11 MAR · 18H30 · Salomé Voegelin
To Know from the Invisible
Moderator · Daniel Ribas
Conventional knowledge is anchored in the visual understood as a perceptual ideology. It is based on our trust in what we see, while what we see confirms this trust through its relationship with taxonomies and lexica that verify what it is we know in referential frames, constructing a tautology between reality and its description. Thus, we are visually literate and encultured: we know how to “read” and understand the world and art through the way they look, as objects and in language.
Sound, as material and as concept, steps between the certainties of this frame. Its ephemeral variability enables a different sense of what we see and provides other possibilities for its interpretation: pluralising the seen from the invisible in-between, where there is nothing but everything sounds together; and where the body listening becomes an epistemological device for the sensory knowing of the unintelligible, the unspeakable, the irrational, the unformed and the unforming.
In this lecture/seminar we will explore the sense and form of “sonic knowledge” and discuss what it might bring to discourse and to our understanding of the world, of art and of ourselves. The aim is not to disregard the visual, but to see it in a different light; and the intention is not to ignore difficult or dangerous interpretations, but to realise the construct of every way we know.
Salomé Voegelin is an artist, writer and researcher engaged in listening as a socio-political practice. She writes essays, books and text-scores for performance and publication. Most recently, her book Sonic Possible Worlds appeared in a revised second edition that continues Voegelin’s exploration of the sonic possibility of the world into the sonic possibility and impossibility of the body, rethinking normative constructions to fabulate a different body from its sound.
Voegelin’s practice engages in participatory, collective and communal approaches. She co-convenes, with Mark Peter Wright, the regular cross-disciplinary listening and sound making event Points of Listening (www.pointsoflistening. wordpress.com); and since 2008 she collaborates with David Mollin (Mollin+Voegelin) in a practice that reconsiders socio-political, architectural and aesthetic actualities and sites through the possibilities of sound, things, voices and texts.
As a researcher she works at the forefront of the new knowledge economy established by sound studies and sound art. She is the PI (Principle Investigator) of the UK research council funded project Listening across Disciplines II (www.listeningacrossdisciplines.net) that turns to the invisible and mobile dimension of the world to explore its cross disciplinary potential. Voegelin is a Professor of Sound at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, and currently represents the Professorship in Sound Studies at the University of Fine Arts Braunschweig.