This project at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt serves two conjunct purposes: on the one hand it wants to develop a sonic philosophy that takes music serious as a ‘form of thinking’ [and that might revise our notion of what ‘thinking’ means]. On the other hand, it aims to bring this approach into a fertile symbiosis with the concepts and practices of ‘artistic research:’ art, philosophy, and science as heterogeneous, yet coequal forms of thinking and researching.
The debate about the sphere of sound is presently carried out with high intensity. The emerging field of research ‘Sound Studies’ is primarily discussed in the humanities and social sciences – the ‘Acoustic Turn’ is tackled with the means of cultural sciences and semiotics. These disciplines, however, deal with sound more often than not in the field of its ‘cultural meaning’ (for the composer, for the constitution of national or ethnic identities, etc.). Sound and music always mean, and the meaning is found or discovered by understanding sound and music as ‘mere practices,’ the theory of which has to be imported from elsewhere – thinking about sound.
The conference took place in:
goethe university, campus westend,
casino building, room 1.801
grüneburgplatz 1, 60322 frankfurt am main
30.05.2013 – 01.06.2013