A Vibrating Body: Sound in Redefined Space and Time

Avant, Vol. XI, No. 3, doi: 10.26913/avant.2020.03.30
published under license CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

Luís Cláudio Ribeiro
Lusófona University, Lisbon

Received 18 March 2020; accepted 20 September 2020; published Online First 17 December 2020.

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Abstract: What was at stake in the nineteenth century was not only the impulse towards light (in the case of photography), but also towards sound, which had its own matrix and devices, associated with another form of culture. The culture of the senses, whether as memory or as experience, was, at that time, a crucial element in a new perception of reality. This new perception was revealed in the rise of artistic works where the dweller of the urban or rural environment was part of the narrative. Sound culture started to develop from the nineteenth century onwards, when technology made it possible to reproduce what was invisible and to conduct research in invention centres and laboratories. Hearing and listening became crucial parts of the one’s access to reality and individual education. Sound established the relation between technology and the subject, increasingly uniting communities around the acoustic experience.

Keywords: sound; technology; auditory; culture; city


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