Following non-human sonorous bodies - creating alternative urban futures

Kristine Samson, Niels Gommesen

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This paper is about exploring speculative sonic futures. It investigates the entanglements through which sonic bodies and sonic thinking intra-actively materialize in an increasingly posthuman city. It asks, how can we create new affirmative, empowering and transformative relations in the city by doing listening, by listening-out for the unseen, the erased - what is no longer apparent? It draws from sonic workshops and research-creative experiments undertaken in the city of Montréal in collaboration with Shauna Janssen and her team from the PULSE Lab, at Concordia University. We are in particular interested in following and speculating with non-human sonorous materialities: the hidden and shaping algorithms operating beyond human sensorium. This in particular becomes relevant in the sentient city where data flows and algorithmic tracking of human activities and behaviors increasingly become part of the current urban economy. We conclude by arguing for posthuman ways of listening, that embeds speculative and experimental approaches to following, and making visible the unseen disruptions and materialities of the city.
Original languageEnglish
JournalUnlikely Journal
Publication statusIn preparation - 2022
EventOverhearing: Following the sounds of the city - Gorilla Park, Montreal, Montreal, Canada
Duration: 6 Dec 2019 → …


WorkshopOverhearing: Following the sounds of the city
LocationGorilla Park, Montreal
Period06/12/2019 → …


  • post-human studies
  • post-human city
  • research creation
  • co-creation
  • algorithmic governance
  • speculative futures
  • Sound Studies
  • urban studies
  • Artistic Research

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