Presentation by Gabriel Paiuk
Gabriel’s research looks at the material aspects of listening, and tries to give an account of the material conditions and the material nature of listening. Gabriel asks: ‘how to account for the different ways in which listening happens and is not only dependent on the will of the listener?’ How do certain conditions – the acoustic space, the playing devices, and so on – shape the way in which listening takes place?
Gabriel mentioned the work of philosopher Gilbert Simondon. Although not considered normally as a new materialist in his thinking, the materialist perspective appears in Simondon’s work as ‘an operational account of how the real occurs’, which is, as Gabriel asserts, ‘how Simondon tackles the sensorial’ – a key to the questions concerning listening experience. Thus, ‘sense is produced neither by an organism nor by homo sapiens, but emerges from the relation of communication through which groups of organisms and the organism itself at different levels and through different milieus are structured’
Listen to Gabriel talks about his own sound work, taking as a starting point the idea that ‘listening cannot be separated from a context in which it unfolds’. (21’55” - 24’10”)