In the Field 2

In the Field 2

A three day event exploring the themes, issues and practices of contemporary field recording

Dates: 4, 5, 6  July 2024.

Venue: In person at London College of Communication, Elephant and Castle, London, SE1 6SB and online

Following on from our previous call for contributions we are delighted to announce In The Field 2 an event exploring the themes, issues and practices of contemporary field recording. Over three days, through peer-reviewed presentations, workshops, sound and video works, we will share multi-disciplinary perspectives on practices, methods and theoretical approaches from over eighty international presenters. 

In the Field 2 follows on from the international 2013 symposium of the same name, organised by CRiSAP (Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice), University of the Arts London in collaboration with the British Library. While the 2013 event mapped contemporary practices and their historical precedents, In the Field 2 will investigate how the practice of field recording has changed in the intervening decade of escalating ecological, political, social and financial challenges.


Indicative panels are as follows (NB this is subject to change):

Thursday 4 July 2024

(Includes parallel sessions)

Placing the Field 

Capturing and Releasing Lifeworlds

Hearing Criticalities: Layers in Space and Time

Concrete and Abstract: Pressing Record and Activating Collections

Memory Machines: Inclusion, Ethics, Authenticity

Friday 5 July 2024

(Includes parallel sessions)

The Social Lives of Sounds

Listening, Relistening, Reflecting, Resisting

Interference, Energy, Technology, Polyphony

Bodies, Care and Ghosts

Performing Archives, Hearing

Amplification, Attention, Reception

Sensory Collaborations

Sonic Ethnographies

Saturday 6 July 2024

Swarms, Streams, Samples, Dummy Heads

Localities and Elsewheres

Acoustic Witnessing

with four workshops happening throughout the day, titles to be released soon

There will also be a workshop programme and a listening room and video screening room available throughout the event. A full schedule will be released shortly.

Ticket Options:

Tickets are strictly limited, early booking is required.

Concession tickets are available to students, low-waged and other concessions.

Online tickets will be given access to a live link to watch the conference panels taking place within the main lecture theatre. The panels taking place in the parallel lecture theatre will be recorded and made available after the event. The workshops will not be live streamed or recorded. 

Lunch (available to book up until June 9th) is charged at £10.50 p/day for a hearty salad lunch box that will be provided for you at the college. We are working with a vegan, local, not-for-profit social enterprise, Café Van Gogh, who will provide a different delicious lunch each day. If you require a gluten-free box, please let us know when booking. There are limited lunch options nearby, so we do recommend booking a lunch. Please add one lunch PER DAY into your basket.

Please note: additional free tickets for workshops will be made available to ticket holders (in-person only) shortly before the conference. There will only be a limited number of these available and they will take place as parallel sessions.

This is a not-for-profit event.



Accessibility & Directions: The event will be held in two lecture theatres on the ground floor with step-free access. The workshop programme and the listening room will be located on upper floors of the building accessible by lift. Please do get in touch with us in advance of the event to discuss any access requirements, and we will endeavour to support your needs. For full access and route guides to LCC, please visit AccessAble.

Important filming and photography notice: Please note that filming and photography may be taking place at this event. Both bigger crowds, smaller groups and individuals may be captured on camera. All imagery and footage may at some point be published on the College websites, social media channels, and in print.

Virtual Event Privacy Notice: Please see UAL’s Virtual Event Privacy Notice which sets out how your personal information will be collected and processed if you attend the event online. (NB At CRiSAP we do not store your registration information in Zoom)