Symposium: Glitch Curation

Ultima (NO)

Glitch Curation symposium Ultima 2023

When does curating ‘malfunction’, or not work as it should, and to what extent should curators interact with works and materials from outside their own field of knowledge? Treading on the opaque borders of curatorial copyright, the symposium Glitch Curation seeks to decipher the current discourses and frontiers of new music curation, exploring its moral, legal and ethical aspects as well as its Eurocentric background.

The symposium begins with Danilo Mandic, a legal scholar working at the intersection of law and humanities, who will hold a lecture on the legal limits of sonic experimentation. In his work, Mandic looks at the relationship between law and sound, and investigates the extent to which the quality of sound informs new methodological approaches for hearing, understanding, and thinking about law. With his cross disciplinary approach, he provides the audience with a terminology with which to discuss the often-disruptive entanglements between artistic creation, curating and copyright.

Then follows a panel on the ethical and practical limits of new music curation, composed of meLê yamomo and Irene Revell, as well as curators Katía Truijen and Anne Szefer Karlsen. Truijen contributes with perspectives on negotiating spaces for listening, including modes of collaboration, self-organization and working with institutional frameworks, while Karlsen’s involvement in, among others, the Dream Contract for Curators adds crucial expertise from the visual art field concerning the negotiation of expectations between curators and artists. The panel is moderated by symposium host Sofie B. Ringstad, a curator, writer and manager of music agency Sonic Labour, who has put together the symposium programme.

Glitch Curation concludes by showcasing the practice of the participants of Ultima’s international curating course Institutional Audibilities – Archival Poetics. The course approaches curation through its institutional structures, archival practices, inclusion and historical dynamics. The presentation is introduced by the course mentors meLê yamomo, whose artistic work and research aims at decolonising Southeast Asian sound archives, and Irene Revell, a curator and writer addressing music and sound histories from a feminist perspective.

Framing the theoretical discussion will be Colombian-born, Berlin-based sound artist Amuleto Manuela. Rooted in her relentless push towards for a ‘plurality of worlds that listen to each other’, she brings a sonic offering via turntables at each end of the symposium.

Practical info

The symposium will be held in English. To join, sign up for free here. Audience capacity is limited.


14:00-14:05 Arrivals

14:05-14:15 Sonic offering by Amuleto Manuela

14:15-14:30 Introduction by Sofie B. Ringstad, host

Welcome by Heloisa Amaral,

Artistic Director of Ultima Oslo Contemporary Festival

14:30-15:15 Apprehending Sound: Ordering and Interference
Talk by Danilo Mandic (University of Westminster)

15:15-16:15 Panel: Ethics in new music curation

With Sounds Now associated artists meLê yamomo (University of Amsterdam) and Irene Revell (Electra Productions), as well as Katía Truijen (Rewire Festival, Studio for Immediate Spaces at the Sandberg Instituut and //\ hoekhuis) and Anne Szefer Karlsen (Professor of Curatorial Practice, University of Bergen). Moderated by Sofie B. Ringstad.

16:15-16:30 Break with light meal

16:30-17:45 Institutional Audibilities – Archival Poetics

Presentations by the Sounds Now Curating Course

17:45-18:00 Sonic offering by Amuleto Manuela

More info on the Ultima website