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An Ecology of Technology and the Arts Through a Discussion of “Symmetric Anthropology” and “Soundscape”

  • Journal of History of Modern Art
  • 2018, (44), pp.179-200
  • DOI : 10.17057/kahoma.2018..44.007
  • Publisher : 현대미술사학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Art > Arts in general > Art History
  • Received : October 20, 2018
  • Accepted : November 27, 2018
  • Published : December 31, 2018

KIM JOO OK 1

1한국문화예술위원회

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this paper is to reconsider the humanistic attitude by discovering problems in the modern anthropocentric view of the world based on a discussion of ‘symmetric anthropology’, a term proposed by Bruno Latour(1947-) in his book, We Have Never Been Modern. The Great Animal Orchestra, written by Bernie Krause, and which is analyzed in this paper, presents an auditory landscape using ‘soundscape’, which is a compound word made up of ‘sound-landscape’. This soundscape reveals the actual conditions of environmental pollution that cannot be easily recognized by just using our ordinary senses. NEUROSCAPE, a soundscape design system of RETRIEVER that uses deep learning AI technology, shows how sound, image and text information, using the multi-modal method based on meta data search, is restructured into a soundscape collage. By presenting such an example, this paper aims to ecologically look at nature and the environment, which human beings can not see, from an egocentric view of the world and to explore the possibility of reestablishing the host-guest relationship between the subject and others, which had been recognized by separating that dualistic existence from the human environment which surrounds technology, media and the arts.

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