Can You Feel It? Workshop with Matt Lewis

What can we learn by experiencing the world as another? A music, sound and listening day exploring deafness, blindness and ideas of otherness. Matt Lewis will lead the workshop allowing local people with sensory impairments to work alongside the Open School East associate artists and other members of the public to develop a sound work exploring the limits of perception and the politics of frequency. Tools used will include haptic and networked technologies that allow communication through vibration.


12.30-1.30pm: Presentation of Matt Lewis’ work
@ Open School East

2.30-5pm: Workshop
Cliftonville Community Centre, 23 Saint Paul’s Road, Margate CT9 2DB
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5.30-6.30pm: Performance
@ Cliftonville Community Centre, 23 Saint Paul’s Road, Margate CT9 2DB
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This event is free and open to all, though those with sensory loss are particularly welcome. Minimum age is 16. You may come to either or all of the three parts.

If possible, please bring the following:
1: A musical instrument acoustic or digital, the usage of which you can easily communicate to another member of the session
2: A resonant object

Organised by current OSE associate artist Dipesh Pandya as part of the ’Thoughts on Space’ series of workshops and events.

‘Thoughts on Space’ is a series of talks, workshops and events that seek to explore our perceptions of internal and external space(s). How do we form identity in space? How do we react to space? How does each individual define space? In collaboration with visiting practitioners, we aim to address these questions through sound, material and open dialogue.

Matt Lewis is a musician and sound artist based in Margate. Key areas of interest include the politics of sound, Foley, urbanism, notation and alternative methods of media distribution. His work is most often focused on particular physical sites, or around particular social issues, such as regeneration, disability and urban planning. A strong participatory and educational aspect to his work exists as an important counterpoint to his practice. Matt has collaborated with dancers and choreographers, written music for film and theatre, produced a wide variety of sound installations, worked in performance art groups and is a member of the group From Honey to Ashes. He has performed and exhibited nationally and internationally in countries including Austria, Brazil, Portugal, Serbia and the USA, in festivals and venues such as Whitechapel Gallery, Café Oto, The Roundhouse, Diapason NYC, MK Gallery and Centro Cultural Sao Paulo.

Commissions include Clandestine Airswith Resonance FM and VOID, no such thing as empty space in collaboration with deafblind charity Sense, Where is the Rustling Wood? part of Metal Culture’s Harvest 15 with Studio Orta and Music for Hearing Aids as part of Unannounced Acts of Publicness in Kings Cross. From 2012-13 he was a Cocheme Fellow with AIR at Central St Martins. Matt holds a PhD in Music from Goldsmiths and was a resident artist at Metal 2015-16. Matt is a co-founder of Call & Response, one of Europe’s only independent sound spaces and is a Tutor at The Royal College of Art where he leads the Sound Pathway.

“No such thing as empty space” Sound Art, Matt Lewis

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