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Title: Sound Citizen: Curating Sound Art in Public Spaces
Authors: Søndergaard, Morten
Issue Date: 23-Jun-2016
Series/Report no.: Practices: Curating as Research;07.11.2015 Session 6B
Abstract: This paper revisits and contextualizes the curatorial practices and research methodologies from the past two decades where curating is framing research into sound as medium for art; and the writing of sound art histories. I will argue that (only?) a curating­based research methodology makes it possible to study sound art as the truly transdisciplinary field of practice it is; moreover, it broadens the scope of research, allowing for investigations into the hybridization of artistic practices; and to include questions arising from the 'world of the citizen', society and the post­digital 'audience' (also named 'implied producers' by the author). Thus, media art viewed through the curation of sound art, I am claiming in this paper, not only reveals the close affinity to the expanded public space and the citizen of the mediated 'Bürgerliches offentlichkeit' (post­Habermas); it makes it possible to investigate and reflect on media art as a dynamic, transdisciplinary and complex field of production. The notion of the 'sound citizen' is inspired by the notion of the ’citizens of the artwork’ (María Andueza Olmedo) – the unprepared audience to sound art in public spaces which are affected and in turn affect the art work it self. The central question is, what constitutes these ’art­citizens’ as in the creation of an artistically and sonically defined environment, and how can they be activated in this creation? Furthermore, how could this position of the art­citizen reflect back on­to the situation and constitution of the public space as an open and political space?
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