In this seminar, I share my recent project that takes sound as an anthropological material and method to discuss how contemporary sound art practices connect with the perceptible transcendental, the strange and the immanent. I propose that the acoustic mind shares an intellectual similarity with the cybernetic brain and I explore further how art, with sound art as an example, works as a method in equipping us to build a system of mutual care in an ambient-becoming techno-economic-political system.
Jing Wang is Associate Professor in the College of Media and International Culture at Zhejiang University, China; visiting professor at MIT anthropology (2019-2020). She is an art anthropologist, sound studies scholar, sound event curator.
She completed her PhD in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts at Ohio University. She is published in academic journals including Social Science Research, Leonardo, Leonardo Music Journal, Journal of Popular Music Studies, and Representations. She is international editorial-board member of the journal Social Science Information. She is the author of the book Sound and Affect: An Anthropology of China’s Sound Practice (Zhejiang University Press 2017) （in Chinese）, Half Sound，Half Philosophy: Aesthetics, Politics, and History of China's Sound Art (Bloomsbury 2021) (in English). Artistically, Jing (Adel) works with field-recordings and installation-based performance. In January 2015, she founded The Sound Lab at College of Media and International Culture at Zhejiang University.