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29 & 30 November: Conference - The Role and Position of Sounds and Sounding Art in Public Urban Environments

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.

Conference Program


09:30 – 10:00: Registration

10:00 – 10:20:  Falk Hübner/Maarten Zaagman: “I Will Carry You Over Hard Times”

10:20 – 10:30:  Welcome (Marcel Cobussen)

Theme 1: Sound and Urban (Atmo)Spheres (Chair: Vincent Meelberg)

10:30 – 10:50:  Miguelangel Clerc: “NS Den Haag-Groningen”

10:50 – 11:10:   Jean-Paul Thibaud: “Atmospheric Impregnation”

11:10 – 11:30:    Coffee Break + Cathy van Eck: “Für Kopfhörende”

11:30 – 11:50:   Rene van Egmond: “Soundscapes in Human Product Interactions”

11:50 – 12:15:   Gabriel Paiuk: “Technological conditions and engagement”

12:15 – 12:45:   Discussion

13:00 – 14:00: Lunch (Faculty Club)

Theme 2: Sound Art in Public Spaces (Chair: Jan Nieuwenhuis)

14:30 – 14:50:   Salomé Voegelin: “Sound Art as Public Art”

14:50 – 15:10:    Raviv Ganchrow: “Latent Aurality of Anechoic Chambers”

15:10 – 15:30:    Irene van Kamp: “Understanding perceived soundscapes”

15:30 – 16:00:   Discussion

16:00 – 16:30:   Coffee Break + Cathy van Eck: “Für Kopfhörende”

Theme 3: Contemporary Urban Acoustic Experiences (Chair: Sharon Stewart)

16:30 – 16:50:  Falk Hübner/Juan Parra: “Jukebox”

16:50 – 17:10:   Gascia Ouzounian: “Acoustic Urbanism”

17:10 – 17:30:   Tjeerd Andringa: “Experiencing Sound Annoyance”

17:30 – 18:00:  Discussion

18:30 – 22:00:  Conference Dinner


09:30 – 10:00: Registration

10:00 – 10:20: Justin Bennett: “Hyper-Forum: listening to the social”

10:20 – 10:25: Marcel Cobussen


Theme 4: Towards an Auditory Epistemology (Chair: Marcel Cobussen)

10:25 – 10:45:  Edwin van der Heide: “Son-O-House, Spectral Diffractions,

                             and Schwingungen – Schwebungen”

10:45 – 11:05:   Michael Bull: “Sirens: From Sonic Myth to Sonic Materiality?”

11:05 – 11:35:    Coffee Break + + Cathy van Eck: “Für Kopfhörende”

11:35 - 11:55:     Paul Craenen: “On sound art and listening time”

11:55 – 12:15:    Christopher Williams: “Opening Ears and Selling MorrowSound”

12:15 – 12:25:   Michiel Huijsman: “Is place confinement a form of deafness?”

12:25 – 13:00:  Discussion

13:00 – 13:25:  Cilia Erens: “Moving the Masses” (Soundwalk)

13:30 – 14:30    Lunch (Faculty Club)

Download the program here

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