Conference "I am not sitting in a room"

The international conference "I am not sitting in a room - urban, political and social resonances" will take place from 24th - 26th of June 2022. The Faculty of Art and Design at Bauhaus University Weimar invites sound theorists and artists to explore urban, political, and social spaces on a sonic level in three thematic blocks. The interdisciplinary conference will focus on the question of how our environment would change if we were to shape it based on what we hear.

Urban resonances deal with the past and future of acoustic urban space design. How would our future cities look like if they were designed and shaped acoustically? To what extent urban sound design requires the cooperation of different groups and actors? Scientific analyses as well as artistic strategies for the composition of space-sound will be presented.

Political resonances are dedicated to the Politics of Listening. Can listening enable political resistance? With focus on the analysis of soundscapes, to make previously unperceived narratives audible, the organizers also hope to find solutions to the increase of social fragmentation caused by the "Green Deal."

Social resonances explore our acoustic coexistence with the non-human environment. How can we connect with animals? And how can we make their voices more heard? These questions will be explored in an interdisciplinary way, including an attempt to create a collective inter-species chorus of humans and non-human animals. 

In addition to lectures on the three topics, the conference offers four different workshops. The event will be accompanied by artistic interventions. The lectures can be attended without prior registration. Registration for the workshops is required.

The conference will be held in English. Admission is free.


"I am not sitting in a room - urban, political and social resonances"

Time: Friday 24th of June 2022, 10 a.m., to Sunday 26th of June 2022, 2 p.m.

Location: Bauhaus University Weimar | Audimax, Library | Steubenstrasse 8 | 99423 Weimar


Keynote: Salomé Voegelin

Urban Resonances: Andres Bossard, Thomas Kusitzky, Teresa Carrasco

Political Resonances: Leah Bassel, Lefteris Krysalis, Frank Eckardt, Florencia Curci & Augustin Genoud

Social Resonances: Eva Meijer, Ursula Damm, Alessandro Bosetti

Workshops: Andres Bossard, Florencia Curci & Augustín Genoud, Alessandro Bosetti, Thomas Kusitzky


The conference is hosted by the Experimental Radio Chair of Faculty of Art and Design and was supported by Bauhaus.Module.