DRAF x Goldsmiths: Resonant Frequencies Summit (7 Dec 2019 at George Wood Theatre, Goldsmiths University)

2pm-6pm: Talks & presentations
6pm-7pm: Drinks
7pm-9pm: Performances
George Wood Theatre, Goldsmiths University
25 Laurie Grove, London SE14 6NL


Jess Aslan
Bow Gamelan Ensemble
John Drever
Dmitri Galitzine and Laura Dee Milnes
Iris Garrelfs
Harold Offeh
Maria Papadomanolaki
Aura Satz

DRAF is delighted to present in partnership with Goldsmiths University’s Unit for Sound Practice Research a one-day summit of talks, presentations and performances around sound on Saturday 7 December 2019.

This event is free of charge and open to all and will present a range of artists, philosophers and sound researchers, including: Jess Aslan, Bow Gamelan Ensemble, John Drever, Dmitri Galitzine and Laura Dee Milnes, Iris Garrelfs, Harold Offeh, Maria Papadomanolaki and Aura Satz.

This summit is part of DRAF’s 2019 Resonant Frequencies programme, a multi-faceted project concerning sound, noise and hearing. The project began with a series of closed, non-public workshops that offered artists working with sound the opportunity to develop, collaborate and experiment free from the pressure of producing specific outcomes.

The one-day summit forms the public component of Resonant Frequencies and will be hosted at the George Wood Theatre for an afternoon of talks and presentations by artists, philosophers and sound researchers, followed by audio-visual and sound performances by a selection of artists. The first session focuses on academic aspects of sound and audio to attempt an understanding in relation to art, space, politics and philosophy through presentations, artistic practice or demonstrations.

This academic session is followed by performances presenting a variety of artists who work with sound. The performances will take the form of both acoustic and electronic with performers using a wide range of methodologies to engage with sound production and performance. This unique offer presents audiences with an opportunity to engage with exceptional practitioners alongside one another enabling a cross pollination of ideas and practices.


Goldsmiths University is located 6 minutes walking from New Cross Gate station and 7 minutes from New Cross station.


Jess Aslan is an educator, composer and performer working in computer assisted music performance and production. She specialises in performance and composition using synths and code. Aslan finished her practice-based PhD at the Reid School of Music in 2016, examining the aesthetic implications of computers and their languages in composition and performance. Since completing her PhD she has been working at Goldsmiths, University of London and Kingston University. Aslan has performed with collectives, bands and as a solo artist across Europe and has presented work at conferences including Sonorities, International Computer Music Conference, International Festival for Innovation in the Performing Arts, Conference in Interdisciplinary Musicianship, ISSTA.

Bow Gamelan Ensemble was founded in 1983 during a boat trip up Bow Creek by germinal performance artist Anne Bean, influential experimental sound artist Paul Burwell (1949 – 2007) and internationally renowned sculptor Richard Wilson. The Ensemble’s name derives from the area of East London where the artist’s live and work and from the Indonesian Metallophone musical ensembles. Working with invented instruments, kinetic sculptures, lights and their sounds, the Bow Gamelan Ensemble devise spatially responsive sculptural situations to perform among. Since Burwell’s passing (2007), Anne Bean, Richard Wilson and the Estate of Paul Burwell have worked with archivists to preserve and organise the group’s extensive archive. Bean and Wilson continue to collaborate.

Laura Dee Milnes is an artist working with performance, sculpture, writing, image, music and facilitation. She considers herself to be her own object, views her texts as sculpture, her performance as space, and all of these things as her body. Laura makes visual artworks in the form of objects, drawings and performances and combines these elements in the live shows and recordings she makes with her band, Sweet Heave. She also enables others to create and discuss, through organising and curating DIY events and publications, leading and supporting workshops with children and adults, co-hosting a podcast about being working class in the arts and co-ordinating a London-based network of artists who use writing in their practices. 

John Drever is Professor of Acoustic Ecology and Sound Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he co-leads the Unit for Sound Practice Research (SPR). He was a co-founder and chair of the UK and Ireland Soundscape Community (a regional affiliate of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology) and from 2004 to 2008 was a director of Sonic Arts Network. He is an avid collaborator and has devised work in many different configurations and contexts. Commissions include Groupe de Recherches Musicales, France (1999) and Shiga National Museum, Japan (2012). In 2017 he was a Guest Professor at Aarhus University. Drever researchers the intersections of sonic art, sound design, soundscape studies, urbanism and environmental acoustics.

Dmitri Galitzine lives and works in London. Galitzine’s work is set within folk culture. It uses the kind of stories people read about in newspapers, absurd and amazing, ordinary and epic. Dmitri is romanced by hobbyists and eccentrics; their sheds and garages; passions and dreams. He opens portals to hidden or overlooked activities and social groups through performance, socially engaged actions, sculpture, documentation and affection. The artist’s stories show people as characters, where you can’t tell the difference between the real and role play.

Iris Garrelfs is an artist working on the cusp of music, art, and sociology across improvised performance, multi-channel installations and fixed media projects. At Goldsmiths she co-heads the Unit for Sound Practice Research (SPR) and chairs the Longplayer Working Group which instigated the biennial Longplayer Day; Garrelfs also is Pathway Leader ofthe MMus in Sonic Art. As one of the first UK artists that combine voice with digital processing, Iris is interested in modes of listening as a way of connecting to the world. Her works are included in institutions worldwide, for example Tate Britain, the National Gallery, and MC Gallery New York. She is also a commissioning editor of the open-access journal Reflections on Process in sound.

Harold Offeh was born in Accra, Ghana, and grew up in London, UK. He is an artist and educator working with performance, video, photography, learning and social arts practice. Offeh, often employs humour as a means to confront the viewer with historical narratives and contemporary culture and is interested in the space created by the inhabiting or embodying of history. He has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally including Tate Britain and Tate Modern, London, Studio Museum Harlem, USA, MAC VAL, Paris, France. Harold is currently a Reader in Fine Art at Leeds Beckett University and visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London.

Maria Papadomanolaki is a Greek sound practitioner and researcher currently based in London. Her work and research focus on the role of sound in the way we engage with our environments, with memory, placemaking and perception. Special importance is placed on the synergy of atmosphere, voice, text, experimental radio practice, live audio transmission, soundwalking and the environment in developing new strategies for opening up and re-exploring spaces of high-mobility and change. Papadomanolaki has presented her work and research at galleries, conferences and festivals in Europe, UK and the US. She is a founding member of SoundCamp collective and has co-edited the publications Transmission Arts: Artists & Airwaves (PAJ Publications, 2011) and sounds remote (SoundCamp/Uniformbooks, 2016).

Aura Satz’s work centres on the trope of ventriloquism in order to conceptualise a distributed, expanded and shared notion of voice. Works are made in conversation and use dialogue as both method and subject matter. She has completed several works on women in electronic music such as Daphne Oram, Laurie Spiegel, and Pauline Oliveros. Satz is interested in notation systems, and methods of writing sound or musical transmission. She has taught widely at universities across the UK at BA, MA, and PHD level, such as the University of Kent, Goldsmiths, and the University of London, and is currently a Reader and Tutor at the Royal College of Art.

  • Iris Garrelfs performing live at Noize Night. Photo: Mira Benjamin.
    Iris Garrelfs performing live at Noize Night. Photo: Mira Benjamin.
  • John Drever. St Pancras International, October 2015. Photo: Natalie Kwok.
    John Drever. St Pancras International, October 2015. Photo: Natalie Kwok.
  • Bow Gamelan Ensemble. A Damned Near Run Thing. South Bank, London, 1988. Photo: Ed Sirrs.
    Bow Gamelan Ensemble. A Damned Near Run Thing. South Bank, London, 1988. Photo: Ed Sirrs.
  • Maria Papadomanolaki performance, Bethnal Green. IMT Gallery London. Photo: Apostolos Voulgarakis.
    Maria Papadomanolaki performance, Bethnal Green. IMT Gallery London. Photo: Apostolos Voulgarakis.
  • Harold Offeh, Stranger in The Village, Installation at Art Tower Mito, Japan, 2019.
    Harold Offeh, Stranger in The Village, Installation at Art Tower Mito, Japan, 2019.
  • George Wood Theatre, Goldsmith University. Courtesy of Goldsmith University.
    George Wood Theatre, Goldsmith University. Courtesy of Goldsmith University.