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Welcome to RE:SOUND, the 8th International Conference on the Histories of Media Arts 2019 - Aalborg, Denmark. RE:SOUND is part of the Media Arts Histories conference series, bringing together leading researchers, artists, and scientists on a series of interdisciplinary topics for over 14 years.

The RE:SOUND conference will take a specific interest on the theories, practices, histories, etc., of art and technology which are focusing on, concerned with, reflecting on, including, mobilising and/or working with sound as a main component or an integral part. RE:SOUND will host four days with 10 tracks of paper sessions, panels, workshops, practice-based interventions, exhibitions, performances, poster sessions, a PhD workshop and keynotes.
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Nicolas Holt

McGill University
Nicolas Holt is a first-generation student from the United States, soon to begin the third year of his art history PhD at McGill University in Montreal under the supervision of Christine Ross. His doctoral research focuses on the artistic practices and theoretical concerns of the early video art journal Radical Software, published from 1970 until 1974. He was introduced to this body of work by his master’s adviser, Ina Blom, while at The University of Chicago. It was here he was introduced to more media-inflected studies of art history, and has continued in this methodological direction since then. Currently in the early stages of his thesis, he is working on telling a different story of Radical Software – not one that figures it solely as an anti-television movement. Rather, by focusing on the themes of cybernetics, general ecology, electromagnetism, and topology, Nicolas is interested in locating Radical Software as an early locus of new materialist experimentation in the arts of the 1970s; one that flew mostly under the radar of the poststructuralist, discursively-oriented art critical discourses of the time. If it is the case that the new materialisms are enjoying popularity today, can Radical Software serve as a much-needed source of art historical contextualization? Nicolas’s presentation for Media Art Histories 2019 emerged from his thesis research and he’s grateful for the opportunity to share it.