Summer Semester 2022 -Prof. Stephan Günzel invited gksh to teach a course at the Department for Media Research at TU Berlin for the current semester:
Sound as a Mediatized Representation of Space — Studies, Research, and Strategies in X-Realities.
The course explores forms, architectures, conditions, modes, and transfers of acoustic perception in medial spaces by focusing on the developments in the production of spaces and perceptual worlds through innovation in art, design, and VR technologies.
Challenging common assumptions about “natural,” “augmented,” and “virtual” realities, participants are invited to consider what, for example, a “supernatural” reality (SNR) might be if we acknowledge that different forms of world-making interact as “combined universes” (Cristofol).
An everyday confrontation with acoustic virtual realities, such as in the car, at the workplace, in the context of intelligent living, at concerts, and in computer games, is imminent.
But who creates these virtual environments, and with what intention? And how can media studies, sound art, architecture, and sound design contribute to understanding these spatial realities with their particular strategies aesthetically, but also exploratively and research-wise?