RE:SOUND 2019 – 8th International Conference on Media Art, Science, and Technology (RE:SOUND 2019)
Media Art, Science, and Technology
August 20-23, 2019
With the innovation of the mass production media that resulted from the invention of the Gutenberg press more focus was given to visual media and listening was replaced by reading, “we were given an eye for an ear” according to Marshal McLuhan. With the invention of instantaneous media technology, virtual reality images imploded in the social in such a way that the visual images along with the audible sound produced a ubiquitous media with overwhelming presence. Yet again when this media connectivity became mobile audio sensory and voice commands added a layer of verbalism to media, an oral culture that was lost since the invention of the printing press is now regaining ground. Mobility added to connectivity required the use of all communication paradigms available to be used all together concurrently.
Tele-phonetic and audio controls are becoming essential in our interaction with machines, from the “Speech Interpretation and Recognition Interface” Siri to Alexa to Ok Google and Advanced Driver Assistance ADAS. Intelligent Virtual Assistant IVA and Voice User Interfaces VUI are changing social behavioural patterns and thinking modes in so many ways. We find ourselves forced to abandon the linear sequential media we know and halt into the core of the fragmented spherical feed, a feed of violence providing a huge amount of auditory and visual information. It is an act of violence, a feed that violates the individual’s privacy and private spaces through manipulation, monitoring and surveillance. Audio information and oral modes of interactivity are adding a new layer of complexity to the already saturated scene of media communication.