Central European Network for Sonic Ecologies (CENSE) is an informal network of individual voices, initiated in Budapest 2018, coming from various backgrounds, such as art, music, natural science, humanities, environmental studies, activism. We propose this emerging network to fill a need, that of fostering more perceptive and conscious ideas and solutions, addressing developments in the social and cultural fields of Europe related not only to sound, ecomusicology, and sound art, but mainly to deep environmental and social changes.
Csaba Hajnóczy (b. 1957) is a musician, composer, musicologist, and teacher at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest, living and working in Budapest. He was the main initiator and organizer of the CESSE – Conference #1. His recent artistic interest is field recording based composition and the use of spatial sound systems. Since 2013 he has given numerous talks and workshops in the field of acoustic ecology, including soundwalks, in Hungary, Poland, Belgium, Turkey.
Sławomir Wieczorek PhD, graduated in cultural studies and musicology. He is a lecturer at the Institute of Musicology at the University of Wrocław. Member of the Soundscape Research Studio, editorial staff of the journals: “Res Facta Nova” and “Polish Soundscape Journal.” Author of the book On the musical front: socialist realist discourse on music in Poland 1948–1955 (Wrocław University Press 2014), coeditor of the book Sounds of War and Peace. Soundscapes of European Cities in 1945 (Peter Lang Verlag 2018). His interests focus on the history of twentieth-century music and soundscapes.
Jan Krtička is an audiovisual artist. In his work, he often uses elements of aurality, conceptual thinking and topography. Krtička graduated in sculpture at the Faculty of Visual Arts at the Technical Univerisity in Brno. His doctoral thesis (from the Faculty of Art and Design at the University of Jan Evangelista Purkyně in Ústí nad Labem) focused on theories and critical aspects of documentation of the arts. Krtička is interested in the context of landscape and often engages with the contingency of nature and the determinancy of the human. He was the main initiator and organizer of the conference dedicated to Acoustic Ecology in Ústí nad Labem.
Pavel Mrkus is an audiovisual artist who makes use of digital moving images and sound often in relation to specific space. He graduated from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. His later study of Religious Studies at the Charles University in Prague together with experience of four years teaching position at Toyama City Institute of Glass Art in Japan lead him to unique mixture of cultural paradigms within his work. After showing at 50th Venice Biennial in 2003 he participated in many group and solo shows around world. He was awarded a Personality of the Year 2012 for his exhibition Next Planet in The Brno House of Arts. Together with visual artist Daniel Hanzlik they established Time-Based Media studio at Faculty of Art and Design at J. E. Purkyne University in Usti nad Labem, in 2015 he became the dean of the faculty.
Július Fujak works at the Department of Cultural Studies, Faculty of Arts Constantine the Philosopher University. He is an aesthetic scholar, a semiotician of music, experimental composer and multi-instrumentalist. Currently, he lectures at Department of Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Arts, Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra (since 2007). His compositions and intermedia projects were performed and broadcasted in many countries of Europe, USA, and China. He has organised for twenty years the international series and festivals of contemporary, unconventional music and intermedia art Hermes´s Ear in Nitra and PostmutArt.