A day of listening experiences and conversations exploring the production, politics and ethics of acoustic ecological and acoustemological research and art, featuring special performance event 'Voices of the Rainforest'.
One of four curated days in the conference's Screen/Media/Art program.
A day of listening experiences and conversations exploring the production, politics and ethics of acoustic ecological and acoustemological research and art.
Anthropologist, filmmaker, sound artist/performer Steven Feld (Senior Scholar, School for Advanced Research) and Acoustic Ecology researcher and sound artist Leah Barclay (Research Fellow, Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre; President, Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology and Vice President, World Forum for Acoustic Ecology) will present talks and sound installations.
Special public keynote/performance event: 25th anniversary surround sound re-mix of iconic acoustemological work 'Voices of the Rainforest' by Steven Feld.
The day concludes with Feld and Barclay joined by Daniel Fisher (Anthropology, UC Berkeley) for a conversation on sound, listening and sonic arts in a critical anthropology and beyond.
One of four curated days in the conference's Screen/Media/Art program
This panel is closed to new paper proposals.
AURALITY (Augmented Reality Sound Walk)
Aurality is an augmented reality audio project exploring rainforests, rivers, and reefs through acoustic ecology. The app uses GPS points to trigger audio based on location and movement.
AURALITY can be experienced by downloading a free mobile app that uses GPS points throughout the conference venues to trigger audio based on location and movement. The free app for iOS and Android launched on World Listening Day 2017 with 100 soundscapes activated across the entire coastline of Queensland. AURALITY combines acoustic ecology, augmented reality and location-aware spatial audio experiences for conservation and climate action.
Once you have downloaded AURALITY, select your location and your phone will act as a sonic compass to explore Shifting States through sound. The AURALITY soundscapes will adapt and evolve throughout the conference so you can return to your favourite locations to explore different soundscapes. AURALITY is best experienced wearing headphones.
AURALITY is created by Leah Barclay, a multi-award winning Australian sound artist working at the intersection of art, science and technology.
Embodied listening: Exploring acoustic ecology, mobile technologies and remote sensing in local and global communities
This research explores new perspectives in acoustic ecology and investigates the role of sound in achieving connection to place. The presentation highlights the future possibilities of mobile technologies in understanding and interrogating our relationship with places and communities through sound.
Sound has a profound ability to make us feel present and connected to our surrounding environment. Recent years have seen a proliferation of site-specific audio works exploring the possibilities of mobile technologies and locative media in place. This means at any given moment in an urban environment, we could be moving through a sound field of voices, music, memories and sonic art dispersed invisibly throughout the places we inhabit. The advancement of new technologies and the accessibility of mobile devices mean this field presents new opportunities for exploring our social, cultural and ecological environments through sound.
As locative media and augmented reality audio shifts into mainstream culture, this presentation traces creative explorations with locative sound and acoustic ecology stretching across a decade of practice. The projects facilitate new ways of listening to the environment and novel forms of experiencing, documenting and understanding acoustic ecology through embodied surround sound technologies. This research expands acoustic ecology through social engagement and ideas adopted from cultural geography, anthropology, systems thinking, aurality, phenomenology and conservation biology.
These creative projects draw on sound walking, mobile technologies and locative media to investigate the role of sound in achieving presence and connection to place and communities. The presentation highlights the future possibilities of mobile technologies in understanding and interrogating our relationship with places and communities through sound.
From Acoustemology to Sound Art: Recomposing Voices of the Rainforest in 7.1 Surround Sound
Overview of the fusion of acoustemological research and sound art practice in the recomposition of Voices of the Rainforest (1991) in the 7.1 surround sound immersive format.
Review of the linkages between the theory of acoustemology (acoustic epistemology), ethnographic research on listening and auditory perception in the Papua New Guinea Bosavi rainforest, and the recomposition of the 1991 CD Voices of the Rainforest in the immersive 7.1 cinema surround sound for sound art installations and concerts in galleries, museums, and theaters, (and anthropology conferences, on occasion). Presentation will be followed in the next session by a sound performance of this work.
Performance Keynote: From Acoustemology to Sound Art: Recomposing Voices of the Rainforest in 7.1 Surround Sound
Performance of 25th anniversary edition of ‘Voices of the Rainforest’ (70 mins), recomposed and presented in immersive 7.1 cinema surround sound. Discussion after listening.
Sounds and voices: listening to acoustic ecology and acoustemology today
A conversation on sound, listening and sonic arts in a contemporary critical anthropology and beyond.
Reflecting on the meeting of acoustic ecological and acoustemological work and ideas throughout the day, and considering their histories in genealogies of research, art-making and community engagement, this final session will bring together Steve Feld and Leah Barclay with Daniel Fisher (Anthropology, UC Berkeley) to discuss the roles, places and powers of sound, listening and sonic arts in a contemporary critical anthropology and beyond.
This panel is closed to new paper proposals.