call: SYMPOSIUM 8 – AUDIO MOBILITY
Call for entries
Deadline: 15 December 2013
SYMPOSIUM #8 – AUDIO MOBILITY / AUDIO MOBILITÉ
LOCUS SONUS SYMPOSIUM #8 Audio Mobility
Aix en Provence, France –
APRIL 16th, 17th, 18th 2014
PAPERS & POSTERS /
RECRUITMENT OF 3 ARTISTS – RESEARCHERS FOR A RESIDENCY/
1- Scientific Program – Papers and Posters
2 – Artistic Program – Performances, Installations and other Mobile Art forms.
3 – Locus Sonus Recruits 3 artists-researchers in residency
Locus Sonus audio in art, is a research group whose main aim is to explore the, ever evolving, relationship between sound, place and usage. In an Art/Science tradition our research involves experimentation with emerging audio technologies particularly those relating to sound transmission, mobilization or spatialisation.
Maintained by the art schools of Aix en Provence and Bourges in France, Locus Sonus is concerned with practice driven research and transdisciplinary approachs to the arts of sound.
LOCUS SONUS SYMPOSIUMS ///
From the outset in 2005 Locus Sonus Symposiums have maintained an exceptionally high standard in both artistic and scientific content. Deliberately restrained in regards to the number of participants they have succeeded, for each edition, in uniting international experts and generating lively discussion around a specific question or topic. The Locus Sonus Symposiums are organized in partnership with the Aix-Marseille University (AMU)’s sociology lab LAMES and regularly include collaborations with research groups such as IMéRA, CRESSON, CRiSAP UAL, SARC Queen’s University Belfast, SAIC Chicago, Laval’s University Quebec to mention just a few.
The symposium is funded by the French ministries for culture and research.
PREVIOUS SYMPOSIUMS ///
A complete documentation of previous Locus Sonus Symposiums is available here:
Symposium #7 mar2012: Auditoriums Internet
Symposium #6 mar2010 Sonification (quoi ? où ? comment ? pourquoi ?)
Symposium #5 mar2009 Audio Connect ?
Symposium #4 dec2007 Audio Extranautes
Symposium #3 nov2006 Audio Sites
Symposium #2 avr2006 Audio Geo
Symposium #1 nov2005 Audio Espaces Réseaux
THEME 2014 AUDIO MOBILITY ///
The fact that computers have become truly portable (smart phones) while being powerful enough to perform complex calculations in real-time is a very recent phenomenon. If a system capable of generating and capturing audio can share a user’s mobility, is the status of that audio changed? Can there be new forms of audio art that result from mobility?
We propose to consider mobile audio-technology from two points of view. These can be assimilated to maps and sounding. In the case of maps, we project space and trajectory through schematic representation while in the case of sounding, we activate the environment around us and in so doing collect information about
it through feedback.
A traditional way of considering these two approaches to audio mobility might be that of experiencing audio phenomena we encounter as we cross a landscape (insect sounds, running water, or a noisy bar and the sound of traffic) versus hearing the ever changing sound of our own footsteps as they encounter different surfaces (gravel, leaves or a polished floor) and activate different resonant spaces or reflective surfaces (an empty hall, a carpeted room, a forest or a cliff face).
In terms of audio technology these two poles are epitomized by Locative Media on the one hand and sensor based computing on the other.
In reality, the line we can draw between these two models is not so clear-cut: radar, a sounding-technology, is used to make projections or charts and we can ping the network from our laptops to see if we are present (as a node on the network) and hybridization of these approaches might offer considerable creative possibilities. However, we consider these two poles as significant in this research into an art of audio mobility.
Mobile audio-device listening (ipods, smartphones) can be considered negatively since they tend to isolate the user from his or her naturally occurring sound environment. They can also be considered positively, as a way of recuperating for the user, an otherwise unpleasant sound space (when travelling in a saturated urban environment for example). Our hypothesis is that by incorporating information emanating from the environment itself, either through sensing or through localisation, the negative aspects of mobile listening might be reduced and the positive aspects augmented.
ONLINE APPLICATION ///
Online application : http://locusonus.org/
All completed submissions must be sent no later than midnight (GMT+1) on sunday December 15th, 2013.
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Locus Sonus research directors /
Jérôme Joy et Peter Sinclair
École Supérieure d’Art d’Aix-en-Provence
École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Bourges
LAMES / CNRS
Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication