Elizabeth A. Povinelli (1962) is Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University where she has also been director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and co-director of the Centre for the Study of Law and Culture. Informed by settler colonial theory, pragmatism and critical theory, Povinelli's writing has focused on developing a critical theory of late liberalism that would support an anthropology of the otherwise. She is the author of books and essays as well as former editor of the academic journal Public Culture.
Central European Network for Sonic Ecologies
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Current environmentally concerned sound art and science is in a similar situation that was resolved within the field of visual arts in the beginning of the 1990s. Since then the work of environmentally oriented artists was more or less recognised as a distinct movement in its own right. This open list is an attempt to bring together some names of people, initiatives and institutions approaching and thinking about sound in such a way that it resonates within the general critical environmental agenda of today. Not necessary it collides with musicians using field recordings as a material for their music composition, sound work, sound installations, radiophony etc. As well, the profession of artist or scientist is necessarily not conditional.
Lucy Powell born in 1972, is a British artist who has been based in Berlin since 1995. Working mainly in video and text, her practice is an ontological inquiry that focuses on language and nonhuman intelligence. Her artistic practice is research-based and ontological, an ongoing process of learning and unlearning, an opening and attuning to the reciprocities of the more-than-human community of life. She is interested in the interweaving of art, activism and meditation-based practices of rewilding the mind.
Michael Allen Z. Prime is a sound ecologist, living and working in Cork, Ireland. The use of bioactivity translators to amplify the electrical activity of plants and fungi has been central to much of Prime’s work. Through the medium of sound, listeners are able to enter and interact with the transient world of plant reactions. Active on the avant-garde music scene since 1985, he gained a reputation playing in ensembles like Morphogenesis and Organum.
Douglas Quin is a sound recordist and composer whose works Oropendola (1994) and Forests: A Book of Hours (1999) blend acoustic and electronic musical improvisation with “unadulterated and unedited field recordings, processed soundscapes, electroacoustic instruments, human voice and hybridized sounds that comprise both living voices and electronically generated timbres.”28 His Polar Suite (2011), meanwhile, employs a wireless sensor bow called the ‘K-Bow’ to enable the Kronos Quartet to ‘play’ sounds captured by Quin at the North and South Poles, articulating them through t
Douglas Quin is a sound recordist and composer whose works Oropendola (1994) and Forests: A Book of Hours (1999) blend acoustic and electronic musical improvisation with “unadulterated and unedited field recordings, processed soundscapes, electroacoustic instruments, human voice and hybridized sounds that comprise both living voices and electronically generated timbres.
Paulo Raposo is a sound artist, curator, radio producer and occasionally film-maker based in Lisbon, Portugal. His work spans across different sound investigations including intertwining public and private spaces, natural soundscapes, audio-visual environments and radio works that explore multiple relationships and displacements between digital process and architectural spaces, using custom-built software to create abstract and delicate sound works. His radio works were broadcast on Kunstradio, WDR, Resonance.fm, Antena 2, etc. and he’s featured on Radio Revolten book.
Ivan (or Janez) Regen (known also as Johann Regen) (1868 – 1947) was a Slovenian biologist, best known for his studies in the field of bioacoustics. Regen was born in the hamlet of Lajše in Trata (today part of Gorenja Vas, Slovenia) and became interested in insect sounds as a child. His family couldn't afford to pay for his schooling, so he studied first at the local seminary for which he received a scholarship, and slowly saved enough funds for the tuition fee in Vienna.
Oliver Ressler is an artist and filmmaker who produces installations, projects in public space, and films on issues such as economics, democracy, migration, the climate crisis, forms of resistance and social alternatives.
Lasse-Marc Riek (born 1975 in Germany) uses field recording as a means to capture and explore acoustic ecology, bio-acoustics and soundscapes. Since 1997, he has operated internationally, staging exhibitions and concerts, releasing recordings, and delivering lectures and workshops. Diverse venues have hosted his performances: galleries, art museums, churches and universities. His work has featured on public media, including public radio channels.
Jon Rose (born in the UK, 1951) is an Australian violinist. A polymath, he is at much at home creating large environmental multi-media works as he is playing the violin on a concert stage. Most celebrated is the worldwide Fence project. Throughout the 1970's, first in England and then in Australia, he played, composed, and studied in a variety of genres: from sitar playing to country & western, from new music composition to commercial studio session work, from bebop to Italian club bands, from big band serial composition to sound installations.