Sound Art Theories Symposium

Sound Art Theories Symposium

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Michael Schumacher, Room Piece for Chicago, 2007.
Photo by Lou Mallozzi.

July 28, 2011
Sound Art Theories Symposium

SAIC Columbus Auditorium
280 S. Columbus Dr.
November 5 & 6, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Presented by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Sound, the Sound Arts Theories Symposium will present a range of new theoretical work regarding sound as art and art as sound.


Symposium presenters include:
• Christoph Cox, Professor of Philosophy at Hampshire College and a faculty member at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.
• David Grubbs, Associate Professor in the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, CUNY
• Seth Kim-Cohen, Visiting Artist in the Sound Area at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
• Salomé Voegelin, Senior Lecturer in Sound Arts and Design, London College of Communication.
• Allen S. Weiss, the Departments of Performance Studies and Cinema Studies at New York University.


The symposium is also conducting an Open Call for Papers, from which an additional five to eight presenters will be selected. They are seeking papers that speak to the plurality of theorizing about sound as art and art as sound, with particular interest in critical approaches to sound art that are not necessarily nor primarily related to music. These could include philosophy, critical theory, gender studies, politics, semiotics, relational aesthetics, as well as relationships to studies in the visual arts, architecture, cinema, literature, digital media, etc.


The submission deadline is August 21. For more information and details about submitting a paper to the Sound Art Theories Symposium, please visit


The Sound Art Theories Symposium also includes the following free events presented by Chicago’s Experimental Sound Studio:
Olivia Block and Joseph Mills, in collaboration with Lou Mallozzi: Laughter and Tears, surround-sound installation at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Chicago, Friday and Saturday November 4 and 5, 10:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
Steve Peters: four-channel sound installation at the Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 N. Stockton Dr., open every day September 18–December 31, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Damon Locks: exhibition of screen prints inspired by Sun Ra, Audible Gallery, Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, open Saturday and Sunday, 1:00–5:00 p.m. or by appointment

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)


A nationally accredited leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from around the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC’s resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. For more information, please visit


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