Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP)
Based at London College of Communication (LCC), University of the Arts, London, Creative Research into Sound Art Practice (CRiSAP) is an organisation dedicated to the development of the emerging disciplinary field of sound art and design.
Through research conducted by its members, CRiSAP has sought to encourage the broadening and deepening of the discursive context in which sound art is practised. In the past, this has included activities in a number of different areas including the engagement with relationships between sound and environment, the research and dissemination of artists' practices with the spoken word, developing new creative software, and multidisciplinary and cross-cultural approaches to listening as a practice, philosophy and methodology.
Students working within CRiSAP have worked collaboratively on a number of projects with other UK based institutions such as the University of Kent Radio, the Animation department at the Royal College of Art (RCA), students at Circus Space and the London Sinfonietta.
Seeking to extend the organisations innovation outside of the UK, CRiSAP has been involved in the production of symposia in Zurich (2009) and Aix-en Provence (2010) as well as an evening of performances at the Gallus Theatre in Frankfurt (2009).
International projects such as these helped develop a rewarding relationship with the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, leading to artists’ residencies, workshops, and student and staff exchanges.
The value of CRiSAP’s work has been recognised by the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Wellcome Trust and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, who all helped fund the group.
With this funding CRiSAP members continued to produce and edit books, monographs, and CD compilations, curate and contribute to gallery and online exhibitions, as well as organise conferences and symposia. All such activities have helped towards the increasing recognition of the emerging discipline of sound art and design within a recognisable and accessible scholarly framework.
University of the Arts, London