Sounding Knowledge: People
Sounding Knowledge Network: People
AHRC Network Research Project (2022-2023)
Prof. Salomé Voegelin
Salomé Voegelin is an artist and writer who works with sound’s relational capacity to develop different and plural knowledge possibilities. She writes essays and text-scores for performance and publication. Books include Listening to Noise and Silence (2010), The Political Possibility of Sound (2018) and Sonic Possible Worlds (2014/ 2021). Her forthcoming book Uncurating Sound: Knowledge with Voice and Hands (2022) foregrounds the perfidy of norms and considers the violence of contemporary art.
Voegelin’s practice works through participatory, collective and communal approaches and pursues sonic pedagogies that trouble the lines of knowledge from an uncertain and plural listening. She is a Professor of Sound at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.
Dr. Werner Friedrichs
Werner Friedrichs researches in the field of civic education (Politische Bildung). His focus is on the development of a concept of civic education that is not oriented at imparting knowledge about political institutions, actors and several political procedures. Rather, it is about the question of positioning – as an articulation of political subjectivity. In his conception, the practice of becoming political takes place on the border between space and place. For this, the ways of subjective situatedness must be made tangible, which are produced with the help of things, architectures, movements, facilities, or assemblies. Latest publications include Atopien im Politischen (2022) an Zurück zu den Dingen (2020). In his research projects he cooperates with different artists. With the performer group JAJAJA (Hamburg) he has created Atopic Politics: Immersive sound walk (Bamberg 2019) and Democratic modes of existence (Bamberg and Hamburg 2021/22). With Rimini-Protokoll (Berlin) he has realized the Conference of the absent (Berlin/Dresden 2021). Werner Friedrichs is Academic Director of the Department for Civic Education at the Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg and Member of the Institute for Didactics of Democracy (Leibniz University of Hannover).
Dr. Kevin Logan
Early Career Researcher
Kevin Logan is an artist, researcher, and educator based in London. His work engages cross-disciplinary fields and incorporates installation, sound, moving-image, and performance.
Kevin has exhibited and performed internationally. His audio-visual works have been screened worldwide, including at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; the Pompidou Centre, Paris; GlogauAir Art Centre, Berlin; LOOP Festival, Barcelona; Soundcrawl Festival, Nashville, Tennessee; Reelworld Film Festival, Toronto; Videoholica, Varna, Bulgaria; Video Art Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece; Moozak Festival, Vienna; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei.
Kevin has designed the sound for several award-winning short films and animations. He has had sound works released on compilation media and broadcast, and currently delivers a monthly hour-long radio show for RTM.FM. He also runs the experimental music Bandcamp label £aBowl Releases.
He has worked collaboratively with a variety of art practitioners and organisations throughout his career and embraces socially engaged practices. He is a founder member of the collective thickear, who formed in London in 2012-2016. Their work engaged concepts of exchange and public transaction, and they have performed participatory works and commissioned pieces throughout Europe.
Kevin studied BA (Hons) Fine Art  and MA Multimedia Arts , both at Liverpool JMU, and MA Sound Arts  at London College of Communication, UAL.
In 2018 he completed a PhD with CRiSAP, at University of the Arts London. This practice-led research explored sonic-thinking through mediation, performance, and pedagogic and curatorial outcomes. His theoretical and experimental texts are published in print and online, and he presents regularly at conferences and symposia.
Abigail Hirsch is artist, curator and educator with an expertise in accessibility. Since completing her Fine Art studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, in 2001 (‘Sound in Relation to Image’, published in NOISEGATE Magazine No 12, 2004), Abigail Hirsch has developed a socially engaged practice with a focus on accessibility in the arts. Partially deaf, her work has been driven by a special interest in sound. She has a track record in creating installations and site-specific work in collaboration with diverse marginalized communities, and mentoring artists with learning disabilities at Action Space supported studio project providing access to fully enable participation in the arts. In 2010, Abigail was invited by the Head of Access at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, to assist with the development of the program, for adults and young visitors with different abilities. Hirsch is a key figure in the development of the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Access program, and multi-sensory approach at the Royal Academy of Arts. She has completed several commissions creating multi-sensory access resources for other museums, notably ‘Curious Ceramics’, Victoria and Albert Museum’s first sensory back-pack, for visitors with sensory impairments. In addition, Hirsch consults for museums in the area of multimodal education and accessibility. Since 2011 Abigail's activities entail commuting between London, UK and Tel - Aviv, IL
Dr. Kerstin Meißner
Early Career Researcher
Dr. phil. Kerstin Meißner researches, writes and teaches at the intersections of critical pedagogy, cultural practice and educational philosophy. Kerstin's research interests are:
- Praxeological and Relational Perspectives on belonging as "becoming-with”
- Critical Diversity Studies (focus: Racism Studies, Decolonial Education, Education in the Migration Society, East/German Migration Histories)
- Cultural and political education, with special emphasis on socio-ecological-technical transformation and new materialism
- Educational potentials of sound, sonic pedagogy, aural literacy
- Qualitative social research (focus: discourse and dispositif analysis)
- Knowledge production and science communication
Michael Gallagher is a Reader in the Faculty of Health and Education at Manchester Metropolitan University. His research is interdisciplinary, exploring sonic methods, sonic geographies, children and young people’s lives in a range of contexts, and theory and methodology in qualitative research. The defining feature of his work is how it draws together elements from diverse influences, as reflected in publications across journals in human geography, childhood studies, sound studies, education, allergy, social work and music. His recent research is animated by a lifelong fascination with audio and other media technologies, linking to activity outside academia in which Michael produces ambient techno music, provides audio mastering services, and writes about music technologies.
Lisa Hall is a sound artist exploring urban environments through installations and participatory works - investigating connections with our sonic environments. Collaborative and solo works have included air pollution sonification on bikes, curation of urban sound performances, sonic wilding installations, DIY radio making, and reenactments of sonic trends - projects have been shared at Furtherfield Gallery, V&A, Tate Modern galleries, on BBC radio and in various academic journals and conferences. Lisa is part of an international feminist radio group Shortwave Collective, collaborates with the Bicrophonic Research Institute and works at CRiSAP research centre. Lisa is currently in receipt of an Arts Council Developing your Creative Practice award.
The following international experts will be working with us in a series of online meetings to explore and develop sonic pedagogy positionalities.
Eder J. Williams-McKnight
Eder J. Williams-McKnight is an educator and poet who elevates deep learning and transformational experiences. Her work has included designing and developing curriculum, leading teaching teams, interdisciplinary studies, civic engagement, global literature through the lens of critical pedagogy, DEIBJ leadership, and experience-based learning. Currently, she is a coach for FORGE, a program of the Klingenstein Center of Teachers College at Columbia University, NY, NY.
Johannes Salim Ismaiel-Wendt
Johannes Salim Ismaiel-Wendt is Professor for Music Sociology and Popular Music Studies at the University of Hildesheim, Germany. He is author of tracks'n'treks. Populäre Musik und Postkoloniale Analyse (2011), post_PRESETS. Kultur, Wissen und populäre MusikmachDinge (2016) and editor of Translating HipHop (2012), Musikformulare und Presets (2018) and Postcolonial Repercussions. On Sound Ontologies and Decolonised Listening (2022). Ismaiel-Wendt is a founding member of the collective ARK [Arkestrated Rhythm Komplexities], a collective for post-representative sound lectures and installations on globally entangled histories of music, sampling cultures and drum machines.
Maria Westvall is Professor of Music education at Rhythmic Music Conservatory (RMC) in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her research focuses on music education in a broad perspective, including aspects of intercultural approaches, community music, popular music, and migration and she has directed several research projects on these topics. Maria has presented her research in a number of international contexts, and has been published in books and scientific journals, including Music Education Research, British Journal of Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, International Journal of Community Music, Música em perspectiva, El oído pensante, Intercultural Education, Action, Criticism & Theory for Music Education, Nordic Research in Music Education, Danish Musicology Online, and the Finnish Journal of Music Education. She is currently the director of Copenhagen Centre for Research in Artistic Citizenship (CReArC).
Suvani is an artist and researcher based in New Delhi, India. She works with sound, text and intermedia assemblages and has been exploring various modes of transmission such as podcasts, auditory texts, sonic environments, maps, objects, installations, workshops and live interventions. Actively engaged in thinking through the techno-political processes that listening is embedded in, her research interests lie in the speculative capacities of listening, voice, and the histories and politics embedded within the technological processes of production, mediation and perception of sound. Alongside, she has been teaching at several universities and educational spaces where her pedagogical interests conflate with a critical inquiry into the digital and sonic sensorium.
Born in Yaoundé and currently based in Berlin, Elsa M’Bala aka A.M.E.T. is a sound artist who makes live podcasts as a mixture between DJ’ing and live radio shows, in which field recordings and interviews are shared live with an audience. She performed internationally at Akademie der Künste Berlin (DE); Casino Luxembourg-Forum d'art contemporain (LUX); Dak’Art Biennale (SEN); Gessnerallee Zürich (CH), among others. She made the trailer for the Berlin Biennale 10. A.M.E.T.’s musical journey, and her reflections on race, cultural background, gender and spirituality, challenge preconceptions of how someone’s music should sound based on where they’re from. Her practice breaks with western classical music by creating graphic scores that enable her to include semi tones as it is regular in non western music. By using technology, she amplifies her unique voice and addresses narratives of inclusion and visibility. Her work is also marked by collaborations with musicians, dancers, artists, performers and makers from different backgrounds. Since 2019, Elsa M’Bala also practices as a massage therapist.
Mark Peter Wright
Mark Peter Wright is an artist-researcher working at the intersection of sound arts, experimental pedagogy and critical theory. His practice examines relations between the field, lab, site and gallery, and amplifies forms of power and poetics within the creative use of sound and documentary media. He is the author of Listening After Nature: Field Recording, Ecology, Critical Practice (Bloomsbury, 2022).
meLê yamomo is an Assistant Professor of Theatre, and Performance Studies at the University of Amsterdam and author of Sounding Modernities: Theatre and Music in Manila and the Asia Pacific, 1869-1946 . He is Project Leader and PI of Decolonizing Southeast Asian Sound Archives and PI of the project "Sonic Entanglements: Listening to Modernities in Southeast Asian Sound Recordings". meLê is a resident artist at Theater Ballhaus Naunynstrasse where his creations Echoing Europe, sonus, and Forces of Overtones are on repertoire. meLê also curates the Decolonial Frequences Festival and hosts the Sonic Entanglements podcast. In his works as an artist-scholar, meLê engages the topics of sonic migrations, queer aesthetics, and post/de-colonial acoustemologies.
Nicole Brittingham Furlonge is Professor and Director of the Klingenstein Center, Teachers College Columbia University. She also serves as Narrative Medicine Core Collaborator at Columbia Medical School and is co-founder of LEARNS Collaborative, a catalyzer for human-centered, equitable change in organizations. A first generation college student, Nicole earned her Ph.D. and B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania, and her M.A. from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining Teachers College, Nicole served as Director of Teaching and Learning at the Holderness School. She has taught English and served as English Department Chair and Director of Diversity at several independent schools, including St. Andrew's School (Delaware), The Lawrenceville School, and Princeton Day School. Nicole is the author of Race Sounds: The Art of Listening in African American Literature, published by the University of Iowa Press. Her book demonstrates listening as an essential interpretive and civic act that leads to deeper engagement with others. Nicole has previously served on the boards of People and Stories/Gente y Cuentos and Village Charter School in Trenton, NJ. Currently, she serves on the board of the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning. Dr. Furlonge’s research examines the intersections between listening, cognitive neuroscience, social justice, and school leadership. She lives in Yonkers, NY with her spouse, Nigel (Klingenstein Center alum), their three children, and their puppy.
The following international experts will be working with us in a series of Aural Literacy Workshops creating and applying sonic pedagogy tools.
Dr Jonathan Prior is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Cardiff University, whose research takes an interdisciplinary approach, spanning environmental philosophy, sound studies, and landscape research. His current research interests include the geographies of environmental and wildlife sound archives, with a focus on The World Soundscape Project, and European wildlife sound collections. His first book, Between Nature and Culture: The Aesthetics of Modified Environments, co-authored with Emily Brady and Isis Brook, was published in 2018 by Rowman & Littlefield.
Mariam Rezaei is an award winning composer, turntablist, writer and performer. She leads experimental arts project TOPH, who curate TUSK FRINGE and TUSK NORTH for TUSK Festival. Her music has recently been described as ‘genuinely ground-breaking’ (London Jazz News 2022) and ‘high-velocity sonic surrealism’ (4* The Guardian 2022).
Selmar Schülein, PhD candidate at the intersections of relational pedagogy, educational philosophy and civic education, is a research associate at the Chair of General Education at the University of Bayreuth and teaches at the University of Bamberg. In the context of the Anthropocene and the social-ecological-technical transformation, his interdisciplinary research focuses on the educational potentials of urban DIY places characterized by intense human-nature-thing relationships; with special emphasis on postqualitative, new materialist and critical posthumanist concepts. He also works as a journalist and writer, publishing essays and features on socio-political issues for some of the largest quality print media in the German-speaking world.
Steffen Pelzel is a PhD researcher in the field of social science didactics (Politische Bildung) at the University of Siegen. His project and current research, writings and teachings are focusing on the correspondences of educational theory, critical pedagogy and theories of critique – all in confrontation with a political epistemology of human-nature-relations in the anthropocene.
Holger Schulze is professor in musicology at the University of Copenhagen and principal investigator at the Sound Studies Lab. His research moves between a cultural history of the senses, sound in popular culture and the anthropology of media. Recent publications include: The Bloomsbury Handbook of the Anthropology of Sound (2021, ed.), Sonic Fiction (2020), The Sonic Persona (2018).http://www.soundstudieslab.org
Marcus Wachter is a graphic designer and musician, recently graduated from Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem (NL), currently based in and working from Leipzig (GER).
“Marcus’ practice is tied to deep-founded research on anarchism, which informs a body of sound and visual works, often combined with collective participation. His works stem from a dense pool of philosophical argumentation and political theory, which he applies in the context of visual and cultural production.” – Mariana Lobão
Paul Stan Nataraj
Paul is an audio maker from Blackburn in Lancashire. His PhD project ‘You Sound Like a Broken Record’, was voted in the top ten experimental albums of the year by 'A Closer Listen' magazine 2018. His work explores musical materiality, memory, the personal stories attached to music, and how our relationship with listening and the listened to, changes over time. His last album ‘Cobblestones & Kitchari’ was released in May 2020 on Fractal Meat Cuts. He is currently working as a researcher on the 'Migrant Memory and the Postcolonial Imagination' project for Loughborough University.
Shanti Suki Osman
Shanti Suki Osman is a Berlin-based artist, educator and researcher working with song, sound and radio, exploring the topics of identities, privilege and power, anti-racism and feminisms. She is research associate and doctoral candidate for Music Pedagogy at Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg in Germany. Her PhD research investigates the experiences of women of colour studying popular music in German Musikhochschulen. Recent sound and radio projects and publications include Alternative Acts (Ballhaus Naunynstr, Berlin 2022); Untraining The Ear: A Perfect Fit (Savvy/Deutschlandfunk Kultur Berlin, 2020/21); Ein dekolonisierendes Zuhören?: drei Arten des Zuhörens (Kontextschule Publikation, Art in Context, University of Arts, Berlin, Forthcoming).
Yosa Peit is a Berlin-based producer and singer. She is the founder and artistic head of the experimental sound x tech edu format 'Error Music – don't delete!' for girls and non-binary kids in Berlin. Her debut full length 'Phyton' (Tax Free 2020) will be rereleased on London/NY based Fire Records in late 2022. She has collaborated with Holly Herndon on her current album 'Proto' among others.