The act of listening reveals the dissonance of the approaching age of climate change during the Anthropocene. The upcoming international conference MURMURANS MUNDUS: Sonic Ecology and Beyond, the CENSE Annual Conference in Ústí nad Labem (3–5 October, 2019) will focus on topics relating to acoustic ecology. The conference will feature a number of guests from such fields as ecology, sociology, art and philosophy, who will reflect on this burning topic.
Panel discussion and presentations
Program to be confirmed.
Guests: Sabine Breitsameter, Peter Cusack, Slávek Kwi, Jan Krtička, Tomáš Šenkyřík.
Sabine Breitsameter is a Professor in Media Art and Science at the Hochschule Darmstadt. From 2004 to 2008 she was a guest professor for Experimental Sound Design at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. Since the 1980ies she has worked as a radio broadcaster and dramaturge with electroacoustic artforms and audio-visual interaction. Beyond that she directed several international festivals, symposia and compositional workshops
Peter Cusack (b. 1948, London) is a field recordist, musician and researcher with a long interest in the sound environment. Projects include community arts, research into sound and our sense of place, and documentary recordings in areas of special sonic interest (Lake Baikal, Siberia). His project Sounds From Dangerous Places explores soundscapes at sites of major environmental damage — the Chernobyl exclusion zone; Caspian oil fields; UK nuclear sites. The project is ongoing and currently researches the regeneration of the North Aral Sea in Kazakhstan. He describes the use of sound to investigate documentary issues such as sonic journalism. He initiated the Favourite Sounds Project in London 1998 which aims to discover what people find positive about their everyday sound environment and which has since been carried out in Beijing, Berlin, Manchester, Southend-on-Sea, Prague, Birmingham and Taranto. He co-produced the environmental sound program Vermilion Sounds for Resonance FM, London and was a research fellow at the multidisciplinary Positive Soundscapes Project from 2006–09. During 2011–12 he was a DAAD artist in residence in Berlin, where he worked on the collaborative project Berlin Sonic Spaces that explored the relationship between the soundscape and city development.
Jonáš Gruska Born in Czechoslovakia. Studied at Institute of Sonology in The Hague (Netherlands) and at Music Academy in Cracow (Poland). His main focus are chaotic and polymetric rhythms, unconventional tunings, exploration of psychoacoustic properties of sound and field recording. He has created several site-specific sound installations, based on resonant properties of spaces and materials. Gave workshops on sonification, field recording, electromagnetic listening, and programming for artists. He is the creator of Elektrosluch – electromagnetic listening device. In 2009 he started label LOM focused on East/Central European experimental art and music. Since 2013 he is organizing ZVUK, outdoor festival dedicated to experimental music. In 2018 he opened LOM space, place for contemporary sound in Bratislava.
Jan Krtička (b. 1979, Olomouc) is a teacher and audiovisual artist. In his work, he often uses elements of aurality, conceptual thinking and topography. Krtička graduated in sculpture at the Faculty of Visual Arts at the Technical Univerisity in Brno. His doctoral thesis (at the Faculty of Art and Design at the University of Jan Evangelista Purkyně in Ústí nad Labem) focused on theories and critical aspects of documentation of arts. Krtička is interested in the context of landscape and often engages with the contingency of nature and the determinancy of the human. Jan Krtička is the main initiator and organizer of the conference dedicated to Acoustic Ecology in Ústí nad Labem.
Tomáš Šenkyřík (b. 1972, Přílepy chateau near Zlín). He studied musicology at the Philosophical Faculty of Masaryk University in Brno. In 1997, he founded the Cymbelín ensemble, writing music and performing on the guitar and bass guitar. The band has released three albums with Indies Records. Since 2000, Šenkyřík has composed music in collaboration with choreographer Hana Košíková and with Ladislava Košíková (Hradišťan). He is also involved in studying and documenting authentic Roma folk music. In 2001, he joined with Eva Davidová and the Museum of Roma Culture to release an album of traditional Roma songs Gila, Djila, Gilora. He regularly participates in composition workshops and working consultations (including Helmut Oehring, Lasse Thoresen, Philippe Manoury, Marek Kopelent, Martin Smolka, Michal Rataj, Christian Fennesz). His compositions have made it to the final round of the Musica Nova competition (2006 and 2007), and are frequently inspired by the sound of old, broken instruments, traditional folk music, and field recordings. Šenkyřík also finds inspiration in the human voice, poetry, and human stories.
Prepared by: GHMP and Agosto Foundation. curated by Miloš Vojtěchovský