Anna Kipervaser, Kobe Matthy (Agency), James Parker.
Anna Kipervaser, Kobe Matthys, James Parker

In our final session three different presentations will address the ways in which voices are governed today. Anna Kipervaser will present footage from her upcoming film about noise legislation applying to the call to prayer in Cairo.

Belgian artist Kobe Matthys will present Agency – an initiative that investigates legal disputes about the authorship of specific vocalisations.

Legal scholar James Parker will look in detail at the trial of Simon Bikindi, accused by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda of inciting genocide through his songs.

Anna Kipervaser is a Ukrainian-born artist. Her multi-platform project documenting the Muslim call to prayer in Cairo encompasses a multimedia installation, an online interactive experience, a sound archive and a feature film. She is the founder and director of the mobile artists’ space Manual Productions and of the independent production company On Look Films. Anna is currently pursuing her MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Agency is a Brussels-based initiative founded in 1992. How are values to be changed for survival? Agency constitutes a growing list of things that resist the split between the classifications of nature and culture. These things are mainly derived from judicial processes, lawsuits, cases, controversies, affairs and so forth, related to intellectual property (copyright, patents, trademarks, publicity rights, etc.). Agency calls things forth from its list via varying assemblies. Every assembly poses a different speculative question. These questions explore the operative consequences of the apparatus of intellectual property for an ecology of art practices in a topological way, by paying attention to different agencies than those valued by intellectual property.

Dr James Parker is a lecturer at Melbourne Law School, where he is also director of the research program Law, Sound and the International at the Institute for International Law and the Humanities. He is currently completing the monograph Acoustic Jurisprudence: Listening to the Trial of Simon Bikindi (OUP, forthcoming). James is also an active music critic and radio broadcaster. At present he mostly writes for Tiny Mix Tapes. Since 2011 he has presented a weekly radio show dedicated to experimental sounds on the Melbourne independent broadcaster PBS 106.7FM.