11 | 2006
Sat–Sun 18–19 November 06
Sociological dimensions of music-related behavior
Conference in the ZKM_Lecture Hall, Sat 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun
10 a.m.–1 p.m., free admission
The Conference will be postponed until 2007!
Detailed information follows.
Listening to music, perceiving and producing it, is a sensual and emotional
experience with anthropological, psychological, sociological, and cognitive
significance. In dealing with music, we are confronting the synesthesia and
symbols that it generates and its emotional and communicative effects.
The concept »reception« is insufficient for describing these processes
because it does not adequately reflect the active, emotionally intensive disposition
as well as the active adaptation that they involve. Therefore, this working conference
focuses on the concept of »medial appropriations«. This concept opens
up the complex reality of making and perceiving music in an appropriate way,
situating it well beyond mere learning or pure internalization. The process of
appropriation refers to the entire person, to their sensual, motor, cognitive,
and intellectual abilities.
From this perspective, the conference will look into the potential of appropriation
as a sociological and aesthetic as well as medial category with reference to
Also discussed at the event will be the question of whether guidelines for people’s
relationship to themselves, to nature, and to society can be developed from appropriation
and how this creation of norms functions in the medially transmitted arts, especially
Additional thematic points:
Scenarios and cultural forms as well as regulations and mechanisms of musical-medial
appropriation, interdisciplinary, transcultural, and medial perspectives
in the appropriation process.
A conference of the section »Sociology and Social History of Music« of
the German musicological society (Gesellschaft für Musikforschung) in
cooperation with ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics.