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Sound Art / Street Life: Tracing the social and political effects of sound installations in London (2016)

Christabel Stirling

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This article draws on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in London (2013-14) to address the social and political effects of installation and place-based sound-works. I begin by reviewing a number of theoretical approaches to the city, using my own and others’ ethnographic accounts of London to problematize some of the affirmative conceptualizations of the city being propagated by non-representational theories and cultural geographers. In so doing, I provide the theoretical and contextual substratum for my ensuing discussion of the sound-works, and offer an initial view on why physical urban public space remains crucial to progressive politics. I then examine the sonic re-arrangement of public space in three site-specific sound installations. Through ethnographic analysis of the social dynamics summoned into being by each sound-work, and the “multiple mediations” that animated such dynamics (Born 2005), I offer interpretations as to whether, and if so how, the sound installations might be enlisted as part of a process oriented towards mobilizing democratic designs.
typeresearch exposition
keywordsaffect, ethnography, social mediation, sound installation art, urban politics
date06/12/2015
published13/01/2016
last modified13/01/2016
statuspublished
share statusprivate
licenseAll rights reserved
urlhttps://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/234018/234019
published inJournal of Sonic Studies
portal issue11.


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234095 Figure 12. Image by author, 2013. Christabel Stirling All rights reserved
234092 Figure 11 Christabel Stirling All rights reserved
234079 VideoObject 3: Stepping under the arches, “Bridge Links”, Regent's Canal. Christabel Stirling All rights reserved
234072 VideoObject 2 Christabel Stirling All rights reserved
234069 Figure 10: Bell ringing performance at “Convergence”, Bow Church. Christabel Stirling All rights reserved
234064 Figure 9 Christabel Stirling All rights reserved
234061 Figure 8: “Bridge Links”, Regent's Canal. Christabel Stirling All rights reserved
234055 VideoObject 1 Christabel Stirling All rights reserved
234051 Figure 7 Christabel Stirling All rights reserved
234047 Figure 6: “Phantom Railings”, Bloomsbury. Christabel Stirling All rights reserved
234043 Figure 5 Christabel Stirling All rights reserved
234040 Figure 4 Christobel Stirling All rights reserved
234037 Figure 3: Windrush Square, Brixton. Christobel Stirling All rights reserved
234034 Figure 2: The Camden Bench, Camden. Factory Furniture Ltd. All rights reserved
234032 Figure 1: Anti-homeless spikes, Southwark. Andrew Horton, 2014. All rights reserved
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