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The sense of sound

The sense of sound


2017 Project submitted by New York University | Embassy of France support: $ 9000

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Summary of the Project

How do we make sense with our ears? How far do we understand the world by listening to, as opposed to viewing it? What are the political and Esthetic stakes of listening to the other, instead of looking at them? Is the space we inhabit a soundscape as much or more than it is a landscape, and what can this tell us about art, ethics, ecology? Have different periods seen major changes in the priority accorded to hearing versus seeing, and are we now entering a new age of the aural? Does sound signify differently across different art forms – musical forms, theater, video -‐ and in different historical periods? With the aim of exploring questions such as these, this 2 ½ day conference, co-organized by the Center’s Director and François Noudelmann (Paris 8) with the collaboration of NYU Steinhardt and the Institut de recherché et coordination accoustique/musique, Paris

(IRCAM), will bring together scholars of French and sound artists from France and the francophone world.

The  program, which will be made up of lectures, discussions, and interview--‐style sessions, will be organized around performances in a fluid structure that will enable both intellectual enquiry and aesthetic reflection.