Sound Matters framework initial results were presented at the Sound, Images and Data SID Conference in the New York University, Steinhardt School, which focus was to analyze the role of the artists and curators in creating new experiences and aesthetics in the 21st century. We offered an academic paper which is introduced in this abstract:
‘This paper examines initial research findings for the creation of Sound Matters, a framework that facilitates the creative interrogation and relational playback of sound on ‘its own terms’, for the interdisciplinary research community. Departing from artistic and methodological experiences of Sound Artists, Anthropologists, and Geographers, amongst others, working creatively with field recordings and speech as cultural memory, the need was felt to articulate this knowledge, focusing on accessible sound-specific tools for retrieving and relational listening. Questions such as the reliability of machine procedures to ‘listen’, the performative actions that create sonic experience, the use of personal vs institutional collections, the process of relational listening as expansive path for knowledge, and the increasing use of accessible technologies for audiences to experience sound, are emerging to push boundaries of traditional perspectives on the treatment and archival of sound data.’
The paper received interesting feedback such as the identification of artists and researchers’ practices with Sound Matters methodological framework, and also understanding the dynamic and flexibility of the framework. In this aspect, we received an interesting suggestion from artist Florian Grond of looking at ‘boundary objects’, to reflect on the dynamic of the framework.
We had a very nourishing conference and discussion about the difficult times we are living managing image and sound information, our quest to creating meaning our of these materials, and the gain and loss we experienced in our practices of retrieval and selection. It is really rewarding to discuss artists’ perspectives which elevate the situation to our current environmental, social, economical and political circumstances surrounding data, and how we intervene in these contexts.