CAVE — Centre for Audiovisual Experimentation


Dr Sam Belinfante is an artist living and working in London. Along with filmmaking and photographic work, his practice incorporates curating, sound and performance. Recent exhibitions include On the Heights, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2017); This is a Voice at MAAS Sydney and Wellcome Collection, London (2016-17) and To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells, Radar at Loughborough’s Carillion (2018). Recent performances include They Are Waiting for You, with Laure Prouvost and Pierre Droulers at Kaaitheater, Brussels (2019), Feedback at Palais De Tokyo, Paris (2017) and On the One Hand and the Other at Camden Art Centre where he was artist in residence 2015-16. In 2021 Belinfante presented On the Circulation of Blood, a major sculptural and performance commission for Creative Folkestone Triennial.

Belinfante initiated CAVE in 2018 in collaboration with staff and students from across the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures at University of Leeds where he was Assistant Professor until 2022.

Dr Scott McLaughlin is an Irish composer and improviser based in Huddersfield (UK). He started out as a shoegaze/experimental guitarist before studying music in his 20s at University of Ulster then MA/PhD University of Huddersfield (with Christopher Fox, PA Tremblay, Bryn Harrison, and James Saunders). Currently, Scott lectures in composition at the University of Leeds. His music focuses on phenomena of sound, on contingency and indeterminacy in instruments, and performers responding-to and working-with that agency of the instrument. His work has been performed by Zubin Kanga, Heather Roche, Mira Benjamin, Explore Ensemble, BBC SSO, and others.

Prof John Mowitt holds the Leadership Chair in the Critical Humanities in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. He was formerly Professor in the Dept. of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota. His publications range widely over the fields of culture, politics and theory. In 2008 he collaborated with the composer Jarrod Fowler to transfigure his book, Percussion: Drumming, Beating, Striking (2002), from a printed to a sonic text/performance, “Percussion” as Percussion. His Radio: Essays in Bad Reception appeared in 2011, published by University of California Press. Sounds was published by California University Press in 2015. In addition, he is a senior co-editor of the journal, Cultural Critique.

PhD and postdoctoral researchers

Dr Ed McKeon, Dr Siôn Parkinson, Dr Patrick Ward.

Regular collaborators

Film and Video Umbrella, The Hepworth Wakefield, Joseph Kohlmaier, Alex De Little, Leeds Art Gallery, Simon Lewandowski, Rory McCartney, Ed McKeon, Griselda Pollock, Patrick Ward.

Previous Collaborators

Juliet Fraser, Andrea Gyenge, Andy Holden, Joan La Barbara, Soojin Chang, Jim Hobbs and Andrew Hill, Claire Hope, Bethan Hughes, Isaac Jean-François, Sarah Kate Wilson, Mikhail Karikis, Darian Leader, Anton Lukoszevieze, Christian Marclay, Jo McGongial, Elaine Mitchener, The Otolith Group, Gill Park, Dhanveer Singh Brar, Nicola Singh, Hardeep Pandhal & David Steans, Susan Philipsz, Elizabeth Price, Lottie Saad, Georgina Starr, David Toop.

Special thanks also to Danielle Goule, Jenny Handley, Jamie Hudson, Eleanor Rambellas-Roche and Anya Stewart-Maggs.

CAVE design by Rory McCartney.