This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101027286.
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ABOUT THE PROJECT
In the face of climate crisis, the project "Sounding Crisis. Sounds and Energies within Climate Change" researches the concept of ‘sonic agency’ within climate change discourse as an alternative knowledge of ‘energies’. Therefore it focuses on sound practices of indigenous and non-indigenous activists and artists in Denmark, Kalaallit Nunaat/Greenland and Australia. In contrast to the Western concept of ‘energy’ in sources and systems of fuel and power generation, the principal investigator of the project, Ania Mauruschat, understands ‘energies with the sound and energies scholar Douglas Kahn ’as ‘multi-faceted and interrelated phenomena that emit sound and can be listened to in productive ways.' ‘Sonic agency’ is a term coined by the sound artist and scholar Bradon LaBelle and defined in the context of this research project as ‘acoustic as well as electronically amplified and transmitted sounds as levers to the senses and creators of potential change’. This anthropological notion of sound encompasses both the sound practices of Indigenous peoples addressing environmental and relational issues as well as urban climate activism and its sound practices across all the sites in which it may be present, such as classical media reports, the a/v in social media, music and street protests, artistic expressions and new techniques and practices. The aim is to unveil the continuities and variations of different forms of ‘sonic agency’. The project is innovative in its understanding of ‘sound’ as an analytical point of access to the complex concept of ‘energies’. It understands sound itself as energy in three ways: (1) Sound waves as mechanical energy, (2) Indigenous sound practices as expressions of 'energy intimacy', as artist and scholar Warren Cariou calls it, and (3) sound practices of urban climate activists as articulations of the so-called ‘energy unconscious’ (Patricia Smith Yaeger) as well as urban examples of ‘energy intimacy’. The project will have a synchronic and diachronic perspective, as it also will refer to historic protest movements and the role of ‘sonic agency’ within them. Thus, it aims at providing new and decolonial insights for enhancing the terminology, methods, and theories of Sound Studies and for re-thinking the Western concept of ‘energy.’
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UP COMING EVETNS
September 24, 2022, 9:30 - 17:30 CET: Participation in the conference "Making a Scene - performative gestures of noise, interference, and destruction." Presentation of the paper: "Oprør eller Klimakollaps - Climate Activism as Noise, Artistic Intervention, and Sabotage." Venue: Department for Arts & Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen, South Campus, Karen Blixens Plads 8, DK-2300 Copenhagen S.
October 13 - 14, 2022: Participation in the conference Earth Sensations. Affects, sensibilities, and attachments in an era of climate change. Presentation of the paper "Energies Consciousness: Artistic engagements with the solar terrestrial environment" within the panel "Sensing Environments and Energies: Four Studies on Artistic Involvements with the Human-Nature Relationship." Venue: Aarhus University (Denmark).
November 1, 2022, to January 31, 2023: Field research in Australia