Politics of Frequencies I

I dag fikk jeg bekreftelse på at mitt paper “Politics of Frequencies: Sound Between Aesthetics and Kinaesthetics” er antatt til konferansen Aesthetics and Politics, i København, 26.-28. mai. Det er den årlige konferansen for Nordic Society of Aesthetics. Her er det abstract jeg i sin tid sendte (tillagt, selvsagt, noen linker):

Politics of Frequencies: Sound Between Aesthetics and Kinaesthetics

Discussing sound and aesthetics used to be primarily a discussion of listening. While the discussion of listening is still important (as found, for example, in the works of Jean-Luc Nancy), different discussions within aesthetics and the history of the senses has pointed out how sound also have impact on the skin, as some kind of tactility (cf. Steven Connor). The skin, that is to say, becomes a kind of interface where another kind of perception takes place. Taking these discussions as points of departure the present paper will discuss a movement from aesthetics (and listening) to a kinaesthetic perception where sounds impact on the whole body is at stake. Focusing on what Steve Goodman, in his book Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear (2010), calls a “politics of frequency” and “bass materialism,” the paper will discuss different uses of sound, and how these approaches to sound and perception opens up for different ways of relating to different kinds of music. Sheer volume, dominating bass, focus upon different frequencies of noise; this all opens up for different ways bodies relate to music.

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Vanen tro er paperet fortsatt ikke ferdigskrevet, men som abstractet viser er forholdet mellom lyd og sansning sentralt, og ikke minst hvordan lyden senses med hele kroppen. Og jeg vil, blant annet, også referere til Kode9 (som “i sivil” heter Steve Goodman, og altså er forfatter av overnevnte bok) (se også her og her). (Grunnen til at denne posten heter “Politics of Frequencies I” er ellers at jeg også har et annet abstract inne med tittel “politics of frequencies,” men det kommer jeg tilbake til når informasjonen er on-line).

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