Ruth Bernatek (UCL) - 2014-15 Students

Audiovisual Architectures

My research explores material and cultural practices of sound in art, architecture, and the urban environment, with an emphasis on histories of sound and listening in modernity and the present day.  My objective is to understand how spaces ‘wired’ for sound have impacted our current social and cultural experience and perception of architecture.  The main focus of the project is the relationships between spatial design and post-1950s developments in acoustic technology, electroacoustic studio composition, recording and loudspeaker technology.  Case studies will not only include custom-designed spaces, such as concert halls, public arenas and cinemas, but also existing architectural settings that have been appropriated for audiovisual purposes, as well as evolving concepts of situated sonic practice since the 1960s.

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