In the fall of 2019 researchers at PULSE Concordia University hosted a workshop with guest researchers Kristine Samson and Niels Jørgen Gommesen to explore acoustic urban ecologies and the ways that sound(s) locate them in space and time. This audio-visual paper has also become a platform that brings together—performatively—artist-researchers undertaking projects drawing from fields of urbanism, performance design, architecture, spatial and sound art practices.
Much of our collective thinking about sound and urban space has been informed by the work of Brandon LaBelle and his notions of “poor acoustics” and the “overheard,” which we elaborate on and in relation to the immaterial presence of algorithms that govern urban spaces. Shoshana Zuboff’s ideas on surveillance capitalism and Rosi Braidotti’s work on posthuman knowledge (2019) have also acted as foundations for us to think through the political possibilities of acoustics in contested city sites.
Stay tuned for the launch of our collective audio-visual paper.
Collaborators (in alphabetical order): Niels J. Gommeson, Shauna Janssen, Katrina Jurjans, Eduardo Perez, Kristine Samson, and christian scott.