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CfP: “Sounding out the Anthropocene. …

… Investigating Sonic Media Ecologies” – der Workshop der GfM-AG “Auditive Kultur und Sound Studies” u.a. lädt am 10. und 11. März 2016 nach Basel ein. Vorschläge zur inhaltlichen Gestaltung werden bis 01. Dezember entgegengenommen.

Der gesamte Call for Papers zum Nachlesen:

“International Exploratory Workshop der GfM-AG ≫Auditive Kultur und Sound Studies≪ und des Instituts

Experimentelle Design- und Medienkulturen der Hochschule fur Gestaltung und Kunst FHNW

10th/11th of March, 2016

Critical Media Lab Basel, HGK FHNW

Organisation: Felix Gerloff, Shintaro Miyazaki, Sebastian Schwesinger

The past years have witnessed a shift in media and cultural theory towards an ecological understanding of human

and non-human media cultures (Fuller 2005, Horl 2011, Parikka 2015). Man-made technological infrastructures

reshaped the planet earth to an extent that geologists are discussing the establishment a new geological era:

the Anthropocene (Crutzen 2002). Conversely, this draws attention to non-human actors, perspectives and

ecosystems of animals, insects or machines. An ecological and posthuman approach to auditory media cultures

(Volmar/Schroter 2013) might then be fruitful in order to develop new understandings of sonic phenomena and

contemporary culture and society in their interdependence with their surroundings and geophysical or

technological structures. This also involves including sound technologies and sonic media in the ongoing

discourse on sustainability and environmentally conscious design.

An ecological approach entails investigations of actors and their interrelations with their respective environments

in a rather biological understanding as well as in cybernetic and system-theoretical contexts. The work of Douglas

Kahn is pioneering in this area in including sound in accounts of contemporary media ecologies on a global scale.

In his recent book Earth Sound Earth Signal he investigates the impact of naturally occurring electromagnetism

and its sounds on the history of telecommunications, the sciences and arts (Kahn 2013). Jacob Smith’s Eco-sonic

Media applies an ecological critique to the history of sound media technologies with a focus on pre-electronic and

non-digital media (Smith 2015).

To this end the workshop will include keynote lectures by proponents of media ecological research perspectives,

working sessions on the basis of prior readings and statements of the participants and live demonstrations

of media settings at the Critical Media Lab as complements to conventional conference talks.

The workshop welcomes contributions that relate to one or several of the following issues as well as submissions

that address traditional issues in our field and approach them from an ecological perspective:

• sonic ecosystems: auditory media cultures approached in ecological terms

• sound and the sensorium: hearing and sound sensors in relation to other senses and sensing devices

• the critical potential of sound: sonically challenged notions of space and time (atmospheres, urban

space, rhythmicity, deep time)

• sounds of the Anthropocene: analyses of concrete encounters and experiences with sonic infrastructures

or infrastructural sounds

• excavating sonic design practices: case studies of sound design processes that contribute to shaping our


• broadening the spectrum: how do nonhuman sounds and signals challenge our understanding of sound

and hearing?

• transgressing the audible: models and practices of mediation of sound in multisensorial ecosystems

• sonic experimental systems: simulations, modelings, auralisations and their relation to the world

Proposals for talks (~300 words) can be sent to both felix.gerloff@fhnw.ch and sebastian.schwesinger@huberlin.

de until the 1st of December 2015. Notifications will be sent out by December 18th.”

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