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20 November 2021

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Venue: Cubitt gallery, 8 Angel Mews London N1 9HH

Organiser: Trans/Human and Matthew Cheeseman

The AMRL is a Trans/Media environment through which frequencies, signals and data are collected, manipulated and re-transmitted. It is a library of sounds and processes which present what is there but rarely witnessed: string vibrations, radio waves, memories, the sound of electricity in cables, the data in phones, bank cards and the mind. The AMRL was developed by Trans/Human, the broadcast/performance duo of Luke Twyman and Adam Denton. They are joined in this presentation by Dr. Matthew Cheeseman, a writer and teacher who has contributed to the development of the AMRL.

Neoliberalism has emphasised and enforced the market in so many aspects of our lives that it seems difficult to think without it. Education is one such area, a heavily monetised international industry with fixed exchanges of words and ideas. Similarly, the internet can feel like a surveillance cum control system of orgasms, likes, visits and wishes. Data, information and words are everywhere, intertwined and increasingly mapped on to financial markets which now respond to our emotions via thumbs and smilies.

As we live and attempt to resist and/or make the best of this, we remain bathed in unseen images and unheard noises, cocooned in an ever present flow of data. You do not need to attend this session to know this, but you will take part in a talk that explores these ideas and then hear sounds which expose, crack and attempt to break out. In a lecture/performance we research our core research questions: who owns the airwaves? Can energy be dictated? What can music, information and noise become? What constitutes resistance to the digital?