Non-Human Agential Relations In Sound Art Practices


Ng, Yi Kee and Lim, Kok Yoong and Md, Hafizuddin Yusof (2022) Non-Human Agential Relations In Sound Art Practices. In: Creative Multimedia Postgraduate Research Colloquium, 14 July 2022, Multimedia University, Malaysia.

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The emergence of new academic discourses suggests the constitution of epistemologies and perspectives based on distinctive research approaches and objectives in sound art practices. In addition, these discourses have emphasized on the implementation of alternative research methodologies to address and generate new perspectives in response to the issues of perception, agency, human and nonhuman relations, in terms of theoretical, practical and technical aspects. In comparison, these issues were addressed in research paradigms of ecological sound art, ecomusicology and ethnomusicology; however, these approaches highlight sonic practices in ecocritical terms but less on historical traces and conceptual themes of sound art. Hence, this research registers such shortcomings as knowledge gaps that require the scrutinization of relevant themes and histories, as well as the implementation of technical approaches and methodologies to address human and nonhuman relations. This research traces and examines the aesthetics, listening and sound strategies in the history of avant-garde that deal with the conceptions of human and nonhuman relations, with the objectives: to illustrate how the concepts intersect and progress within sonic practices, as well as to establish a theoretical foundation. Subsequently, these theories were further addressed through the implementation of soundwalks and technical approaches, which were informed by paradigms of established sonic and art-based action research methodologies. In this case, soundwalk, as a theoretical approach, inquires the epistemologies of soundscape through the acknowledgement of nonhuman actors; whereas as a perceptual approach, it emphasizes on the constitution of corporeal artifacts such as situated knowledge and sensibilities through attentive listening and physical mobility. The generated artifacts engender creative decisions which then materialized in process of sonification to augment and mediate the affective qualities of weather data. To illustrate the relation of these approaches, a design framework is formulated to suggest an alternative methodology. In conclusion, this research proposed the notion of “agential sensibilities” to conceptualize human and nonhuman relations in frameworks of sound art.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Non-human agential relations, Sound art, Soundwalk, Sonificatio
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Faculty of Creative Multimedia (FCM)
Depositing User: Ms Rosnani Abd Wahab
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2022 07:13
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2022 07:13


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