Mark Peter Wright – The Thing about Microphones
The talk draws inspiration from Jussi Parikka’s Insect Media (2010) and more recently Douglas Kahn’s Earth Sound Signal (2013) and Jacob Smith’s Eco Sonic Media (2015). These texts shed light on the historic and material entanglement of non-human phenomena, animals and media. Amplifying such parallel contexts through my own practice-based research will hone the paper’s central argument that the microphone is not merely a tool of servitude employed by human hands. Nor is it just an apparatus that facilitates the audiophile’s pursuit of fidelity. Rather, the microphone is positioned as a “necromedia actant”: part of a networked history of power relations and ethical consequences that can be situated amongst more sinister contexts of surveillance, parasites and horror.
Dr. Mark Peter Wright is an artist, lecturer and researcher working across sound, video, assemblage and performance. His practice explores the relationship between humans, animals, environments and their associated technologies of capture: critically and playfully disturbing Nature documentary tropes and site-specific art legacies.
Day 1 – Thursday, 10.03.2016
Presentation Panel II: Bio/Media