Transmission in Motion

Seminar Blogs

“Post-publishing in the COVID-19 era: the Italian case” – Angelo Zinna

In the sixth session of Transmissions in Motion, Dr. Janneke Adema discussed new and experimental approaches in the world of academic publishing, arguing in favor of a reevaluation of concepts such as “book” and “author” in order to better suit what she defines as the “post-humanities.” Adema explains that thanks to the rise of digital…

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“Post-Publishing against the Market?” – Dennis Jansen

Janneke Adema’s notion of “post-publishing,” as discussed in her recent TiM webinar, arrives at the intersection of two notable trends in Western academia. On one hand, the increasing significance of posthumanist and post-anthropocentric thought across the Humanities, which are now said to be transforming into a “posthumanities” (e.g. Braidotti 2013). On the other hand, the…

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“Environmental Intelligence” – Chris Julien

Data Echoes What can our hearing teach us about the entanglements of intelligence with our physical bodies, and, by extension, about the intelligence of other systems – living and algorithmic? Dr. Thomas Hermann and his Ambient intelligence Group work with data sonifications to access human capacities in unexpected yet familiar ways. In a world where…

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“Loud tools” – Freya Kir

This writing is the third part in a series covering different methods on current perspectives for measuring transmissions in motions. The writings specifically draw on references and inspiration shared from the seminar of the same title hosted by the University of Utrecht during the first half of 2020. Throughout the written reflections the intention is…

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“The Duration of the World as a Continuous Melody” – Anthony Nestel

In his lecture on sonification titled Sonification for Sharing Auditory Perspectives on Data (2020), dr. Thomas Hermann reminded us of the complexity of our human listening system.   According to Hermann, “the benefits of using the auditory system as a primary interface for data transmission are derived from its complexity, power, and flexibility.” (Hermann, Hunt and…

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“Utilitarian Sounds: a Lecture by Dr. Thomas Hermann” – Angelo Zinna

In the opening of his lecture ,“Sonification for Sharing Auditory Perspectives on Data”, dr. Thomas Hermann described sounds as a tool to understand “what is hidden behind the numbers.” While data and statistics have traditionally been represented through visual renditions (such as graphs), Hermann argued that there are a variety of situations in which sound…

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“Auditory Meaning-Making” – Christl de Kloe

In this fourth Transmission in Motion seminar, Dr. Thomas Hermann presented us with the potential of auditory representation of data (see also (Hermann, Hunt, and Neuhoff 2011)). Hermann discussed for example how it might be easier, for those who have trouble expressing emotions or to express certain feelings, to do so through sounds. Or how…

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“Disruptive Forces of Sonification” – Aishwarya Kumar

In her artist talk at the conference – Magical Thinking: Towards a Future Worth Living organized by Sonic Arts Festival 2020, Anja Kanngieser, political geographer and sound artist describes the process of attunement as a way to honor specificities. Their context was a collection of soundscapes presented as embodied climate reality in Papua New Guinea…

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