The Sonic Corpus

2013-06-13 | Lecture | Institute for Cultural Inquiry Berlin
Holger Schulze
The Sonic Corpus.
A Materialist Anthropology of Sound

Institute for Cultural Inquiry Berlin
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D-10119 Berlin




Resonant Bodies: Landscapes of Acoustic Tension
(Concept: Zeynep Bulut, Brandon LaBelle & Claudia Peppel)


A critical reading of the science history of Western explorations into the qualities and materializations of the sonic as executed e.g. by Hermann von Helmholtz, Harvey Fletcher or Leo Leroy Beranek inspires to an epistemic reconceptualization:

Is it possible to outline an anthropology of sound that is not limited either to culturally deeply biased empirical research or to historicized and logocentric concepts of signal processing?

This contribution proposes a materialist anthropology that implies a plastic transcultural corporeality of the sonic: a theoretical foundation for sound studies drawn from the methodological and anthropological insights of New Materialism (Serres/Nancy/Eshun) as well as Dispositive Analysis (Gibson/Latour/Debray).

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