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No Outsides

Metal in an Era of Contagion

Date & time
Tuesday, June 6, 2023 –
Friday, June 9, 2023
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


This event is free


Grimposium, ISMMS 2023


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Wheel chair accessible


Stop by 4th Space for a series of events for the 6th meeting of the International Society for Metal Music Studies (ISMMS) exploring the theme of “No Outsides: Metal in an Era of Contagion.”

These events include an art installation, a vocal workshop, a radio station [NOPRS FM], and live performances by the No Outsides Band. 

Six decades from its counter-cultural inception, what remains of metal’s relation to the outside forces of extremity, abolition and transformation? The 2023 ISMMS conference, which will be hosted by an interdisciplinary team of scholars, students and artists, will explore this question through a series of talks, artistic interventions, panels and workshops. Oriented toward the question of metal study’s relationship to the outside in an era of contagion, this conference will explore questions related to themes of urgency and emergency, extremity and enclosure, contagion and containment, plurality and polarization, queerness and ecological outsides, and futurity and fatality.

See the 4th Space schedule here:

Tuesday, June 6  
11:00am - 11:30am No Outsides Live + Street Studio Museum Nature + No Outsides Polymorphous Radio Station [NOPRS FM]
3:30pm - 4:30pm Opening of Street Studio Museum Nature with Juan Pablo Macías
Wednesday, June 7  
11:00am - 11:30am No Outsides Live + Street Studio Museum Nature + No Outsides Polymorphous Radio Station [NOPRS FM]
Thursday, June 8  
11:00am - 11:30am No Outsides Live + Street Studio Museum Nature+ No Outsides Polymorphous Radio Station [NOPRS FM]
4:30pm - 6:00pm No Outsides Live Performance
Friday, June 9  
9:30am - 11:00am Inclusion Through Exclusion Workshop
11:00am - 12:30pm No Outsides Live Performance

How can you participate? Attend in person.

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About the Projects


Juan Pablo Macías 

STREET STUDIO MUSEUM NATURE gathers works of different periods by Juan Pablo Macías that relate through the constant use of extreme music and its relation to space. Over the years, music has accompanied Macías’ research on anarchism as a critique of representation in terms of image-making and mainly as a structuring of thought and its materialization in the social realm and institutions. 

Juan Pablo Macías (México, 1974) is an artist and researcher whose investigations of anarchism aim to offer critiques of representation that takes many forms. Editorial projects, poetry, video, installations, and performance all serve as fields to for Macías to signal diverse situations produced by the encounter between power-knowledge and insurrectional-knowledge, between a system of representation and affectivity.


RADIO STATION: No Outsides Polymorphous Radio Station 


Tune into NOPRS FM throughout the conference using your No Outsides receiver that you will get at registration! Visit the dedicated NOPRS DJs, Lucas Thow and Angus Tarnawsky, to learn more and to add your voice to the mix.

NOPRS FM will feature music, interviews, experimental transmissions and live feeds throughout the event. The aim, following renowned radio artist Tetsuo Kogawa, is to consider radio in its extreme possibilities through the practice of free narrowcasting.


Inclusion Through Exclusion

A Workshop with Members of the No Outsides Band

Leila Abdul-Rauf is a composer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and music educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Co-founder and main songwriter of extreme metal bands Vastum, Saros, and electronic/ambient trio Ionophore, Leila is an established cinematic-ambient solo artist having released four albums under her name, and has collaborated with countless others. Leila is also an academic at heart, having received a Master's degree in Audiology and Speech Sciences from Purdue University in 2001, with a focus on psycholinguistics, voice disorders, and child language research. 

Dan Butler is a psychoanalytic clinician in San Francisco and a doctoral candidate in History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dan has published numerous articles and sits on the editorial boards of Studies in Gender and Sexuality and the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Outside of clinical and academic work, Dan is the vocalist and intermittent visual artist for various bands, including Vastum, Acephalix, and Draghkar. 



Band member bios:

Vivek Venkatesh, PhD, is a filmmaker, musician, curator, and applied learning scientist whose research and research-creation programs focus on community resilience and pluralism through a resolutely public pedagogical approach. Vivek holds the UNESCO co-chair in Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism and serves as co-director of the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada where he is Full Professor of Inclusive Practices in Visual Arts and Chair of the Department of Art Education.

Annabelle Brault is a music therapist and an electronic musician. She has played with artists such as Justin Wright and Simon Leoza, and is collaborating with arc, Landscape of Hate, Halka and No Outsides on multimedia performances and recordings.

Jessie Beier is an artist, researcher, philosopher and conjurer of weird pedagogies for unthought futures. Working at the intersection of philosophy, artistic (non)production and radical pedagogy, Beier’s research-creation practice experiments with summoning heretical forms of pedagogy aimed at collective practices of negation, refusal and fabulation. 

Owen Chapman is a composer, DJ, researcher and professor in Sound Production and Scholarship in the department of Communication Studies at Concordia University. 

Nik Forrest is an interdisciplinary artist based in Tio’tia:ke/Montreal working with sound, video and installation. They are also a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Humanities program at Concordia University. 

Jason J. Wallin is a Professor of Media and Youth Culture in Curriculum in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, Canada. He is the author of “A Deleuzian Approach to Curriculum: Essays on a Pedagogical Life” (Palgrave Macmillan), co-author of “Arts-Based Research: A Critique and Proposal” (with jan jagodzinski, Sense Publishers), co-editor of “Deleuze, Guattari, Politics and Education” (with Matt Carlin, Bloomsbury), and co-producer of the 2016 extreme music documentary entitled “Blekkmetal” (with David Hall, Vivek Venkatesh and Owen Chapman). 

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