Sound as Material for Eco-technogenesis

Megan Hines, David Kadish, Maja Fagerberg Ranten

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This paper delineates the conceptual outcomes from a two-week intensive cross-disciplinary conversation between an art historian, an interaction designer, and an artist/engineer. With the aim of applying the concept of technogenesis to an exploration of sound as material for art and design, we consider sound as a material force within an ecosystem. Through this lens, sound produced by either life- or technological-forms allows us to consider the ecological impact and potential meanings of generated sound. Drawing on biosemiotics, we propose that the co-evolution of sound, technology, and environments, what we call eco-technogenesis, demands relational, and thus ethical, thinking. The rowdy krause, an autonomous sonic agent, designed by Kadish to identify and inhabit an acoustic niche within an ecosystem, serves as a case study for thinking through eco-technogenesis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of RE:SOUND 2019
Number of pages7
PublisherBritish Computer Society
Publication dateMay 2020
Article number195
Publication statusPublished - May 2020
EventMedia Art History (MAH) 2019 Conference: RE:SOUND - Sound, Media and Art – Theories, Histories, Practices - Aalborg
Duration: 20 Aug 201823 Aug 2018


ConferenceMedia Art History (MAH) 2019 Conference


  • Technogenesis
  • Cross-disciplinary conversation
  • Sound as material
  • Eco-technogenesis
  • Biosemiotics


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