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Noise & Capitalism: Funeral & Zombification at D.A.I.

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

‘Noise & Capitalism: Funeral & Zombification’
With Mattin and Anthony Iles

12 January, 20.00h
Dutch Art Institute
Kortestraat 27, Arnhem

This evening will inaugurate the first of a series of workshops that will reflect on and ‘dig the grave’ for Noise & Capitalism (2009) a publication edited by Mattin and Anthony Iles. More than two years after it’s publication, what is the relevance for the book’s attempt to understand the practices of noise and improvisation in relation to capitalism? So many world-changing events have taken place in the intervening years, how has capitalism and the struggles within it changed and how does this reorient us critically to the object of this book? The editors propose an open process of reflection for the publication in joined effort to rework, rethink and identify its problems. This process will be guided by a performance that will introduce the book content and pave the way for ‘collective study’ between the authors and the audience; a proposed collaborative exercise against the grain of self promotion often found in the ‘book launch’ form. Furthermore, this evening aims to blur the boundaries between ‘author’ and ‘audience’, to block the valorisation of either authoritative or distinguished subjectivities, and to experiment and put into question how we may invalidate such subjects’ accumulated ‘capital’ by releasing unquantifiable and non-exchangeable ‘product’.

Noise & Capitalism’ is a collection of essays by various musicians, academics, activists which reflects on the artist-audience binary, specifically how “noise,” “improvised” or “free” music offers resistance and tensions that may, at worst, provide instruments for capitalism but also, at best, point to modes of ‘subjectlessness’.


Tuesday, October 4th, 2011


READING GROUP at Send and Receive Festival in Winnipeg, Canada

6 October 2011

Noise & Capitalism (anthology) with editor & contributor Mattin

Mondragon Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 91 Albert St. | 5:30 – 7:30
Contributors: Ray Brassier, Emma Hedditch, Matthew Hyland, Anthony Iles, Sara Kaaman, Mattin, Nina Power, Edwin Prévost, Bruce Russell, Matthieu Saladin, Howard Slater, Csaba Toth, Ben Watson.

Noise not only designates the no-man’s-land between electro-acoustic investigation, free improvisation, avant-garde experiment, and sound art; more interestingly, it refers to anomalous zones of interference between genres: between post-punk and free jazz; between musique concrète and folk; between stochastic composition and art brut. – Ray Brassier

Noise & Capitalism, is a tool for understanding the situation we are living through, the way our practices and subjectivities are determined by capitalism. It explores contemporary alienation in order to discover whether the practices of improvisation and noise contain or can produce emancipatory moments, and how these practices point towards social relations, which can extend these moments.

**Noise & Capitalism is made available only on a trade basis, if you would like to get a copy of the book at this event, or during send + receive, please contact director crys cole at to arrange a trade. A limited quantity will be available.

As very few copies of the book are on hand, we encourage you to download a free PDF version of the book directly through Arteleku’s website here.

Noise & Capitalism@Bulegoa, Bilbao 21st December2010

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Forms of Formless Knowledge

Noise & Capitalism

Tuesday, 21 December 2010. 19:30h

Bulegoa z/b Solokoetxe 8 bajo. 48006 – Bilbao

Noise & Capitalism is an ongoing collective research platform dedicated to reflect in the way that capitalism conditions our life in relation to the practices of noise and improvisation.

The practices of noise and improvisation have historically claimed to be able to achieve some emancipation, agency and empowerment. We want to explore and question this potential.

Noise and improvisation are considered practices of certain risk in regards not to just to the music industry but also to the current spectacularisation of contemporary culture. This initiative takes these risks as a practice of social responsibility that in fact could take us beyond a phoney sense of freedom into possible unities of differing.

The project comprises different stages and approaches as the publication of a book, the organisation of seminars, presentations and conferences and other public presentation such as concerts and improvisational collective events. It was initiated through the publication of a book edited by mattin and Anthony Iles and has contributions by authors: Ray Brassier, Emma Hedditch, Matthew Hyland, Anthony Iles, Sara Kaaman, mattin, Nina Power, Edwin Prévost, Bruce Russell, Matthieu Saladin, Howard Slater, Csaba Toth, Ben Watson.

The publication was launched within the context of a seminar entitled Noise & Capitalism: Undoing, Understanding and Sharing time together held in Audiolab-Arteleku, Donostia-San Sebastián.

More recently the project has been presented at Centre d’art contemporain de Brétigny in France under the title Noise & Capitalism Exhibition as Concert (August-October 2010). Taking as a starting point the book Noise & Capitalism the CAC exhibition context became an improvised concert lasting for two months. By collapsing the formats of exhibition and concert into each other, the potential of the different usages of the noun noise explores rather than simply perpetuated noise as a musical genre. The exhibition comprised works by mattin and Loïc Blairon, Ray Brassier, Emma Hedditch, Esther Ferrer, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Anthony Iles, Matthieu Saladin and Howard Slater.

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N&C in ARS SONORA (Radio Clásica)

Friday, February 5th, 2010

A Radio-perfomance divided in 2 sets conceived by Mattin, with Rubén Gutiérrez del Castillo (expert on improv music), José Manuel Costa (Music journalist, “Vía límite” radioshow director, also in Radio Clásica/RNE ) and Miguel Alvarez Fernandez (main conductor of “Ars Sonora” radio show). This radioperformance was dedicated to the issues addresed on “Noise & Capitalism” book.
Ars Sonora is a radio show dedicated to radioart, electroacoustic music and Sound Art broadcasted in Radio Clásica, Spanish National Radio.

Ruido y Capitalismo @ Ars Sonora 1
Ruido y Capitalismo @ Ars Sonora 2


Friday, January 15th, 2010

Can we use noise as a way of disrupting the normalization process that stop us from abolishing this economic system?

Howard Slater, Anthony Iles, Ilya Lipkin & Mattin will discuss and try out some ideas from the book Noise & Capitalism

21st January
Köpenicker Strasse 187
“take U-Bahn 1 to Schlesisches Tor
Exit, walk down to the left
Enter a commercial yard to the left,
between Köpenicker Str. 187 and 186
Basso event space is the orange line, ground floor