How does sound map the present, shape our understanding of the past, and design possible futures through the field of art, design and music? For most humans and animals, sound is an essential component of “being alive”. As we cannot close our ears, it is constantly present and immerses us in our environment. But soundmaking and listening is also a socio-political act, as it profoundly influences how we perceive a given territory and relate to its inhabitants – something we share with most animals.


Chaired by Eric de Visscher, Visiting Professor, V&A Research Institute