Social Acoustics

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Social Acoustics is an artistic research collaboration between the Departments of Contemporary Art and Music at the University of Bergen.  The project is led by Prof Jill Halstead and Prof Brandon LaBelle and focuses on listening, socially engaged arts, relationality and sound, and on how these contribute to practices and discourses of embodiment and community.

Social Acoustics focuses on the potentialities of sound’s relational, material and artistic qualities. In particular, the project engages sound as a productive medium for nurturing collaboration and an ethics of radical openness, and for challenging models of knowledge and agency defined by the apparent, the legible and the quantifiable.  

Sounds are deeply relational enabling gestures of compassion and sharing as well as disruption and cacophony. Social Acoustics asks how forms of sonic practice might contribute to contemporary struggles exploring if there are particular discourses on embodiment and community to be drawn from the experiences of audition.  Might certain affordances be garnered by way of sonic knowledge, particularly to challenge what Isabell Lorey terms “governing through insecurity” prevalent today?


Social Acoustics

Sound, Embodiment, Community

Social Acoustics is an interdisciplinary artistic research project focusing on listening, socially engaged arts, relationality and sound.

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3 pamphlets


Seminars, Performances, Exhibitions, Presentations, Workshops, Gatherings

A Late Life Festival
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Jun 18

Last Chapter: A Late Life Festival - June 18th and 19th, 2021

Last Chapter is a two-day cultural festival running Friday 18th June, at the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, and Saturday 19th June 2021, at the Bergen Museum of Natural History and its botanical garden. The festival is a celebration of later life which aims to challenge stereotypical...