AAJ Press
Architecture & Design, Conference / Symposiums, Music, Sound

Field Studies: Cours de Poetique. London Metropolitan University. 
14 – 17 April 2014


Akio Suzuki. Photo by Keiko Yoshida

” A sculpture can be heard before it can be seen”  Joseph Beuys, 1982.

Field Studies is a four-day masterclass led by acclaimed international artists and composers – Sam Auinger, Michael Klien, Claudia Molitor, Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda, Melanie Pappenheim, Stefan Krauss and Joseph Kohlmaier – complemented by a programme of workshops, evening lectures, screenings and performances. First taught in 2010 and originally conceived as a field-recording course exploring sound in the context of architecture and the city, Field Studies attracts students from many different backgrounds due to the course’s eccentric curriculum and the people who teach it.

Field Studies is an opportunity to learn how sound can be recorded; how hearing affects the way we perceive places and space; and how ‘sound’ can operate as a paradigm and starting point in creative practice and discourse. At the same time, the question of sound tends to move to the periphery as the course develops, in favour of other questions that may be about music, notation and choreography; recording and observation; public space, citizenship, or simple acts such as cooking and eating together. This year’s subtitle – Cours de Poetique – is adopted from and pays hommage to a short essay by Paul Valéry that represents the value of distraction and practice over theory – how can a group of strangers, within a matter of a few days and often entirely without programme, form an ‘ensemble’ and develop something like a performance based on a common sense of purpose?


Michael Klien

Field Studies is organised by Musarc, a research and teaching programme led by Joseph Kohlmaier at The Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University. Musarc explores performance and composition in relation to the creative process; investigates listening in the context of architecture and the city; and has at its heart one of London’s most progressive amateur choirs.


Sam Auinger

The fee for Field Studies is £350 for professionals and £290 for students. The course is limited to a maximum of 40 participants. To apply, please send a short statement to Joseph Kohlmaier j.kohlmaier@musarc.org. The application deadline is 1 April 2014.

Venue: The Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, 
London Metropolitan University, 
Central House
, 59-63 Whitechapel High Street
, London E1 7PF


About jeh

Jeremy Hunt is Director of the AAJ Press (Art & Architecture Journal / Press) – a writer and consultant on art and public space


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