Sound as Material for Eco-technogenesis

Maja Fagerberg Ranten, David Kadish, Megan Hines

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This paper delineates the conceptual outcomes from a two-week intensive cross-disciplinary conversation between an art historian, an interaction designer, and an artist/engineer. With the aim of applying the concept of technogenesis to an exploration of sound as material for art and design, we consider sound as a material force within an ecosystem. Through this lens, sound produced by either life- or technological-forms allows us to consider the ecological impact and potential meanings of generated sound. Drawing on biosemiotics, we propose that the co-evolution of sound, technology, and environments, what we call eco-technogenesis, demands relational, and thus ethical, thinking. The rowdy krause, an autonomous sonic agent, designed by Kadish to identify and inhabit an acoustic niche within an ecosystem, serves as a case study for thinking through eco-technogenesis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of RE:SOUND 2019
PublisherBCS Learning and Development
Publication dateMay 2020
ISBN (Electronic)1477-9358
Publication statusPublished - May 2020
EventRe:sound - the 8th International Conference on the Histories of Media Arts 2019 - Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 20 Aug 201923 Aug 2019


ConferenceRe:sound - the 8th International Conference on the Histories of Media Arts 2019
LocationAalborg University
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SeriesElectronic Workshops in Computing

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Ranten, M. F., Kadish, D., & Hines, M. (2020). Sound as Material for Eco-technogenesis. In Proceedings of RE:SOUND 2019 (pp. 195-201). BCS Learning and Development. Electronic Workshops in Computing