Heritage of sound ecology: listening to the Anthropocene through three works of sound art

Authors

Keywords:

Anthropocene, Acoustic ecology, sound arts, silence, Infrasounds, electromagnetic fields

Abstract

This text questions the legacy of sound ecology in contemporary sound art practices by analyzing three devices that offer different acoustic experiences of the Antropocene: the exhibition "Le Grand Orchestre des Animaux" organized at the Fondation Cartier in Paris in 2016, Louis Braddock Clarke's sound installation "Weather Gardens" (2023), and Christina Kubisch's series of sound walks "Electrical Walks" (2001 - ). The exhibition "Le Grand Orchestre des Animaux", inspired by the work of American musician and bio-acoustician Bernie Krause, invites the public to immerse themselves in an aesthetic meditation, both sonic and visual, around an animal world that is increasingly threatened today. With "Weather Gardens", Clarke lets us hear the infrasound produced by nuclear testing. Finally, "Electrical Walks" renews our sensitive relationship to the sound and media environments of the Anthropocene by sonifying the electrical and electromagnetic currents that characterize the communication era.

Published

2024-06-30

How to Cite

1.
Schorpp E. Heritage of sound ecology: listening to the Anthropocene through three works of sound art. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 2024 Jun. 30 [cited 2024 Jul. 13];52(2). Available from: https://jcaa.caa-aca.ca/index.php/jcaa/article/view/4162