[spectre] SOUND: MAH2019 / Media Art Histories 20-23 August 2019 - Call for Participation

Oliver Grau Oliver.Grau at donau-uni.ac.at
Thu Jun 28 16:05:31 CEST 2018

On Behalf of: Morten Søndergaard
<mortenson at hum.aau.dk<mailto:mortenson at hum.aau.dk>>

Dear Friends and Collegues,

Please consider and share this call for participation:
Sound, Media and Art – Theories, Histories, Practices.

August 20-23, 2019
Deadline, first call for participation: 15 August 2018

The histories of art are saturated by sonic experiments and expressions
(Kahn, Weibel). Yet, the occurrence of sound in art throughout the 18th,
19th and 20th century remains heavily under-theorized and
-contextualized, just as it is all but missing in existing archives
(with few important, albeit resent, exceptions).

These experiments and expressions can be seen as indexes of the
technology and electronic media implied when we use the term ‘media
art’; Moreover, the histories of sound also contain important
corrections to, on the one side, the traditional ‘art history’,
where the reduction of art to more or less fixed genres with specific
sensibilities seem to be accelerating; On another side, it contains
promising and crucial perspectives on the great variety of conceptions
feeding into the constructed field of ‘Media Art’: art and science
relations, cybernetics, transdisciplinary research, post-human studies,
digital humanities, art-based research, media archaeology, STS, and the
fields of robotic art, biotech art, and network and audio-based
practices,to name a few.

This, the ‘matter’ of sonic saturation and its interlinked
under-theorized situation, does not only concern the musicologists and a
small specialized field of sound researchers; it is, or should be, the
matter and concern of the whole media arts field: It speaks to its very
foundation in transmedia issues and different understanding of the
plurality of the histories contextualizing technologically mediated

Through its techno-resonating immersion, media art reverberates in all
cultural and societal matters on a pervasive scale. Re:sound will
address this techno-resonance, trans-mediality, and cultural and social
reverberation of media art, in general: It’s histo-ecologies,
-geologies, and -archeologies. As well as focusing on a wide range of
the field’s practitioners, producers and creators – past, present
and future.

In particular, Re:Sound will take a specific interest on the theories,
practices, histories etc of art and technology which are focusing on,
concerned with, reflecting on, including, mobilising and/or working with
sound, as a main component or an integral part.
More info and details about the call here:

Morten Søndergaard
MA, PhD. Associate Professor & Media Art Curator. RELATE – Research
Laboratory of Art & Technology.
School of Communication, Art & technology, Aalborg University
Contact:  mortenson at hum.aau.dk<mailto:mortenson at hum.aau.dk> | ☎ 9940
2552  |
A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, 3.sal, DK-2450 Copenhagen.

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