The Elusive: Listening

Steven Feld
University of New Mexico

Hillel Schwartz
Independent Scholar

October 22, 2:30 - 5:00 PM
Room 56-114
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Wayne Marshall
Foreign Languages and Literatures, MIT

Jimena Canales
History of Science, Harvard

Stefan Helmreich
Ian Condry
Patricia Tang

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Steven Feld

Steven Feld — Acoustemologies

Listening to histories of listening, encountering sound as a way of knowing (that is, as an acoustemology), and recounting practices of recording and playback as dialogic auditing, Steven Feld will give a tour of such encounters in rainforest New Guinea, pastoral Europe, and urban Ghana in order to pose questions about the ways sonic ephemerality and materiality become one.

Steven Feld is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Music at the University of New Mexico. Trained as a jazz musician, then filmmaker, then anthropologist, he has worked in textual, sound, and visual media since 1975 in Papua New Guinea, Europe, Japan, and Ghana.

Hillel Schwartz

Hillel Schwartz — Cross Polytopes & Octaphons More Agreeable: Toward A Taxonomy of Sounds All Around But Not Quite There

One-line teaser: Bombard the notion of "surround-sound" until it bursts, then listen to what happens.

Hillel Schwartz is a poet, translator, case manager, and independent scholar who has published widely on topics in cultural history. His most recent opus is Making Noise from Babylon to the Big Bang and Beyond, due out any moment from Zone/MIT Press.

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