Visiting Practitioner Series 2020/21

The 2020/21 Season of SARU Visiting Practitioner seminars will be online but with a theme of intimacy. All events will take place via Zoom and are entirely free to sign up to and join. Register in advance via Eventbrite.


Monday 5th October 2020, 18:00-20:00 GMT: Nisha Ramayya (poet)

Monday 7th December 2020, 18:00-20:00 GMT: Lily Hunter Green (composer and visual artist)

Monday 1st February 2021, 18:00-20:00 GMT: Kristen Gallerneaux (artist and curator)

Monday 12th April 2021, 18:00-20:00 GMT: Tom Tlalim (artist and musician)

S01E01      Nisha Ramayya

Monday 5th October 2020, 18:00-20:00 GMT

In this session, Nisha Ramayya will introduce and read from her poetic sequence ‘Now Let’s Take a Listening Walk’, part of the ongoing project Crossing the Rackety Bridge Between Tantric Poetics and Black Study. These poems began during a residency at John Hansard Gallery, at the exhibition Many voices, all of them loved, curated by poet and academic Sarah Hayden. The exhibition invited visitors to consider how ‘our voices bring us into relation’ by listening to embodied and disembodied voices in the art gallery; challenging the authority of the acousmatic; and dwelling in the unintelligibility of the marginalised, non-verbal, and other-than-human. In response, Ramayya’s poetic sequence suggests a series of speculative soundwalks, through spirals, caves, divine ears, wormholes, whalesong, and vasculature. In an attempt to dismantle the hierarchy of visuality and attendant conceptualisations of knowledge in terms of seeing, light, and revelation, the poems experiment with what it means to learn through listening, to experience through obscurity, and to find sense through sound. Applying ideas about sound and language found in the Sanskrit-English dictionary and Tantric treatises on sonic metaphysics and mantras, Ramayya tries to write poems that listen and that make explicit their contexts and processes of listening. The playlist includes Fred Moten, Ellen Fullman, Moby Dick, Alice Coltrane, Star Trek, and more, as the poet explores relation, race and diaspora, the future, desire and disgust, aboutness, and what Dhanveer Singh Brar calls ‘the racial policing of the experimental’.

Nisha Ramayya grew up in Glasgow and is currently based in London. Her collection States of the Body Produced by Love (2019) is published by Ignota Books. Recent publications include ‘A Basket Woven of One’s Own Hair’ in The Hythe; ‘Following Ten Million Dinner Parties’ in Flatness; a ‘Memo on Multiplicity’ in Frieze; and ‘Notes on a Means without End’ in Poetry Review. In Spring 2020, Ramayya was Poet in Residence for the group exhibition Many voices, all of them loved at John Hansard Gallery, Southampton. She is a member of the ‘Race & Poetry & Poetics in the UK’ research group and a lecturer in Creative Writing at Queen Mary University of London.

S01E02      Lily Hunter Green

Monday 7th December 2020, 18:00-20:00 GMT

Lily will open her talk with an overview of the global decimation of the bee community,  she will explain the multiple and interacting reasons why so many bees are dying worldwide, outlining contributing factors to this loss, including climate change and habitat loss, concluding with an analysis of the implications on human well being and health in a world devoid of bees. She will then introduce and elucidate the thinking and mechanics behind her multi-discipline digital art project: Bee Composed Live, a virtual reality immersive honey bee habitat that has been conceived to make an exciting new creative case for biodiversity, and which has involved the construction of an innovative and dynamic ‘hive-mind’, i.e. unique collaborations with a number of participating musicians, artists, scientists, digital coders and beekeepeers. Bee Composed Live blends digital experiences, contemporary opera, dance and music with original audio-visual soundscapes and footage composed and harvested from a working piano bee hive. She will show audio and visual samples of the work in progress with a particular focus on two interactive elements of the hive mind: Tuning In and Silencing the Virus, both of which have been informed by research work undertaken in collaboration with scientists at The Gurdon Institute at the University of Cambridge. The talk will conclude with a reflection on the potential transformative power of the arts. And beyond that, the importance of collaboration: the building a multi-discipline, multi-practice, hive mind, to make the global case for the bees. 

Lily Hunter Green is a UK-based contemporary composer and visual artist. Lily has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Her exhibitions include Bee Composed Live (SNAP EXHIBITION: Aldeburgh); The Wild Card (Sadler’s Wells: London); Creative Climate Symposium (Keynes Library: University of London); Tuning In (Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts: China), and Cross-Pollination (516 ARTS: Albuquerque, US). She is an Associate Research Fellow at Birkbeck College where she undertook an artist residency between 2017-2019. Part of the SARU Online Seminar Series 20/21. Free to attend. Please register in advance.

S01E03      Kristen Gallerneaux

Monday 1st February 2021, 18:00-20:00 GMT

Kristen Gallerneaux is an artist, curator, and sonic researcher. She is the Curator of Communication and Information Technology at The Henry Ford Museum in Detroit, Michigan, where she continues to build upon one of the largest historical technology collections in North America and is the author of High Static, Dead Lines (2019), a literary mix tape that explores the entwined boundaries between sound, material culture, landscape, and esoteric belief, published through MIT University Press.

S01E04      Tom Tlalim

Monday 12th April 2021, 18:00-20:00 GMT

Tom Tlalim is an artist, musician and researcher whose work explores the relation between sound, technology and political power. His practice includes installations, sound art, films and text. His artwork examines sonic artefacts, voice and spaces as ideological devices. His recent exhibitions include Tonotopia and The Future Starts Here, both at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Art in the age of Asymmetrical Warfare at Witte de With in Rotterdam, Hlysnan at Casino Luxemburg, The Venice Architecture Biennale (with Susan Schuppli / Forensic Architecture). The Marrakech Biennale, and Stroom The Hague. His film was nominated for the Tiger award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and his regular collaborations with the choreographer Arkadi Zaides are performed widely to critical acclaim.

About the SARU Visiting Practitioner Series

Co-convened by Dr Matt Parker and Dr Patrick Farmer as part of the Sonic Art Research Unit, in the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes, The SARU Visiting Practitioner Series invites a selection of internationally acclaimed artists, writers, curators and researchers to host an online seminar in a format of their choosing. Attendance is free via Zoom but registration in advance is required.