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Centre de recherches sur les arts et le langage – CRAL




  • Jeudi 24 janvier 2019 – 14:00 – Samedi 26 janvier 2019 – 18:00


  • 24 & 25 janvier 2019 : Columbia Global Centers / Paris – Reid Hall, 4 Rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris
  • 26 janvier 2019 : EHESS – Amphithéâtre François Furet, 105 boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris

From January 24 to 26, 2019, researchers from various backgrounds will gather in Paris for the international conference “Sound and Music from the Prism of Sound Studies”. Based on the abundance of current research in musicology, aesthetics, anthropology, sociology, history, archaeology, or geography, it will be necessary to take the measure of the profound questioning of the categories of sound, noise and music that is underway, and to question the theoretical and disciplinary consequences. This will be the second stage of a collaboration between CRAL (EHESS/CNRS) and CNSMDP (Paris) within PSL University and Columbia University (New York).

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ARS Participation – Friday 25 January 2019

  • 10:30 – 11:00  Dr. Julia H. Schröder – Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz – Sounds for the Theatre Stage: A Cultural Practice in Competition to Music?
  • 11:00 – 11:30  Prof. Peter Kiefer – Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz Art – Research – Sound – an (im)possible amalgam

During the entire conference from Tuesday 21 until 26 January  – 2019

The sound installation looking at gravel will be exhibited in the foyer of EHESS.

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SPIEL hoch2 – GAME high2

The integration of game concepts
in contemporary music, music theatre and sound art
Lecture series at the Goethe University

Participation – Friday 20 December 2018

  • 14:00 Dr. Julia H. Schröder

COMPOSITION/PLAY/MAKE Music and Computer Games

Global Composition Presentation

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Prof. Peter Kiefer will give an presentation about A.R.S. at the Conference Global Composition in Germany, Darmstadt, Dieburg. October 4th – 7th 2018.

Dr. Golan Gur will give a lecture at the Conference Global Composition: “Hearing Plants, Reasoning Nature: Art and Science as Media of Knowledge”.

And the sound installation looking at gravel will be exhibited.

Looking at gravel

In November 2017, fifteen scientists of different fields working at a German university were asked to go into an unfamiliar situation and spontaneously comment on what they see. The place was at the balcony of the wellness area of a hotel, which is situated in between historic walls – the scientists were asked to look at the gravel and comment on it from the background of their scientific expertise. Each individual statement gives an authentic view on reality, and although all of the statements are true in themselves they differ from each other. The situation in itself is simple, nevertheless different views on reality result from it. The sound composition interweaves the voices in chains of associations and allows the observer an approach to these views and to feel invited to an individual view on reality, too.

Looking at Gravel is constructed as a balcony made of wood watching over a gravel, the work invites guests to listen to a sound composition consisting of an arrangement of voices and statement by 15 scientists representing a variety of disciplines, encompasses medieval history, media studies, neurology, theology, mathematics, economics, physics, archaeology, biology, linguistics, philology, Egyptology, paleontology, sociology, and German literature. Suggestive of dynamic and heterogeneous complexes, the colors and shapes of the gravel, gave rise to a variety of reactions on the part of the participants. Taken together, the statements of the scientists exemplified the extent to which the perception of reality can be shaped by one‘s background and professional interests.

While listening to the sound composition via headphone, the visitor looks at the original gravel to which the scientist were exposed. Looking at Gravel joins the discussion of how reality is constructed by means of an artistic exploration of the relation between perception and knowledge.

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