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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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Hi! My name is Ania Mauruschat, I am the researcher behind this project. From September 2021 to August 2023, I am a Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions Research Fellow, funded by the Horizon Europe program of the European Commission, at the Sound Studies Lab of the University of Copenhagen. Regarding my background, I am a German media studies scholar (aesthetics & ecology, theory & culture) and lecturer, focussing on sound and radio. Trained as a journalist and an editor and educated in the humanities and social sciences in Munich, Germany, I worked from 2002 to 2012 full-time for the press and public radio stations.
From 2012 to 2014 I worked as a scientific assistant, lecturer, and project manager at the chair for media aesthetics at the University of Basel (Switzerland). From October 2017 to September 2021 I was elected speaker of the consortium Auditive Culture & Sound Studies of the German Society of Media Studies. Since January 2018 I am a member of the doctoral program „Epistemologies of Aesthetic Practices“ at the Collegium Helveticum in Zurich, Switzerland. The title of my Ph.D. project is „Radiophonics, Noise & Understanding. Towards an Epistemology of Radio Art“. From April 2019 to July 2021 I was assistant to the president of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ästhetik.
My main fields of research and interest are aesthetics, artistic research, sound and radio studies, environmental humanities and energy studies, decolonizing research and methodologies, media theory, digitization, catastrophes in art and culture, and gender.
I live in Copenhagen (DK) and online. From June to September 2022, I will be on field research in Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland), and from October 2022 to February 2023 I will be on field research in Australia.
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