The histories of art are saturated by sonic experiments and expressions (Kahn, Weibel). Yet, the occurrence of sound in art throughout the 18th, 19th and 20th century remains heavily under-theorized and -contextualized, just as it is all but missing in existing archives (with few important, albeit resent, exceptions).
The ‘matter’ of sonic saturation and its interlinked under-theorized situation, does not only concern the musicologists and a small specialized field of sound researchers; it is, or should be, the matter and concern of the whole media arts field: It speaks to its very foundation in transmedia issues and different understanding of the plurality of the histories contextualizing technologically mediated art. Through its techno-resonating immersion, media art reverberates in all cultural and societal matters on a pervasive scale.
Re:sound will address this techno-resonance, trans-mediality, and cultural and social reverberation of media art, in general: It’s histo-ecologies, -geologies, and -archeologies. As well as focusing on a wide range of the field’s practitioners, producers and creators – past, present and future.
The RE:SOUND conference is part of the Media Arts Histories conference series, bringing together leading researchers, artists, and scientists on a series of interdisciplinary topics for over 14 years.
RE:SOUND, the 8th conference in this series, will take a specific interest on the theories, practices, histories etc of art and technology which are focusing on, concerned with, reflecting on, including, mobilising and/or working with sound, as a main component or an integral part. RE:SOUND will host four days with 10 tracks of paper sessions, panels, workshops, practice-based interventions, exhibitions, performances, poster sessions, a PhD workshop and keynotes.