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Conference - The Role and Position of Sounds and Sounding Art in Public Urban Environments

  • Salomé Voegelin (London College of Communication)
  • Gascia Ouzounian (University of Oxford)
  • Michael Bull (University of Essex)
  • Jean-Paul Thibaud (French National Center for scientific Research)
Tuesday 29 November 2016 - Wednesday 30 November 2016
Gravensteen, Pieterskerkhof 6, Leiden

The Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) is hosting an international conference on November 29 and 30 at Gravensteen on the role and position of sounds and sounding arts in public urban environments. This unique conference aims to increase the attention to the role of the sound, sound design, and sounding art in urban spaces.

Sounds in urban spaces

Sounds in urban spaces (co)-regulate our behavior, attract specific groups that give space a specific identity, call for certain actions, make us nauseated; sounds thus have social, political, ethical, and economic power. Also, sounding art has the potential to contribute directly to an improvement of city soundscapes, while a more fundamental and scholarly attention to sounds in public  urban spaces can lead to a concrete contribution to already existing discourses in urban studies, history, anthropology, and philosophy.

Prof. dr. Marcel Cobussen

Prof. dr. Marcel Cobussen, newly installed professor in Auditory Culture in Leiden University, is the organizer behind the conference. On November 28 he will give his inaugural lecture, Towards a (New) Sonic Ecology,  in the Groot Auditorium of the Academiegebouw.

Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers are Salomé Voegelin (London College of Communication), Gascia Ouzounian (University of Oxford), Michael Bull ( University of Essex) and Jean-Paul Thibaud (French National Center for scientific Research). Beside these speakers, listening to sounds and sounding art will be a prominent activity during these two fascinating days.

Please find the program here


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