Marc Couroux is an inframedial artist, pianistic heresiarch, schizophonic magician, teacher (York University) and author of speculative theory-fictions. His xenopraxis burroughs into uncharted perceptual aporias, transliminal zones in which objects become processes, surfaces yield to sediment, and extended duration pressures conventions beyond intended function. His work has been exhibited and performed internationally (Amsterdam, Berlin, Chicago, Glasgow, London, etc). With Asounder, a sonic tactic collective, he coordinated the “(un)sound occupation” workshop (collapsing sound and politics) in Toronto in 2013. He is a founding member of The Occulture (with David Cecchetto, Ted Hiebert, eldritch Priest & Rebekah Sheldon), a Toronto collective investigating the esoteric imbrications of sound, affect and hyperstition through (among other constellating ventures) “Tuning Speculation: Experimental Aesthetics and the Sonic Imaginary”, an ongoing workshop with yearly iterations (5 so far), and the “Sounding the Counterfactual” stream at the 2014 London Conference in Critical Thought (a blog at theocculture.net documents their evolving thought-forms). Recent talks occurred at New York University, Signal Path workshop (New York, Center for Transformative Media, Parsons), Kingston University (London), Goldsmiths, University of London, the Aesthetics After Finitude conference in Sydney, Australia and LOMAA (London Media Arts Association). Recent publications include the quad-authored (Occulture) “Ludic Dreaming: How to Listen Away from Contemporary Technoculture” (Bloomsbury), a “Preemptive Glossary for a Techno-Sonic Control Society” in the Volumes catalogue (Blackwood Gallery), a speculative tract on AUDiNT for the CTM Festival (Berlin), a review of occult auditory documentation in the inceptive issue of Sound Studies (Bloomsbury) and chapters in “The Idea of the Avant-Garde” (Manchester University Press), “Aesthetics After Finitude” (re.press), “Phono-Fictions and Other Felt Thoughts” (Noxious Sector Press) and “Unsound : Undead” (Univocal, with The Occulture). “Xenaudial”, an evolving “psychoacoustic fugue” is currently 98 episodes strong, with phases 3 and 4 to appear in Summer 2018 (xenaudial.wordpress.com). Xenaudial’s sonic hyperstitions are available at xenaudial.bandcamp.com. In 2018, recordings of Couroux’s works “le contrepoint académique (sic), Carpenter et al., Downey Lyrical Holdings, a Real-Time System as of March 29, 2007”, and “In a Sedimental Mood” (as Algorithmic Moods Inc.) will be released. His drone band Nidus (“staring into an event horizon”), with Jason Doell & Matthew Ramolo, is currently at work on a 100-hour sedimentation of experiments realized over the past 3 years. Couroux’s hyperstitional doppelgänger was famously conjured in Priest’s “Boring Formless Nonsense” (Bloomsbury, 2013). He tweets as @xenopraxis.
As of January 2018