Steven FeldSteven Feld is a sound and image artist, with a background in music composition and performance and photography and filmmaking. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Music and the University of New Mexico, and Director of VoxLox Media Arts. His books for Duke University Press include Sound and Sentiment, and Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra. His CDs for VoxLox and Smithsonian include the European series The Time of Bells, Bosavi: Rainforest Music from Papua New Guinea, and Por Por: Honk Horn Music of Ghana. His films for DER include the 5 DVD Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra series, and most recently, in surround sound, Voices of the Rainforest.


Hearing Heat

Is anthropocenic climate change audible? In three historical media tales, from Papua New Guinea, Japan, and Greece, I answer in the affirmative, with a montage of examples gathered from ethnographic field recordings, fiction film, installation sound and video art, popular song, and contemporary art music. The talk intertwines media history and practice, with specific examples from my audio and video work of the last 45 years.


In addition to the talk, we will be screening Voices of the Rainforest in 7.1 surround sound in ATLAS 100 on Tuesday October 18th at 8pm.