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Friday Lecture (Open lecture): Marcel Cobussen and Mathew Fuller

Marcel: "The role and position of sound and sounding art in public urban spaces" Mathew: "Towards an Investigative Aesthetics"

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Friday 3 March 2017,  at 09:00 - 12:00
[Translate to English:] Marcel Cobussen

9-10:    Marcel Cobussen lecture "The role and position of sound and sounding art in public urban spaces​"  

10-10.30:  Questions and discussion

10:30-11:  BREAK 

11-11.30:  Matthew Fuller lecture "Towards an Investigative Aesthetics"

11.30-12:  Discussion+Q&A with both Cobussen and Fuller


“The role and position of sound and sounding art in public urban spaces” is a presentation which will take the audience on a sonic trip to three different cities: Berlin (DE), North Adams (US), and Sheffield (UK). Main subject is the contemporary sonic public urban environment and the role sound artists can play in (a) raising the auditory awareness of residents and users of these spaces and (b) changing (improving?) the sonic environment. Rationale grounding the presentation is a new sonic ecology which goes beyond the ideas formulated by R. Murray Schafer some 40 years ago.

Marcel Cobussen is Full Professor of Auditory Culture and Music Philosophy at Leiden University (the Netherlands) and the Orpheus Institute in Ghent (Belgium). He studied jazz piano at the Conservatory of Rotterdam and Art and Cultural Studies at Erasmus University, Rotterdam (the Netherlands). Cobussen is author of several books, among them The Field of Musical Improvisation (LUP 2017), Music and Ethics (Ashgate 2012/Routledge 2017, co-author Nanette Nielsen), and Thresholds. Rethinking Spirituality Through Music (Ashgate 2008). He is editor of The Routledge Companion to Sounding Art (Routledge 2016, co-editors Barry Truax and Vincent Meelberg) and Resonanties. Verkenningen tussen kunsten en wetenschappen (LUP 2011). He is editor-in-chief of the open access online Journal of Sonic Studies (www.sonicstudies.org). His PhD dissertation Deconstruction in Music (EUR 2002) is presented as an online website located at www.deconstruction-in-music.com.  


"Towards an investigative aesthetics"

Matthew Fuller is the author of the forthcoming, How to Sleep, in art, biology and culture, (Bloomsbury, Autumn 2017) and How to be a Geek, essays on the culture of software (Polity, Spring 2017). Other titles include Media Ecologies, materialist energies in art and technoculture (MIT), Behind the Blip, essays on the culture of software and Elephant & Castle (both Autonomedia). With Andrew Goffey he is co-author of Evil Media (MIT). He is editor of books including Software Studies, a lexicon (MIT), and is a co-editor of the journal Computational Culture (http://www.computationalculture.net). He is Professor of Cultural Studies and Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London.