FORMAT Issue 2

Cover Version Format with Tamara Barnett-Herrin, Sophie C. Bernhard and Mark Fisher

Series: Lecture
Date: Friday 13 July 2012
Time: 18:30
Venue: New Soft Room
Running time: 81 mins

FORMAT is a ‘live magazine’ looking at the shapes that discourse takes. This summer from 4 to 17 July at the AA, Issue 2 will talk about talking, show what it means to show something, and present the hidden politics of presentation. Mixing anecdote and analysis, seminars with screenings and singing, FORMAT’s themed, reflexive sessions look back on how knowledge has been formatted into disciplines, institutions, technologies — as well as how the present moment questions or surpasses received formats of cultural consumption. Paraphrasing Marshall McLuhan, ‘The format is the massage.’
Series organised by Shumon Basar

TAMARA BARNETT-HERRIN is a London-based vocalist, songwriter and performer. She was the lead vocalist with the UK electronica act Freeform Five. Her new solo album, Born to Burn, was released in February. She has collaborated extensively with the Swiss artist Mai-Thu Perret at Migros Museum Zurich, Theatre de l'Usine in Geneva and the Performa Festival, New York.

SOPHIE BERNHARD is a singer and composer. She created soundtracks for two animated films by the artist Vidya Gastaldon, Rééquilibreur-générateur and Nucléarama. Sophie is also behind Lakaband, an electronic pop project, and founder of the label Mekalaka. 

MARK FISHER is the author of Capitalist Realism (Zer0, 2009) and of the forthcoming Ghosts of my Life (Zer0, 2012). He writes regularly for Film Quarterly, Sight & Sound and The Wire. He teaches at Goldsmiths, University of London, University of East London and the City Literary Institute.


17 July
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with victoria camblin, cécile b. evans and guests

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