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Politics of Participation in Benoît Maubrey’s Speaker Sculptures

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Speaker Sculptures is a series of works by Benoît Maubrey, created in 1983–2015. All of them are large-scale architecture-like constructions (often modeled after existing historical buildings or building types) built of recycled loudspeakers. The public could connect to the work by calling a designated number, or using Bluetooth or WiFi technologies, and express themselves freely through the sculpture. In my paper, I investigate the strategies of audience engagement the Maubrey employs and their applicability to the acoustic design of urban spaces. Through their numerous loudspeakers, Speaker Sculptures connect the public space to the electronic media, subverting their antagonism and creating a single space of social interactions. This offers a possibility of political presence in public space to those, who are unable to do so in person due to physical or mental disabilities, or other personal circumstances.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Invisible Places : Sound, Urbanism and Sense of Place, Proceedings
EditorsRaquel Castro, Miguel Carvalhais
Publication year2018
ISBN (Electronic)978-989-746-129-3
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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