Sound Ethnographies

A three-day intensive on the theory and practice of sound for non-fiction media

September 9 - 11, 2016

“For twenty-five centuries, Western knowledge has tried to look upon the world. It has failed to understand that the world is not for beholding. It is for hearing. It is not legible, but audible.” Jacques Attali, Noise: The Political Economy of Music (1985)

UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art


Sound Ethnographies is a three-day immersion in critical sound making for documentarians, artists and scholars interested in exploring the ethical, practical and theoretical aspects of using sound in non-fiction media.

What is sound ethnography? How does it differ from other sound-related practices? How do sound ethnographers approach their work? What do sound ethnographies do that other non-fiction sound works do not? These are just a few of the questions we will explore over the course of the workshop.

A big thanks to the fantastic group of guests who have agreed to share their practices, ideas and art works. Thanks to Christopher, Mathilde, Emile and the folks at UnionDocs for making this gathering possible. And, a special thank you to Kevin and Ernst for their brilliance and inspiration. 

Morning and Other Times/Mycological

Please join us for a special night of listening with Ernst Karel on Saturday, Sept. 10th at 7.30pm at UnionDocs.

Listening Session Vol.2