Large Objects Moving Air 2018 - Conference

8 Jan 2018 – 8 Aug 2017

Cost of entry

Tickets: £10 standard ticket, £5 unwaged / Low waged / Students, Free for TECHNE members. Registration opens 1 October 2017

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  • Elephant & Castle
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Large Objects Moving Air 2018 is a one day conference exploring the presence, agency and materiality of air from the microscale to macroscale, through both literal and figurative interpretations.


What comes to mind when one thinks about air? Air is everywhere and nowhere. It is a carrier of frequencies, energies, vibrations, toxins, pollutants and blast waves. It supports life and is a site of communication. It is clouds and The Cloud. Who owns it? Can it be owned? Who or what are the agents in the transmission and circulation of air? How does it circulate and what circulates within it?

With the futures of people, animals, plants and microbial ecologies constantly up in the air, LOMA 2018 offers an opportunity for reflection about that which is all around us, its vitality but also its precarity and potential as carrier of threat and harm.

For LOMA 2018 we are seeking presentations and artworks in different formats and deploying various strategies to animate the air in and around the conference setting of the London College of Communication in Elephant and Castle, South London. Through these multiple representations we hope to foster the recalibration of our position within the local and planetary scale ecologies, of vectors of mass transit, and flux in the sky, on the surface and beyond.

The theme of the conference relates to works that reflect (but are not limited to) the following areas around the literal / metaphorical / abstracted examples of the movement of large bodies on a range of scales:

  • Meteorology
  • Acoustic ecology
  • Nuclear culture and the military industrial complex
  • Protest movements, propaganda and the voice
  • Media Infrastructures
  • Technocapitalism
  • Bass and soundsystem culture
  • Unsound / Infrasonics / Ultrasonics / EEG
  • Atmospherics

Call for Contributions

We are looking for papers exploring the materialities of air, vibration, politics and power from researchers, writers and artists within the sciences, humanities, arts and other creative disciplines.

We would like to invite proposals for the commission of an artwork installation and/or performance for LOMA 2018 in response to one or more of the conference themes. We are particularly interested in proposals for works influenced by sonic encounters. Technical support and resources will be made available and a fee of £150 will be awarded to the selected work.

Deadline 15 September 2017

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Jennifer Lucy Allan

Benjamin Bland

Kate Fahey

Matt Parker

Megan Archer

Timothy Smith

Exhibiting artistsToggle

J.R. Carpenter

Laura Cannell

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London College of Communication

London College of Communication

London, United Kingdom


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