The Posthumanities Hub Seminar “Sonic Visions of the Arctic” with Åsa Stjerna (online)

When: 25 March, 13:15-15:00 (Swedish time/CET)

Where: Online. In order to take part in the seminar, please register by sending an email to the.posthumanities.hub@gmail.com by 23rd March 2021 at noon (CET) the latest.

Photo: Åsa Stjerna. Sulitjelma glacier 2020.

How can sound mediate information of global relevance about the Arctic? How can this information be transformed to an embodied sonic experience in public space?

We are so happy to introduce to you Åsa Stjerna and her work Sonic Visions of the Arctic!

Sonic Visions of the Arctic is a transdisciplinary study that investigates the “agency of the sonic” and its potential of establishing alternative perceptions of the Arctic as a site and public space of great global significance. By investigating  the  current and  potential  role of the acoustic underwater technologies currently used in scientific research on the Arctic in Sweden and Svalbard, as well as by exploring the complex artistic processes of transformation that take place when the scientific data extracted by these technologies is transformed in an artistic context, this project intends to both map existing sonic worlds and to develop new sonic experiences, elucidating the complex transversal processes involved in taking sound’s unused potential into consideration. 
The project is funded by Vetenskapsrådet (VR) and conducted by Åsa Stjerna, postdoc at Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg, 2021-2023.

Åsa Stjerna is an artist and researcher, using sound and listening as her artistic modes of exploration. Through her site-specific installations, she explores sound’s potential, making the embedded conditions and underlying narratives connected to a situation perceivable. In her artistic research, she has been specifically interested in exploring the contemporary conditions of sonic situated practice and its ability of being transformative, i.e. what it actually means “to make a difference” in the era of Anthropocene and advanced capitalism. Guided by methodologies of feminism, ecosophy, and posthumanism she proposes an understanding of site-specificity as an aesthetic–ethical practice  and engagement. Stjerna represents the professorship Sound Art at Hochschule für bildende Künste in Braunschweig, Germany, 2020-2021.

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