In a world dominated by the visual, could contemporary resistances be auditory? How does the materiality of sound affect listening and its capacities? What types of collaboration may be configured from working with biomaterials and sound? Do these bio_sonic_agencies open up other possible spaces outside a visual or logocentric regime? The radio work Bio_Sonic_Agencies follows such questioning through a focus on matters of air. Air is highlighted as an elemental force that moves across human and more-than-human bodies, and that enfolds in its rather invisible and light presence a range of material expressions and dynamics. From the microscopic to the macroscopic, air is radically invasive, affirming, influential; it is profoundly internal, filling the lungs with its molecular support while passing across the planet in atmospheres and weather streams. It transitions through states of materialization and imaginaries, from gaseous ethers and contagions to radiophonic signaling and aerial topographies – air is a deep and dangerous carrier. Bio_Sonic_Agencies is the result of a collaboration between a group of artists and philosophers who work with biomaterials, ontological entanglements, sound and speculative listening. Through a process of shared discussion and sonic experimentation, the collective work captures a series of encounters with matters of air.
The series marks the 20th anniversary of the first edition of Social Music produced by Kunstradio and curated by artist Brandon LaBelle.
Social Music 2001