Course / Workshop

Designing a Sonic Planet

18 Mar 2023 12-5pm


Designing a Sonic Planet is a series of meetings, staged in different places, concerned with how sound and a sonic thinking can help us approach the global and local challenges of today. In this venture we are motivated by the invisible and relational logic of sound: how it can make us see and sense the world as an entangled place, and thus how it can help us think and work with the “entangled problems" of climate change, related public health issues, scarcity of resources, social justice, but also more specific and local emergencies, from sound’s own entangledness.

The first such event took place in Berlin, on Sat 1 Oct. We came together as a group of researchers, artists, students, scientists and people personally and professionally invested in contemporary challenges and/ or the sonic, to together think and workshop what we are facing, and to design, generate, discuss and propose, potential solutions or at least pathways to solutions or the conditions needed towards the aim of treading another path.

For this third iteration in Nottingham we will meet at Nottingham Contemporary to discuss, listen, sound and think together, as we hope by repeating such ventures across different localities to gain an understanding of the local and specific emergencies/urgencies in each place: to scale down what is overwhelming when thought about on a global scale and use the necessarily local invisibility of sound and its connecting logic, to see things differently and up close. We hope to in this manner generate a discussion that can connect to other work going on in this area and to bring a sonic/relational competencies to current crises.

The event starts at 12pm and will end around 5pm with a break for lunch. Please bring, if you have, a sound recording device, and or a camera, or simply a smart phone capable to do both. If you have neither do not worry, we will share.

This event is part of Emergency&Emergence, our multi-platform research programme that unearths transdisciplinary, sensorial and speculative practices of radical sensemaking and wayfinding via questions of repair, pedagogy, remediation and mutation.

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