Acoustic Phenomenology: The Hidden Sounds of Austin

Monday, November 1, noon to 3pm (PAR 102)


Bill Fontana, known for his pioneering work with sound, will conduct a three-hour workshop, in conjunction with his commission for Butler Sound Gallery at the Blanton Museum of Art. Organized by UT’s Bureau for Experimental Ethnography, the workshop will demonstrate to students and researchers the art of listening by recording hidden acoustic phenomena in the natural environment as well as the conductive resonance of structural elements.  

Fontana will teach participants how to detect and record the complex sound patterns in the world around us. Sound will be explored and recorded using hybrid listening technologies, including accelerometers, hydrophones, and microphones. Participants will listen in the field, through a multiple headphone amp to the in-progress recordings, returning to the lab to listen and discuss the recordings and their potential relevance outside of the original context.  

Participants should bring their own headphones.

POETIX series, Spring 2021

“X’s and I’s: Ethnography Without a Subject”

We will begin 2021 with a 4-part series coordinated by Brent Crosson and Megan Gette: “POETIX” — where poetry meets the ethnographic. The Bureau for Experimental Ethnography — comprised of poets, ethnographers, sound artists, ethnomusicologists, filmmakers and things in-between, adjacent to, or curious about — will discuss whether an anthropology without anthropologists is possible. A spread-out “I.” A dissolving or overly-porous or scattered subject. A slippage of objects and their collective nouns. A series of speculative slow-Zooms. A convergence of scientific wonders and non-scientific happenings within the machine of ethnographic apparatuses. Less hand-wringing. Some hand-holding, virtually. No finger snapping.

Meetings will be every other Monday at 1:30 p.m. CST via Zoom https://utexas.zoom.us/j/98895716280

January 25: Brent Crosson and Megan Gette will share their work and lead a discussion about working across anthropology and poetry.

February 8: Guest speaker Eleni Stecopoulos

February 22: bookmaking workshop

March 8: Kathleen Stewart