OUT OF SPACE? Erratic, ephemeral & emerging cultural practices in illegal, illegitimate or intangible locations

A symposion by the Sound Studies Lab & the research group Sound & Senses at the University of Copenhagen with the Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology, Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies, at Heidelberg University.

(Concept: Christiane Brosius, Laila Abu-Er-Rub & Holger Schulze)

Forum Urban Spaces/HCTS Heidelberg University, Sound Studies Lab, University of Copenhagen

What locations allow for the emergence of new - often erratic - cultural practices? And vice versa: how and when do cultural practices constitute locations, and how do we make sense of this if such creative topographies are deemed as sites of illegitimacy by some? How can we pay adequate attention to such "queer" spaces and shape conceptual and methodological sensoria that register vernacular, demotic or peripheral fabrics of urbanism? For instance: Can we listen to protest spaces of the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong? How legitimate are all-inclusive resorts in countries that are struck with revolutions and economic uncertainty? What interstitial locations for courageous artistic performances can we trace in early modern Rome or in contemporary Kathmandu? What urban void does a Taco Truck in the USA navigate and what sounds and perceptions may constitute the legitimacy of a kitchen?

This conference brings together Sound Studies, Sensory Ethnography and Media Anthropology in order to explore these questions with researchers from a wide range of disciplines and regional expertise. They shed light on new sensory, visual and gustatory practices in urban spaces ("Food Emplacements"); they broaden the realm of art activism, aesthetics and their relevance for vernacular space-making ("Artistic Spatialities & Identities"), and they explore contemporary border regimes on fringes, frontiers and nodal points of societies ("Borders & Mobilities", "Subversive and Alternative (Urban) Spaces").

Such an assemblage of research on sounds, tastes and images, their sensoria, imagery, resonances and spatialities, requires different critical and self-reflexive ‘think-spaces’ (Aby Warburg’s "Denkraum"). We have chosen therefore to invite contributions that range from "classic" papers, to more experimental explorations of thought and matter, such as audio papers or performative papers.    We hope that the location at the University of Copenhagen, where this symposion takes place, might open up – here and there – to provide such a think-space for the illegitimate and erratic.

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Day 1: Wednesday, June 21st 2017

2:00– 2.20 pm Welcome by Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius (Heidelberg) and Prof. Dr. Holger Schulze (Copenhagen) incl. reflections on creative paper formats.

2:20– 3:00 pm Sanne Krogh Groth (Lund) & Kristine Samson (Copenhagen) “The Audio Paper - from intangible places to reflection and affective encounters”

Panel I: Subversive and Alternative (Urban) Spaces

3:00–3:40 pm Andrin Uetz (Bern) “Traces of Heterotopia – Listening in Hong Kong Protests Sites after the Umbrella Movement” (Audio Paper)

3:40–4:20 pm Ludwig Berger (Zurich) & Florian Fischer (Brussels) “’Only dogs walk as if they know where they’re going’ – Retracing an audio walk to the empty city center of Braunschweig” (Audio Paper)

4:20–4:50 pm Coffee/Tea Break

4:50–5:30 pm Robert Stock (Konstanz) “Performing Bollywood in a Roma camp” (Classic Paper)

5:30–6:10 pm Peter Cusack (London) “Vogelsang, Brandenburg: An imaginative resource” (Audio Paper)

6:10–6:30 pm Wrap-up Discussion Day 1


Day 2: Thursday, June 22nd 2017

Panel II: Borders & Mobilities

10:00–10:40 am Andreas Zissler (Vienna), Pia Prantl (Innsbruck) & Anna Lerchbaumer (Vienna) “SPF 50 - Exploring all-inclusive resorts in unstable countries like Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey” (Performative Paper)

10:40–11:20 am Kaveh Rostamkhani (Berlin) & Sinthujan Varatharajah (University College London) “Spaces of Control - Emerging Border Regimes in Europe” (Performative Paper)

11:20–12:00 pm Oliver Seibt (Amsterdam) “Travelogues from the world behind the mirror: Where “Western” visual-kei fans actually head to when boarding a plane to Japan” (Classic Paper)

12:00–1:00 pm Lunch

Panel III: Artistic Spatialities & Identities

1:00–1:40 pm Christine Jeanneret (Copenhagen) “Prohibition of Opera and the Ban on Women’s voices in Early Modern Rome: Spaces of Transgression” (Classic Paper)

1:40–2:20 pm Marlene Harles (Heidelberg) “Artist-led initiatives in Nepal: the visual archive as alternative” (Performative Paper)

2:20–2:50 pm Coffee/Tea Break

2:50–3:30 pm Shanti Suki Osman (Berlin) “Voicing up” (Performative Paper)

3:30–4:10 pm Cathrine Bublatzky (Heidelberg) & Kaveh Rostamkhani (Documentary Photographer, Berlin) “Iran: Generation Post-Revolution – a photo-essay” (Performative Paper)

Panel IV: Food Emplacements

4:10-4:50 pm Robert Lemon (Austin, Texas) “Taco Truck Typologies: Underused Urban Spaces as Places for Transcultural Possibilities” (Classic Paper)

4:50–5:20 pm Coffee/Tea Break 5:20–6:00 pm Final Discussion/ Wrap up

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