Programme de recherche – Sound Unheard

Première rencontre des auteurs de la publication Sound Unheard (prévue en 2019 dans Kunsttexte / Auditive Pespektiven hosted by Humboldt Universität Berlin) au Goethe-Institut Paris. Organisée le 19 septembre à 10h dans le cadre du projet Sound Unhearddirigé par Anne Zeitz, EA 7472 PTAC, en collaboration avec Jan Thoben, Universität der Künste Berlin.

 

Mario De Vega, ABSENTIA, 2012 – 2016, vidéo still

Sound Unheard

 

The unheard often remains unnoticed. What we hear, and what we do not hear, what we notice and what we do not notice is not only determined by our physiological aural capacities but by a complex intermingling of social, cultural, political and technological factors. The different contributions to this project focus on artistic and literary works that concentrate on the unheard sonic spectrum of the present and the past. The cultural, social or political phenomena questioned here are related to frequencies below and beyond the threshold of perception, to overlapping sound fields or to auditory distraction. The sounds they make use of or express have been obliterated, disguised, “drowned”. Listening to the unheard thus means to reveal or seek explanation for the silencing, concealment or disappearance of these sounds. In doing so, we hope to develop strategies for making them audible.

 

Besides this dimension of lack of perception, of ignorance or of disregard, we will analyze another subliminal meaning associated with the unheard, especially when it meets the unheard-of: what is “surprising because not known about or previously experienced”. Thus the sense of the hidden and of discretion is confronted with the sense of the unprecedented as well as the shocking. Sound – quiet versus loud, past versus suddenly appearing, unnoticed versus outrageous: the contradictory interpretations and meanings of the unheard(-of) will be questioned by French and German scholars based on linguistic surveys on the connection and dissociations between “non-entendu”, “inécouté” and “inoui”, as well as between the “ungehört” and the “unerhört”.

 

When is the unheard inverted into the unheard-of, when do both meanings overlap? How can sound be at once discreet and shocking, in other words, what is the shocking dimension of discreet sound? The collective publication Sound Unheard will include contributions from scholars in sound studies, art history, media studies and art theory. The articles will appear in the Auditory Perspectivessection of the e-journal Kunsttexte. The publication will be prepared by workshops as well as exhibitions and the publication is scheduled in autumn 2019.

 

Authors:

Clélia Barbut – Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 and Rennes 2

Daniele Balit – ISBA Besançon

Severine Cauchy – Université Rennes 2

Larisa Dryansky – Sorbonne-Université

Katja Gentric – Université de Bourgogne

Jeff Guess – ENSAPC Paris-Cergy

Matthieu Saladin – Université Paris 8

Sabine Sanio – Universität der Künste Berlin

Yann Sérandour – Université Rennes 2

Daniela Silvestrin – Leuphana Universität Lüneburg

Jan Thoben – Universität der Künste Berlin

Elvan Zabunyan – Université Rennes 2

Anne Zeitz – Université Rennes 2

 

 


Nicolas Thély

Professeur en art, esthétique et humanités numériques à l'université Rennes 2, Nicolas Thély est directeur de la Maison des Sciences de l'Homme en Bretagne (USR 3549).

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