Although neglected for many years, sound is finally being acknowledged for its fundamental role in language. Essencial source of information on the surrounding world and crucial tool to stimulate imagination, sound is also a powerful meaning attribution territory for communication and artistic expression.
The purpose of this conference is to discuss the scientific and cultural status of sound in contemporary societies, as well as to put into perspective some critical topics, such as the preservation of sound memory, the education for active listening and the potential sound represents for creativity. The organisers invite educators, students, researchers and sound artists to participate in this two-day event, which will take place physically (with no online transmission) in Braga, Portugal.
"Brandon LaBelle is an artist, writer and theorist working with sound culture, voice, and questions of agency. (…) Since 2011 he works as a Professor at The Art Academy –- Department of Contemporary Art, University of Bergen, Norway. Current research projects focus on radical sympathy, more-than-social art, acoustic justice, and poetic knowledge. He is also the founding editor of Errant Bodies Press, Berlin, which develops publishing projects and related activities in collaboration with a diversity of authors and artists. In 2021 he initiated and launched The Listening Biennial, and related Listening Academy, focusing on establishing a global network of participating artists, collectives, and organizations to work together on listening as a practice and capacity.”
Raquel Castro is a soundscape researcher, filmmaker and curator, founder and director of Lisboa Soa festival and the International Symposium Invisible Places. She holds a PhD in Communication and Arts and is an Integrated Researcher at Cicant/Universidade Lusófona. As a director, she highlights the films Soundwalkers (2008) and Soa (2020), where interviews, sound art and sonic ambiances combine to raise awareness of sound. Currently, she curates the exhibition Sound Art in Public Spaces to be presented in Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Greece and Norway.
11:00 - 12:30Papers session and discussionBy Chair: Daniel BrandãoSound design and media
Listening: an ethical alternative? Luís Loureiro
The importance of sound design for notifications: the ping that makes your heart go “boom” Ricardo Morais and Clara Fernandes
Sound scholarship: at the intersection of scholarship and sound media Lori Beckstead
Where does that sound come from? Mapping sound maps in Portuguese media Ana Sofia Paiva
As radio waves disappear into the ether, so is Greece’s radio history Michael Nevradakis
12:30 - 14:30Lunch break
14:30 - 16:00Papers session and discussionBy Chair: Alberto SáSound practices and recording
Where to point microphones: a key issue in soundscape recording Carlos Norton
Towards an assessment of human impact in soundscape – Comparison study of ISO 12913 and Soundscape Ecology methodologies on the analysis of Natural Areas Liliana Carvalho
When can we do this again? Lendl Barcelos
Doing sounds with things/ Mind the sound: On object-based sonic know-how, sonic memories and auditory knowledges in sound performances with things Janine Eisenächer
Unveiling Artur Cyanetto: an analysis of the role of sound in the construction of artistic identity Teresa Lima
16:00 - 16:30Coffee break
16:30 - 17:30Presentation of the documentary SOABy Raquel Castro
18:00 - 18:30Exhibitions visit
Sound artworks by: Alvaro G Diaz-Rodriguez, Fabio Fabbri, Graciela Martínez Matias, Hanna Slattne, Ivo Louro, Jason Murphy, Joana Moher, Jorge Filipe Pinto Ramos, Luís Antero, Luís Luzia, Magdalena Hart, Markus Hetheier, Sara Pinheiro, Yasmine Moradalizadeh.
18:30 - 19:00Soundwalk in Braga city centre
10:00 - 11:00Plenary conferenceBy Raquel Castro / Soundscape researcher, filmmaker and curatorSound art, creativity and public engagement
Chair: Luís António Santos
11:00 - 12:30Papers session and discussionBy Chair: Fábio RibeiroSoundscapes and communities
Border soundscapes. The soundscape on the border of Tijuana, Mexico; an approach for the understanding of social processes Alvaro G Diaz-Rodriguez
The sound landscape: identity, history and culture in public audiovisual media in Mexico. Case study of the Zacatecan Radio and Television System Graciela Martínez Matias
Sounding coastal communities – Be the Sea Hayley Jenkins and Louise Mackenzie
Intergenerational Soundings – reverberations of ecoanxiety and community building through grief repair along the Tejo river Margarida Mendes
Setúbal Negra – Unveiling invisible presences through sound Nuno Coelho, Rafaela Rodrigues, Jorge Cardoso, Ana Alcântara, and Cristina Roldão
12:30 - 14:30Lunch break
13:30 - 14:30WorkshopBy Luís Anterolisten with eyes closed