Brandon LaBelle

Professor of New Media
Kontor:C. Sundts gate 53

Brandon LaBelle is an artist, theorist and writer. He is Professor in New Media in a full-time position at Bergen Academy of the Art and Design (KHiB) since January 2011 for a period of six years.

Brandon LaBelle is an artist, writer and theorist working with questions of social life and cultural agency, using sound, performance, text and sited constructions. He develops and presents artistic projects and performances within a range of international contexts, often working in public. This leads to interventions and performative installations, archival work, and micro-actions aimed at the sphere of the (un)common and the unlikely. He is also an active lecturer working with institutions around the world addressing questions of auditory culture, sonic and spatial arts, experimental media practices and the voice. Current research projects focus on sonic agency, voice and the mouth, sonic materiality and auditory knowledge, and the aesthetics and politics of invisibility.

His work has been presented at the South London Gallery (2016), Tel Aviv University Art Gallery (2015), Marrakech Biennial (2014), General Public, Berlin (2013), The Whitney Museum, NY (2012), Image Music Text, London (2011), Sonic Acts, Amsterdam (2010), A/V Festival, Newcastle (2008, 2010), Tramway, Glasgow (2010), Museums Quartier/Tonspur, Vienna (2009), 7th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Allegro (2009), Center for Cultural Decontamination, Belgrade (2009), Casa Vecina, Mexico City (2008), Fear of the Known, Cape Town (2008), Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam (2003, 2007), Ybakatu Gallery, Curitiba, Brazil (2003, 2006, 2009), Singuhr Gallery, Berlin (2004), and ICC, Tokyo (2000). 

Also a prolific writer, he is the author of Lexicon of the Mouth: Poetics and Politics of Voice and the Oral Imaginary (2014), Diary of an Imaginary Egyptian (2012), Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life (2010), and Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art (2015; 2006). Through his work with Errant Bodies Press he has co-edited the anthologies Site of Sound: Of Architecture and the Ear Volumes 1 & 2 (1999, 2011), Writing Aloud: The Sonics of Language (2001), Surface Tension: Problematics of Site (2003) and Radio Territories (2007), along with a series of monographs (Critical Ear series) on sound and media artists. 

Brandon LaBelle received a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1998 and a PhD in Cultural Studies from the London Consortium in 2005. From 2006 to 2009 he worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen, and since 2007 he is living in Berlin. LaBelle has held guest professorships at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, and the Free University, Berlin. He was a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Humanities, Cornell University in 2012, and a visiting fellow at the Department of Computing, Goldsmiths College in 2016. In addition, he was an artist in residence at the Museums Quartier, Vienna in 2009, and at the South London Gallery, 2015-16. He is the editor of Errant Bodies Press, initiating publishing and research projects with international artists and researchers on the topics of sound and spatial arts, performativity, digital culture and contemporary political thought. 

Fields of Competence / Teaching: Sound Art (installation, media and performance practices), Sound Studies (sonic cultures, acoustic politics, sociology of listening, voice and voicing), Spatial & Expanded Practice (contextual and sited strategies, experimental architecture, urbanism, place based issues), Experimental Writing (creative non-fiction, expanded text, writing the body), Cultural Politics (citizenship studies, anarchist thought, open culture, and the powers of the weak).

Areas of curiosity: Puppetry, the Clownesque, & the Double; Prison literature; Masculinity studies; Stupid knowledge


Publisert: 20.09.2011 av Peter Klasson Oppdatert: 04.11.2016 av admin