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      Tactical Soundwalking in the City: A Feminist Turn from Eye to Ear

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      RE:SOUND 2019 – 8th International Conference on Media Art, Science, and Technology (RE:SOUND 2019)
      Media Art, Science, and Technology
      August 20-23, 2019
      Walking, Soundwalking, Deep Listening, Feminist, Urban
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            Abstract

            The histories of walking in art are both male-dominated and visually oriented. This is most clearly expressed in the 19th century figure of the “flâneur.” Building on the history of both the flâneur and Guy Debord’s psychogeographic “dérive,” Michel de Certeau’s “Walking in the City,” published in 1980, suggests walking as a tactical act of resistance to the alienation of the modern city. While de Certeau begins his essay with a critique of visuality, or the scopic drive, he misses a crucial opportunity to move from eye to ear. In alliance with the sonic philosophy of Salomé Voegelin, this paper argues for listening as a mode that, counter to the objectifying uses to which visuality has culturally been put, offers a mode of engaging with the world that is relational, ecological, and feminist in orientation. Through a discussion of the practices of soundwalking and Deep Listening, and analysis of soundwalking projects by Suzanne Thorpe, Viv Corringham, and Amanda Gutierrez, a new story emerges about listening in public space as a tactical act.

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            Contributors
            Conference
            August 2019
            August 2019
            : 189-194
            Affiliations
            [0001]Department of the Arts

            Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

            110 8th Street, Troy, NY 12180
            Article
            10.14236/ewic/RESOUND19.29
            a61c94c7-92db-4af8-b227-a8ff11f297c4
            © Loveless. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of RE:SOUND 2019

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            RE:SOUND 2019 – 8th International Conference on Media Art, Science, and Technology
            RE:SOUND 2019
            8
            Aalborg, Denmark
            August 20-23, 2019
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Media Art, Science, and Technology
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            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
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            Categories
            Electronic Workshops in Computing

            Applied computer science,Computer science,Security & Cryptology,Graphics & Multimedia design,General computer science,Human-computer-interaction
            Walking,Feminist,Soundwalking,Urban,Deep Listening

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