The Visual Cultures Forum Host its First Sound Series
Systems for a Score by Chris Weaver and Fari Bradley
The Visual Communication Department at the School of Architecture, Art and Design at AUD held today its first presentation in the new Sound Series as part of the Visual Cultures Forum.

The presentation included Mr. Chris Weaver and Ms. Fari Bradley who discussed the history of sound as an artistic field, major sound artists, and the history of their collaborative practice in sound sculpture and performance.

Mr. Weaver is a sound artist and audio hardware manipulator whose live performances and works range from Glastonbury to The Wellcome Trust. A founder member of the electro-acoustic ensemble Oscillatorial Binnage, he has performed with musicians as diverse as Knut Aufermann, Luke Fowler, Lepke and John Paul Jones. He worked as Production Manager on the UK's first independent art-music radio station Resonance104.4FM as well as the Musical Director of the station's Radio Orchestra for ten years. Weaver was named 'Sonic Artist of the Year' by the British Academy of Songwriters in 2013 and his work was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 for the awards.

Ms. Fari Bradley is an Iranian-born broadcaster and electronic sound artist based in London. She is an active member of London's independent art-music station Resonance 104.4 FM, where she promotes arts and culture to Iran through her radio show, Six Pillars to Persia. She performs live in museums and galleries and also DJs experimental dance music at festivals such as Glastonbury and Exit Festival, Serbia and on Free Lab Radio at Resonance104.4FM. An artist-in-residence at, an artist run project space in London, Fari's previous commissions include works for Barbican and Gasworks, London, The Venice Biennale in Venice, The British Council and Frieze Projects, London.

“It was a great honor to have renown sound artists Chris Weaver and Fari Bradley inaugurate our new Sound Series in our Visual Cultures Forum programming.  Chris had previously taught audio programming to AUD students in the Advance Sound course.  This all reflects the growing interest at AUD in the fascinating field of sound, so relevant to all courses taught on video and film. We look forward to fostering this growing field in the Department of Visual Communication,” commented Dr. Woodman Taylor, Chair of Visual Communication and Associate Professor of Art History at AUD and Convener of the AUD Visual Cultures Forum.

The second Sound Series presentation will be on March 1st, when Jonny Farrow, from New York University Abu Dhabi, will present on ‘Sound as Material and Poetics’.

The objective of the Visual Cultures Forum is to invite outstanding international artists to campus so that students can interact with leaders in the field of visual communication.