Body06
WORKSHOP: The acoustics of dwelling, a sound programme

Convenors:
Carlo Cubero (Tallinn University)
Pablo D. Herrera Veitia (University of St. Andrews)
Stream:
Bodies, Affects, Senses, Emotions
Location:
VG 4.105
Start time:
29 March, 2017 at 8:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

How does dwelling sound like? How can "dwelling studies" inform field recordings, soundscapes, musicology, and phonology? This workshop features sound works that examine the affects and concepts associated with the practises, territorialities, and materialities of dwelling.

Long abstract:

This workshop features sound works that, through their format and content, examine the affects and concepts associated with the practises, territorialities, and materialities of dwelling. We are interested in showcasing sound works that focus on the embodied skills at stake in the constitution of dwelling spaces, rather than on binary oppositions that emphasise its contradictory properties. The workshop intends to address practises associated with dwelling, sound recording, and listening in order to draw connections between sonic experiences and dwelling and to ask what a sonics of dwelling could tell us about the human relations that produce these 'substantial structures.' This workshop provides a space where we can listen to anthropologically informed sound works on dwelling and discuss methodologies, circumstances, and the multiple mediations that result in the production of sound works from the perspective of dwelling. Our starting point is a critique of conceptualisations of sound as an object of nature that can be apprehended and reconstructed through value-free methodologies. We understand sonic-ethnographies as authored narrativizations of empirical experiences, rather than articulations of transcendent principles, which ascribe conceptual causes to the unfolding of life. The workshop will also invite listeners to engage actively with the recordings, immerse themselves in the sonic moment, and consider how the listener and designer are mutually implicated in the creation of the sonic experience. We accept proposals of 15 minute (max.) sound works to be followed by a 5 minute discussion. Proposals should consist of an abstract and, preferably, a link to the sound work.