Call For Papers: 1913 / the art of noises / 2013

1913 / the art of noises / 2013

University College Cork

13 December 2013

The year 1913 was a momentous one in art. From Proust to Stravinsky, Duchamp to Malevitch, Modernism was to recalibrate the way the world was seen; Futurism offered to change the way the world was heard. One hundred years ago, Luigi Russolo published his manifesto, L’arte dei Rumori (The Art of Noises), announcing a new way not only of conceiving music but also how we would hear the world around us. In the future, noises would be the material of music. Russolo’s manifesto, and his strange intonarumori devices, have been fantastically influential in the intervening century, and this event seeks to capture some of those connections, in both discursive and performative modes.

Possible themes:New sounds; new instruments; celebration of speed, war, or the modern city in music, visual art and poetry; Futurist manifestos; music and sound art; connections to other artworks and artists in 1913; influences of Futurism in music and other arts.

Proposals are invited for papers on any of the suggested themes, in the form of an abstract or outline of not more than 300 words. Proposals are also invited for art works – especially performances, installations, sound sculptures, compositions – which are specifically designed to address the themes suggested. The proposal should outline the projected artwork, and should be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 300 words that details the relationship of the work to the themes of the symposium. The proposer will be responsible for supplying all equipment/special resources required for the creation or display/performance of any accepted proposal.

Please send your proposal by 5pm, October 31st by email to

The selection panel will meet as soon after this date as possible and inform selected contributors forthwith.

Dr. Paul Hegarty

John Godfrey

In collaboration with the UCC Modernisms Research Centre