Sound (Art) Research

ÆSR Lab Kick-Off

Applied/Experimental Sound Research Laboratory

From 13 – 15 November 2023, the kick-off for the research and infrastructure project ÆSR LabApplied/Experimental Sound Research Laboratory will take place at the Angewandte Interdisciplinary Lab (AIL) as well as at the Zentrum Fokus Forschung of the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

The ÆSR Lab is a sound research laboratory at the interface of art and science that fosters interdisciplinary research and artistic creation, supports the development and testing of new technologies and provides infrastructure for research activities. The focus of the ÆSR Lab is on topics in the field of experimental sound research, such as machine learning, field recording methods, architectural sound design (spatialisation) or references to the physical world by means of sensors and actuators. At the same time, the interface from analogue to digital is being explored via the conservation, restoration and digitisation of sound carriers. The ÆSR Lab will be implemented over the next three years.

On three consecutive days in November, in addition to the ÆSR Lab project presentation, lectures, panels and performances from the field of sound research will be presented. In addition to lectures by researchers from the three participating institutions, international positions from the field of sound studies will be presented. On Monday, 13.11.2023, Marcel Cobussen, editor of the Journal for Sonic Studies (JSS) and professor of auditory culture and music philosophy at Leiden University, and a panel on sound (art) research with composer Katharina Klement, artist and researcher Zara Julius, and Bernhard Leitner, former professor of the master class for cross-media art at the Angewandte, will kick things off. The following day, researcher & artist Salomé Voegelin, who teaches at the CRISAP Sound Art Research Centre at the University of the Arts London, will enrich the programme with a keynote speech.

The ÆSR Lab is a project of the University of Applied Arts Vienna under the direction of Karl Salzmann (Zentrum Fokus Forschung). It is realised in cooperation with the Artistic Research Center (ARC) and the Department of Composition, Electroacoustics and Tonmeister Education (IKE) of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Director: Thomas Grill) as well as the Phonogrammarchiv (PhA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Director: Kerstin Klenke). The ÆSR Lab is funded by the BMBWF and in cooperation with the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) of the EU.

The ÆSR Lab will open on Monday, 13.11.2023 at 5 pm.

Detailed information on the programme can be found here.

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