symposium:sound & participation

Sound & Participation is a two day conference which aims to present and unpack the shapes and possibilities of participatory sound art and music practices today. 

As an inherently relational phenomenon, sound has a privileged set of possibilities within so-called social practice. In or outside of musical structures, sound vibrates against the distinction between producer and consumer, between spaces of reception and spaces of action, between abstract and applied art. It exists in the necessarily public space between us.

By acting in such a way, sound and music open themselves up to a wide range of ethical and political questions: who speaks? in what form? to whom? on behalf of whom? who listens? who has authorship and who is paid? The conference will bring together practitioners active in the fields of music, sound, visual art, radio, theory, and activism in order to debate and carve out sound's stake in the political.

Next to the symposium, there will be workshops, a reading & watching room, a reader and an open forum where students and other participants can present their own work and get feedback.


Bill Dietz
Manuela Naveau
Brandon LaBelle
Carolyn Chen
David Helbich
Tarek Atoui
Frederic Le Roy
Anna Raimondo
Care of editions
James Saunders

26 February - 2 March 2018
Ghent & Brussels

February 26-27, 2018
in Kask Miry-zaal, Ghent

February 28, March 1 and 2, 2018
in Brussels, at Q-O2 and Ictus

in Kask (Ghent) open during the days of the conference