Frauke Behrendt – Rhythmanalysis. Lefebvre on a GPS Sound Walk

Event date: 29 October 2011 
King’s Anatomy Theatre & Museum, 
6th Floor, King’s Building
King’s College London, 
Strand Campus, 
London, WC2R 2LS



Rhythm and Event


Frauke Behrendt (University of Brighton)
Rhythmanalysis. Lefebvre on a GPS Sound Walk

This talk makes Lefebvre’s temporal concept of rhythmanalysis productive for analysing the role of the audience in  ‘Core Sample’, a mobile sound artwork by Teri Rueb (2007). ‘Core Sample’ is an example for a ‘Placed Sounds’ piece. In these kinds of sound art works sounds are distributed in space by the artist and are then experienced by the audience who ‘remix’ their own versions of the piece depending on their paths. This talk understands this GPS sound walk as exploring the relation between the topography of a landscape (Boston harbour island) and its various rhythms (contemporary, historical, technological), as translated into sounds.

I argue that rhythmanalysis is productive to understand the audience experience (drawing on guest book entries, and my own experience) of this GPS sound walk that gives ‘voices’ to secret historic layers of an urban landscape. It allows me to analyze moments of sensory synchronicity, the intertwining of linear time (GPS) and organic time (walking bodies) in the performance of the audience trajectory, and to discuss how auditory and embodied immersion into the experience at the same time allowed for critical reflection.

Frauke Behrendt’s research interests include the areas of digital cultures, sound studies, mobility and media theory. Her research combines empirical and theoretical investigations of the link between mobility, sound and media and how this is articulated both in contemporary art and in everyday live. Frauke is on the Steering Committee of the European COST Action on ‘’Sonic Interaction Design’ and of the International Workshop of Mobile Music Technology. In addition, she is a member of NYLON (international research network in sociology, history and cultural studies), and the ‘Centre for Material Digital Culture’ (Sussex University). She is a Research Fellow at the Cultures of the Digital Economy Institute (CoDE), Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge and will start a new position as Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton in June 2011. Previously, Frauke was Visiting Assistant Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design (US) in the Digital+Media graduate department. She completed her PhD on ‘Mobile Sound. Media Art in Hybrid Spaces’ at the University of Sussex and her MA in Cultural Studies at the Leuphana University (Germany).


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