Archive for January, 2008
“Aural addictions” by Kathleen Ferguson. In “Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies” Volume 22 Issue 1 February 2008 , pages 69 – 77. See http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a789799223~db=all~order=page
Some ideas form a first quick reading of “Aural addictions”. Ferguson provides a critical discussion of key readings around personal stereos/Walkman/mp3 players, bringing to the field her own observations and a focus on bodies and materiality:
‘I’d like to review briefly some of the key moments in the personal stereo’s critical presence, before introducing a note of dissent into more recent approaches which see the latest permutations of the personal stereo as simply another step in a technological evolution. My argument is premised on the sense that there are substantive differences, both in terms of the material and the social consumption of digital media players that cuts them adrift from the literature that defined their formal predecessors.’ (p69)
Drawing on Williamson, Hosokawa, Bull, Chambers, Chow, Connor, du Gay/Hall et al and others, Ferguson opens up a space between Walkman and mp3 players that is a space between chance and choice, also opening up the debate to public space, civic engagement and the materiality of the devices.
I particularly like how Ferguson uses her observation of the absence of humming from most people’s mobile listening experience, using Lingis to talk about the pleasures of humming and the embarrassment of being caught humming. She observes ‘just how Read the rest of this entry »
Deadline: february, 5th 2008.
The second call for “Short Term Scientific Missions” (STSMs) is out. After a great response with many exciting projects I’m looking forward to the next applicants. And (of course) I’m hoping for many Interactive Art&Music projects and especially Mobile Sound projects…
From the website:
Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are aimed at strengthening the existing networks by allowing scientists to go to an institution or laboratory in another COST member state to foster collaboration, to learn a new technique or to take measurements using instruments and/or methods not available in their own institution/laboratory. They are particularly (yet not exclusively) intended for young scientists (especially PhD students). STSMs may also be used to reimburse the travel and accomodation expenses (not the participation fee) of students attending the International Conference on Auditory Display in Paris, where a SID session is scheduled for june, 27th.
For more detail about the call check the SID website.