Post-Natural Sound Arts


The emphasis throughout rests in the application of an eco-political ear, one that is not without its uncertainties and limits, but nonetheless endeavors to listen in, and out, of intersectional power (Journal of Sonic Studies Vol. 13).

How does sound transmit complex geopolitical meaning? In a time of increasing ecological and politically instability has the long-empathetic notion of non-invasive environmental sound recording become a redundant ideal that is as illusionary as so-called Nature itself? How is technological agency performed and part of an ecological approach? Whom do ‘we’ speak for in the sounding of environments?

This ongoing research project (publication, lecture, teaching) focuses on archival and artistic sound recordings that demonstrate how sonic representations are part of an interlacing of geographies, media, and time. Calling for a listening practice as an art of noticing (Tsing 2015) I argue audio recordings represent soft pollutants (Serres 2010) and harbour trace evidence of anthropogenic incursion along with the ongoing performance of asymmetrical encounters between humans and nonhumans.

Keywords: Ecology, Listening, Media, Nature

Journal of Sonic Studies Vol 13

Image: Abbot Thayer (1908)