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Events 11 | 2006

Sat–Sun 18–19 November 06

Musical/Medial Appropriations
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 

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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 music.
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 music.

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.

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