PARTICIPANT / Julian Henriques

  • Name Julian Henriques
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Vocation Artist
  • Education Not Available

Director, TRU (Topology Research Unit)

Programme Convenor, MA Script Writing

Programme Convenor, MA Cultural Studies

My teaching includes cultural studies and scriptwriting. Both areas are influenced largely on my professional work as a film producer and writer-director and my practice as a sound artist. This has also informed my research interests in the field of street technologies and cultures (particularly reggae dancehall sound systems) and in sound studies. One important tradition in which I locate my work is that of British Cultural Studies and I am a founding trustee of the Stuart Hall Foundation

The professional experience of work in film and television for the BBC, Channel Four and with my own company Formation Films over many years has given me the basis for continuing links with professionals in those industries. This is most valuable for ensuring that as the programme convenor for MA Script Writing the course is up date with current industry ideas, trends and practices, see also “In Our Own Words.” The programme is also accredited by Creative Skillset and students have close links with those on other MA Filmmaking programmes in producing, directing, cinematography and so on.
My research interest in sonic ways-of-knowing and non-discursive non-representational types of meaning led to the establishment of the TRU (Topology Research Unit) in 2011. This has particular interests and activities in the areas of diagrammatics, rhythm and auditory topology. Sound System Outernational is an agency established in 2015 to organize events to develop the relationship between academic researchers, system culture practitioners and aficionados. The auditory environment of the fetus in the womb is another equally intense auditory environment. I am a founding director of Sonic Womb Productions Ltd that with partners in UCL conducts biomedical research and develops immersive surround-media environments.

My PhD students, several of whom with theory-practice projects, have completed their theses in such areas as sound art, diagrammatics, black music and sonic interaction design; others are completing them in reggae music and archeoacoustics

Projects selected, since 2013

Thinking Thrugh Sound – and Learning from Jamaican Bass/Bass Culture keynote for School of Sound conference, London 20th April 2017

Sound System Outernational (SSO) conference organisation and workshops, SS01 16th January, Goldsmiths, SS02 2nd July, Goldsmiths, SS03 10th February 2017, Global Reggae Conference, UW! Mona, Jamaica

The Sonic Laboratory of the Sound System: the Audio Engineers’ Methods of Knowing and Making, presentation at ICS and RSU, Global Reggae Conference, UWI Mona, Kingston, Jamaica, 10th February 2017

Global Reggae & Dub Plate Stories with Mandeep Samra (Sound System Culture) AHRC Reggae Research Network conference, University of East Anglia, 25th January 2017

Making Sense of Sound – Before Interpretation, public lecture, Institut für Volkskunde/Europäische Ethnologie, LMU, München, Germany 24th April 2015

Afrofuturism: Technology & Fiction, Harold Offeh in conversation with Julian Henriques, (forthcoming, Goldsmiths Department of Visual Cultures Public Lecture series), 19th November 2015 Skin Deep Magazine

Sonic Womb Orbb, installation at Brain Forum scientific conference, Lausanne, Switzerland, sponsored by W Industries, Zurich, 27th and 28th May 2015

Professor Stuart Hall Week, 24 – 28 November 2014, curator; Stuart Hall International Conference: Conversations, Projects and Legacies, 28th November, conference committe member

Sound Systems Unplugged, Arnolfini, Bristol, conversation with Ras Muffet with live on stage demonstration of how a sound system works and why, at The Wire Off the Pager Festival, Saturday 27th September 2014

Sonic Diagrams, Sound sculpture and Re-presentation, presentation toSound Art Curating Conference, Goldsmiths, 15th May 2014
Dissidence in an Era of Diversity, talk for BME Skin Deep Conference, University of Oxford, 24th May 2014

Re-verb and Re-public, presentation to Music and the Public Sphere, symposium organised by Tejaswini Niranjana, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, 23rd and 24th April 2014

Sonic Space: the Extensive and Intensive Properties of Sounding in the Dancehall Session, or Tweeters in the Trees, presentation to ACLA Capitals, Sound Affects, NYU, New York, 22nd March 2014

Sonic Vision and the Auditory Imagination, lecture for UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 17th March 2014

The Art and Science of Sound: Learning from Jamaican Reggae Sound System Engineers, lecture to PUC –SP, San Paolo, Brazil, 13th March 2014

Augmented Reality: Placing Yourself in the Picture, presentation to Creative, Critical & Radical, Media & Communications 35th Anniversary Conference, 8th November 2013

Dawn Penn’s You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No) presentation toFieldwork Playlist symposium, Goldsmiths, 20th November 2013

Sonic Embodiment in Arts, Science and Popular Culture, “Lets Talk About,” public lecture, University of Rijeka, Croatia, 31st October 2013

Hip Hop: the New World Order, host for UK film premier, Goldsmiths, 11th September 2013

The Secret Science of Sound: Learning from Jamaican Dancehall, talk at Bold Tendencies, Peckham, London, 24th August 2013

We the Ragamuffin, film showing and discussion, Bold Tendencies, Peckham, London,
23rd August 2013
Ragamuffin film clip

Knots & Donuts 3D sound sculpture exhibited with Sound Reasons at Khoj Studio, New Delhi, India, 22nd March to 27th March 2013