Talks

Current/Upcoming

April 26, 2018, Launch of Practice book, co-edited with Gabriel Levine, at Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK.

Nov. 18, 2017. “Music and the Continuum”, Tuning Speculation V, Toronto.

October 12, 2017. “Replica, Originality and the Art of Devotion.” Panel with John Giorno, Ariana Maki and Tsherin Sherpa. Hunter College Art Galleries, New York, NY.

Past

April 28, 2017. “Gilbert Rouget’s Music and Trance and the Politics of Vibration”, Music’s Pluralistic Potential conference, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

March 18, 2017. I will be interviewing Catherine Christer Hennix onstage as a part of the MaerzMusik festival in Berlin.

October 24, 2016.  “In Praise of Copying”, keynote talk at the Multiple Museum Practices: Museum as Cornucopia Conference, U. Oslo, Norway.

March 21, 2016.  “Vanguardas, Underground e Pirataria” (“Avant Gardes, Undergrounds and Piracy”). Institute for Technology and Society, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Jan. 31, 2016. Panelist on “Piece – Presence – Practice: Aggregate States of Global Sound Artifacts” at New Geographies of Sound Art conference, Club Transmediale 2016, Berlin, Germany.

Nov. 22, 2015. “Design Principles for Immersive Vibratory Environments”, w. Christie Pearson. Tuning Speculation III, Toronto, Canada.

Oct. 9, 2015. “Chopped and Screwed, Slowed and Throwed: DJ Screw’s Politics of Vibration”,  American Studies Association meeting, Toronto, Canada.

Sept. 9, 2015. “Immersive Vibratory Environments as Social Practice,” a workshop with Christie Pearson, Tasmanian College of the Arts, Hobart, Australia.

Aug. 14, 2015. “Thinking Energy in Contemporary Theory and Popular Culture,”  Keynote talk, Energy and the Arts conference, University of New South Wales, Australia.

June 24, 2015.  “Shamanism, Abjection, Possession, Tantra.” A talk at the Copycat Academy at Luminato Festival, Toronto.

April 18, 2015. Keynote talk on digital copying, Extending Play Conference, Rutgers University Media Studies.

April 12, 2015. “On Practice”, w. Gabriel Levine.  Performance Philosophy Conference, Chicago.

March 14, 2015, “Is There a Life Beyond Mimesis?” Keynote talk, Re-Originality: Curation, Plagiarism and Cultures of Appropriation conference, Concordia U., Montreal.

Jan. 31, 2015.  “Between Love and Violence: Sonic Subcultures and the Politics of Vibration”, Transmediale Festival 2015: UN TUNE, Berlin. **Audio: here**.

Nov. 7-9, 2014. “Towards a Reichian Theory of Networks.” Tuning Speculation Conference #2. York University, Toronto.

Nov. 4, 2014. “Curating After WikiLeaks”. Keynote talk at Curating in the Haze of Empires Conference, Ontario Association of Art Galleries, Toronto.

Nov. 1, 2014.  “Hot/Cold/Hot”. A talk on immersive vibratory environments with Christie Pearson, at Sauna Symposium, hosted by C Magazine, Hart House Farm, Caledon Hills, Ontario.

Oct. 18, 2014.  A conversation with DJ/Rupture a.k.a. Jace Clayton.  X-Avant Festival, The Music Gallery, Toronto.

Sept. 23, 2014. A conversation on the Beats and photography with Louis Kaplan. University of Toronto Art Center, Hart House, Toronto. Watch video.

Aug. 7, 2014. Chaired a panel on “Cultures of Nightlife” at the Urban Night Colloquium, McGill University/ Casa di Popolo, Montréal.

June 12, 2014. Talk on Shamanism and the Avant Garde, Luminato Festival, Toronto.

Nov. 1-2, 2013. “The Drone of the Real: On the Sound-works of Catherine Christer Hennix”. York University, Toronto, Tuning Speculation Conference. Watch video.

Oct. 14, 2013. “The Politics of Vibration in Recent Hip-Hop Videos” at SUNY Buffalo, Visual Studies Speaker Series.

April 2013. “Sex, Death and Vibration in Recent HipHop Videos,” Media And Information Studies Dept. Speaker Series, University of Western Ontario.

March 2013. “Meditations in an Emergency: On the Apparent Destruction of My MP3 Collection”, Lake Forest Literary Festival, Illinois.

January 2013. “The Politics of Vibration” at McMaster University, Hamilton.  Watch video.

April 2013. “Drugs and Object Oriented Ontologies in the Work of Philip K. Dick,” American Comparative Literature Association Conference, University of Toronto.

Sept. 2012. “Odd Future/Abject Future: On the Politics of Vibration”, Art Criticism and Writing series, School of Visual Arts, New York.

May 2012. ”Depropriation: The Real Pirate’s Dilemma”, Multidisciplinary Approaches to Intellectual Property Law Workshop, U. Ottawa.

April 2012. “Tyler, the Creator’s “Yonkers” and the Politics of Vibration, Sound Workshop, Cornell U.

Dec. 2011. ”Depropriation: The Real Pirate’s Dilemma”, Postcolonial Piracy conference, U. Potsdam, Germany.

Oct. 2011. Panel on Sound Cultures, Sounding Cultures: From Performance to Politics Conference, Cornell U.

August 2011.  2011 Annual Report on Drugs and Creativity.  A keynote given at Creative Capital | The Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program‘s Arts Writers Convening event in Philadelphia.

April 2011. “From Louis Vuitton to Bottega Veneta: Capitalism and Copying After the “It” Bag”, Schulich Business School Speaker Series, York U.

March 2011. “Interdependence and Imitation”, Center of Gravity Speaker Series, Toronto.

March 2011.  “Tickets That Exploded: Materialist and Mystical Models of Self Dissolution in the Beats”, keynote at Altered States Conference, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

March 2011. “Buddhism After Badiou”, Middlesex University, Philosophy Dept. Speaker Series, UK.

February 2011. “Copying as Intrusion”, Fourth Annual Blackwoods Gallery Talk co-presented by the Department of Visual Studies, University of Toronto, Mississauga.

June 2009.  Carnival Folklore Resurrection in the Age of Globalization. A talk given at CTM Festival‘s STRUCTURES NODE 1 – Global Alchemy event in Berlin, Germany.

April 2009. “Law, Appropriation, Sound”, Yage Tapes: Shamanism and Intellectual Property in Colombia; Theorist and Jurists Series, Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, SUNY Buffalo.

May 2007. “Alternative Modernities? Thoughts on Asian Religions and Twentieth Century Literature”, Workshop on Diasporic Asian Religions, National University of Singapore.

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