LSTN is a workshop-based research programme about language, sound, text and noise.
LSTN collaborates with art and design institutions to engage students in the direct creation of culture, whether oral, visual, written or performed. The impetus is to develop and document a significant body of knowledge on social dialog, public action and cultural production that integrates editing, performing, publishing, recording, writing, curating and criticism.
Participating schools include the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in The Netherlands, Stockport College in England, and Art Center College of Design in California.
Each workshop uses interdisciplinary research models, recording methods and writing techniques to challenge participants to experiment with the possibilities of language, sound, text, and noise; to develop a vocabulary to describe and debate ever-changing listening conditions and contexts; and to define and create their own realities and practices. Feedback is focused on the relationship between intentions and actions, responsive to the aim and approach set by each student.
LSTN 001 and 003 investigated the interview as a form of commentary, criticism, and social space functioning between speech and writing. Each participant recorded, documented, and published a conversation with a person of their choice as a collection of audio files and transcripts.
LSTN 002 investigated the script as an invisible yet influential part of contemporary culture, from brand stories to politics to social networking. Each participant scripted and posted a fiction to be read and/or performed.
LSTN is curated by Joshua Trees and Yvan Martinez.
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