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Research Network: Contested Sites

Reading Group Authenticity and Dub with Gary Stewart

14 Feb 2024
  • Venue

    Stuart Hall Library

  • Date

    Wednesday 14 February 2024

  • Time


  • RSVP

    Free but booking required

  • Artists

    Gary Stewart

Join us for an interactive reading group with Gary Stewart as we explore the authenticity of dubbing sound.

Gary works at the intersection of sound, moving image and computational creativity. This reading will focus on sound culture, dub and transmutation and question what happens when a version has more authenticity than the original record.

This event is free and open to all! It is a supportive and peer-led space for thinking and learning together. It is a space for constructive disagreements and critical engagement that is always based on mutual respect, interest, and care.

Extracts will be read together in the group. You don’t need to read them in advance.

This reading group is part of iniva’s Research Network programme Contested Sites. It is supported by funding from Freelands Foundation.


If you have any access requirements, please email us in advance at info@iniva.org and we will do our best to accommodate. Extracts of the texts will be provided on the day.

Selected Text

  • Sonic Bodies by Julien Henriques p.147
  • The sound of culture: diaspora and black technopoetics by Louis Chude-Sokei p.59
  • Stolen Life by Fred Moten p.184
  • The Black Technical Object, In Machine Learning and the Aspiration of Black Being by Ramon Amaro p.55
  • An Individual Note by Daphne Oram p.75
  • Phonographies, Grooves in Sonic Afro-Modernity by Alexander G.Weheliye p.11


  • The sound of culture: diaspora and black technopoetics / Louis Chude-Sokei.
  • Walking with sound: race and the prosthetic ear / Louis Chude-Sokei.
  • Dr. Satan’s Echo Chamber: Reggae, Technology And The Diaspora Process / Louis Chude-Sokei
  • Black Sound White Cube / Dieter Lesage & Ina Wudtke
  • Assembling a Black Counter Culture / DeForrest Brown, Jr
  • Black and Blur / Fred Moten
  • Phonographies, Grooves in Sonic Afro-Modernity / Alexander G.Weheliye
  • The Black Technical Object, In Machine Learning and the Aspiration of Black Being  / Ramon Amaro
  • The Universal Machine / Fred Moten
  • Stolen Life / Fred Moten
  • Sonic Bodies / Julien Henriques
  • Sampling Politics, Music and the Geocultural M.I. Franklin
  • Sonic Agency, Sound and Emergent Forms of Resistance / Brandon LaBelle
  • An Individual Note / Daphe Oram
  • On Sonic Art / Trevor Wishart
Image credit: Reflections on Dub and the Aesthetics of Noise. 
Sound System Outernational #4. Goldsmiths, January 2018
Applying dub philosophy as a way to test out, explore, probe and investigate speculative sonic territories of social transformation. Photo: Dave Lewis