Reblog: Why Listen to Museums?



Photo via John Kannenberg

In this lecture, sound artist and researcher John Kannenberg explores the role of sound design and listening in the gallery and exhibition space: https://www.academia.edu/15437907/Why_Listen_to_Museums

“While recording there, I felt as if that place made history feel like something palpable, more than any other museum I’d visited up to that point. Obviously this was in part due to its ancient subjectmatter, but it also had something to do with the architecture. After years of low budgets, the museum was in need of renovation: some of the marble staircases were crumbling; old fluorescent lights buzzed and crackled their death throes as they flickered and went dark; even the skylights were broken, and birds flew freely throughout the museum, as if nature had already begun to reclaim it like a ruin. Mostly though, history was so palpable there because I was listening to thatplace so intently. It was a space filled with resonance and wonder, acoustically rich, bursting with sounds so intense that to me they felt physical, like objects.”

These themes will be explored further during Exhibiting Sound, hosted by the University of Alberta in community and cultural spaces around Edmonton, AB.

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