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Unboxing: Sound

Short thesis

Sound and performance artist Jessica Ekomane seeks physical effects by playing with rhythmical structures and adding psychoacoustic elements to her compositions. Researcher Anita Jóri believes that her work is related to Vilém Flusser’s thought on technology. The aim of this moderated performance lecture is to unbox sound and its relation to machines, scenography and environment with the help of media theory.

Description

Jessica Ekomane seeks physical effects by playing with rhythmical structures and adding psychoacoustic elements to her compositions. Her latest project consists in a quadraphonic performance exploring the way our perception is affected by the surrounding space and the standards of the concert ritual itself. Integrating errors as part of her process, her work questions the ideologies and yearnings behind technology. In a maieutic session composed of performance and questions, the aim is to unbox sound and its relation to machines, scenography and environment. Researcher Anita Jóri believes that Jessica’s work is related to Vilém Flusser’s thought on technology. She finished her PhD on the discourse community of electronic (dance) music.

According to the Czech philosopher Flusser, in order to take the control over the “apparatus”, humans have to understand how technology works – what is inside the black box – and not being an mere user of the preprogrammed and prefabricated machine. In a similar manner, Jessica has developed her own interface which helps her reflect on the limits of technology. She initiates a playful dialogue with her computer and its faultiness. The Lecture-Performance revolves around inspirations, roots in Gestalt psychology and traditional music. Moreover, the lecture performance will also inform the audience about the possibilities of quadraphonic sound and psychoacoustics.

Mit Unterstützung der Gesellschaft für Musikwirtschafts- und Musikkulturforschung e.V.