Project Explorations

The Institute of Sonic Epistemologies

Ludwig Zeller & Martin Rumori, 2016
Site-specific sound installation
5-channel binaural

What if visual strategies would lose their dominance in scientific statistics? What if blind people would catch-up with the non-blind in a post-visual information society?

“The Institute of Sonic Epistemologies focuses on tactile and acoustic analysis methods with a focus on both application orientation and practice-based foundational research. We project quantifiable and high-dimensional problems to acoustic models for the purpose of data exploration and analysis. Our specialisation lies in the detective’s art of recognising correlations in complex data sets that purely visual or automatic approaches usually fail to detect. Our academic core context is design and media studies, but we have many interferences with economics, math, engineering, physics and the digital humanities. We are standing in front of our event space where currently a workshop with external students is running. We can have a quick look, if we are quiet. Shall we go?”

The Institute of Sonic Epistemologies is a site-specific sound installation by Ludwig Zeller (HGK Basel) & Martin Rumori (Kunstuniversität Graz). The project is part of the SNF funded research project Experimental Data Aesthetics (2013-2015) lead by Shintaro Miyazaki (IXDM Basel).

Experimental Data Aesthetics

Opening: April 20th 17.20h
Duration: April 21st-22nd, 11 – 18h
Venue: HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel), Freilager-Platz 9, CH-4142 Münchenstein / Basel

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Designed Immediacy – Atmospheric experience in an affective-responsive environment

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Mobile, networked, multi-sensory systems and technologies with open and modular interfaces are about to change our established concept of technical extensions for humans. Thus, it will not only be on the level of prosthesis or implants that humans are connected with machines, but as well on the level of wearable sensors and intelligent environments, which make interfaces disappear and allow “unmediated” contact between the human and the technological system. Departing from a notion of holistic bodily experience and media developed in current phenomenological approaches, we want to examine the affective human perception in a mediated responsive environment. By this, we aim to explore the connecting area between the human body and a sensitive environment that feels like it connects to the body as a “second skin”.

Designed Immediacy

Times of Waste

Flavia Caviezel, Mirjam Bürgin, Anselm Caminada, Marion Mertens, Andreas Simon, Yvonne Volkart

1979 the report “Beyond the Age of Waste” warned of global consequences facing the continuing and increasing waste of resources. Although it has not yet resulted in a more thrifty management of resources, “waste” may be thought of nowadays as a reverse figure: extensive cleaning and recycling processes as well as recent developments like “urban mining” regain reusable raw materials out of waste. Waste is hence considered as a “new resource”, dynamic and transformable.
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Times of Waste

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