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The Institute of Sonic Epistemologies (2016)

Ludwig Zeller & Martin Rumori, 2016
Site-specific sound installation
5-channel binaural


What if visual strategies would loose their dominance in scientific statistics? What if blind people would catch-up with the non-blind in a post-visual information society?

“The Institute of Sonic Epistemologies focuses on tactile and acoustic analysis methods with a focus on both application orientation and practice-based foundational research. We project quantifiable and high-dimensional problems to acoustic models for the purpose of data exploration and analysis. Our specialisation lies in the detective’s art of recognising correlations in complex data sets that purely visual or automatic approaches usually fail to detect. Our academic core context is design and media studies, but we have many interferences with economics, math, engineering, physics and the digital humanities. We are standing in front of our event space where currently a workshop with external students is running. We can have a quick look, if we are quiet. Shall we go?”

The Institute of Sonic Epistemologies is a site-specific sound installation by Ludwig Zeller (HGK Basel) & Martin Rumori (Kunstuniversität Graz). The project is part of the SNSF funded research project “Experimental Data Aesthetics” (2013-2015) lead by Shintaro Miyazaki (IXDM Basel).


Aesthetic discussion and technical documentation

The project is fully discussed in the paper “The Institute of Sonic Epistemologies. Life-world Fiction within Augmented Auditory Space” by Martin Rumori and me, available in issue 17 of Acoustic Space Journal.

Our production notes, sound files and source codes are available as an open-source GitLab repository hosted at IEM Graz.


Sonic Epistemologies

Figure 1: Five binaural recordings offer an impression of a world that is based on a social thought experiment

Binaural measurements

Figure 2: Audio setup for binaural impulse response measurements

Exhibition poster

Figure 3: Invitation poster for the premiere at HEK Basel.