:     Patricia Moriarty, Arts Officer,

University of Limerick.

For registration and further information

contact: ularts.office@ul.ie

Tel: +353 86 893 0919.

TANK Event in Cork

Saturday 14th Jan

Robin Parmar : Mick O’Shea : Harry Moore : Ed Devane : John Daly

Live, improvised electronic music at the Triskel ARTS CENTRE, CORK   2-4PM


Official DMARC Launch

Digital Media & Arts Research Centre (DMARC)
Official Launch: Reception and Performances

Date:  Thursday 12th May 2011
Location: University of Limerick, ICO Building @ 5 pm
University of Limerick, Computer Science building @ 7pm

Featuring: Trevor Wishart, Encounters in the Republic of Heaven (for eight loudspeakers)
Family Filter (live audiovisual performance)
Amoebazoid (live electronic music performance)

The DMARC opening will be marked by a reception and performance featuring the Irish premiere of Trevor Wishart’s new work, “Encounters in the Republic of Heaven”, for eight loudspeakers. The launch will also feature a performance by Family Filter (a new audiovisual project from Dublin artists Pixelcorps and Sunken Foal) and Berlin Based electronic artist  Amoebazoid.

Admission to all concerts is free. The performance of Trevor Wishart’s work will take place at 5 pm at the Irish Chamber Orchestra building which is located on the Clare side of the campus close to No 15 on the campus map http://www.ul.ie/main/places/campus.shtml  The reception and live electronic/audiovisual performances will commence at 7pm in the Computer Science building (number 7 on the campus map).


Our colleagues are busy with a new event:

The-Link-Project present a weeklong festival of interdisciplinary music at Project, Cube, East Essex Street, Dublin, March 7th – 12th 2011. Workshops, mini-concerts, improv sessions, artist talks and two explosive main events.

Check it out


Events Spring 2011

Cork/Limerick events – Spring 2011
Posted on December 28, 2010 by tony.langlois
Forwarded message from Dobz O’Brien”

National Sculpture Factory 2011 Programme: ‘Just listen’ & ‘Terminal Convention’.

Just want to let you know of 2 events early next year that you would be interested in.

First one is just listening which is part of a bigger Sound Art event, just listen, we will be running in April and the second one which we are involved with, in March, is a large project called Terminal Convention (devised by Static Gallery) which includes an exhibition, a conference, art fair and music festival in the now decommissioned Airport terminal at Cork airport. (see attachment)