Sunday, October 14th, 1:00PM
Arts Court Theater
2 Daly Ave.
How does sound shape knowledge?
in conversation with Jennifer Heuson,
Donna Legault and John Shiga
Western thought has long assumed a special relationship between vision and knowledge. "Seeing is believing," but what about sound's role in shaping the way we understand the world? This panel brings together sound artists and sound scholars whose work investigates the traffic between perception and ideas, the overlapping roles of the senses in sonic experience, and the intersections of imagination and technology in acoustic space.
Jen Heuson is a scholar, traveler, and media artist currently pursuing her PhD in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU. Her work critically engages the mediated production, consumption, and circulation of knowledge, culture, memory, sentiment, and identity during travel, both real and imagined. Specifically, she is interested in exploring links between experience, sensation, sentiment, and liveness or everydayness, on one hand, and mediated histories, epistemologies, and politics, on the other. Jen's work engages these questions through traditional academic forms (conference, journal, thesis) and through various multimedia inquiries (sound ethnography, film documentary, tourist performance). Her award-winning films have screened internationally at venues as diverse as FLEX Fest, Big Muddy, Black Maria, and the Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival. Her dissertation investigates tourist soundscapes in the Black Hills of South Dakota, exploring the acoustic aspects of historical, cultural, and national pedagogy and performance. Jen holds an MA in Film and Television Studies and an MA in Philosophy and Cultural Analysis, both from the University of Amsterdam.
Donna Legault is an Ottawa based artist working in the field of electronic art, sound installation, sculpture and performance. The intersection of these practices find focus in the resonance of sound as a dynamic extension of everyday actions. Her interest in the perception of sound and touch draws participants' attention towards the relational qualities of "noise" as a material and temporal presence.
John has published work on the politics of the mp3 file format, mash-up remixing and copyright law. His research focuses on subjectivity and power at the intersection of intellectual property and information technology. In 2009, he was awarded the University Medal for outstanding work at the doctoral level. His dissertation argued that legal disputes and public controversies about digital and transgenic reproduction technologies articulate cultural anxieties about human identity and agency in the information society. His current research explores the institutional, epistemological and technological conditions that enabled the construction of the animal as a communicative subject in postwar interspecies communication research.
Moderator: Paul Jasen
Paul Jasen is an Ottawa-based cultural theorist and DJ. He holds a PhD in Cultural Mediations from Carleton University, where he also teaches courses in popular music and sound studies. Paul's research combines interests in music, sonic-sensory experience, and philosophy. He is currently working on a book about bass and the body. DJing under the names Autonomic and Mr. Bump, Paul has also been featured on radio and podcasts in Canada, the United States and Britain.