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Developing Empathy and Dialogue series- An Alternative: Dormant Music

By Bani Haykal

Originally a title for a series of work consisting of alternative musical instruments, Dormant Music is a proposition that everything, from stillness to the unknown, is a musical idea waiting to be called into existence. From dismantling and re-assembling an electric guitar, a bicycle and PVC pipes, Dormant Music is a manifestation of a personal perception towards music, one which is identified as a subjective listening experience composed of sounds and/or no sounds, structured or otherwise and encapsulated in a time-frame. Over the last 5 years, Bani has developed and expanded his practice in line with Dormant Music through performances based on collaborations and curation; including The Substation’s Tribal Gathering of Tongue Tasters (2012 - 2014) and ‘an image of conversations’ (2015) among others. This talk will address these and other projects that proposes experimentation as a method of improvisation, attempting to challenge both listeners and musicians in efforts to uncover alternative musical activity.

About the speaker

Bani Haykal’s work stretches across various disciplines and mediums including installation, poetry and theatre, investigating cultural and socio-political climates coupled with perceptional and behavioural affects. As a soloist, he works primarily with acoustic instruments, both traditional and/or hacked, and his studies revolve around narratives, structured improvisation and spoken word. He is a member of both OFFCUFF and b-quartet.

Haykal has exhibited, performed and toured internationally, participating in festivals including Media/Art Kitchen (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Japan), Liquid Architecture, da:ns Festival and The M1 Fringe Festival (Singapore) among others.

Please register at : http://goo.gl/WnFgX1

Developing Empathy and Dialogue  through Pedagogies and Practices in Arts Education is a series of informal discussions that aim to discuss and investigate teaching methods and strategies in arts education which draw out dialogue in learning about empathy.

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14 May 2015
Time: 6.30pm—8.30pm. Venue: Library @ Esplanade, Open Stage, 8 Raffles Avenue, #03-01, Singapore 039802

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