There is an interesting Conference about Sound and the City in Cambridge this Friday (22 February 2008). It is organised by the Cambridge University City Seminar at CRASSH (Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities). They are also organising the Conference “Music, Sound, and the Reconfiguration of Public and Private Space” that will take place 18-19 April 2008 in Cambridge, as Blogged earlier. Registration is now open for this event!
This is the conference announcement from their website:
Taking as its theme the intersection of sound and the city, this seminar seeks to present theoretical, artistic and empirical accounts of the complex relationships between acoustics, sensory awareness and performance in the context of urban space, landscape and the built environment (historic and contemporary). But the concepts of ‘sound’ and ‘the city’ are only intended to serve as departure points for more creative reflections on, or interventions into, this theme. A discussion of sound could well include an account of silence, just as a description of a city or urban space might well ask where the city ends and its other begins. Consequently, we expect an eclectic and illuminating discussion stemming from a variety of differing disciplines and backgrounds and forming previously unimagined connections.
- Janet Cardiff (Installation artist, Berlin & New York)
- Eric Clarke (Professor, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford)
Various Realities: Sound, Music, and Ecological Theory
- Michael Bull (Media and Film, University of Sussex)
Sounding Out Cosmopolitanism – Mobile Technologies and the migration of Difference
- Graham Jeffery (Institute for Performing Arts Development (IPAD), University of East London)
Expanding the learning soundscape: notes from some interventions in urban arts education
- Juliana Hodkinson (Composer and arts writer, Copenhagen)
Instrumentality and the urban instrumentarium: representation and agency in urban sound art
- Jacob Kreutzfeldt (Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen)
Acoustic territoriality in a Japanese shopping area
- Robin Rimbaud/Scanner (Sound artist and composer, www.scannerdot.com)< br/> Imaginary Highways: Sound Polaroids in the City
A provisional programme can be downloaded HERE.
- Uta Staiger (Department of German and Dutch)
- Henriette Steiner (Department of Architecture)
- Benjamin Morris(Department of Archaeology)