Sound – Noise – Music- Silence


Anthropological approaches to sound and aesthetics

Music as an eminently self-referential sign system has been incorporating non-musical elements for over a century (such as noise, pre-recorded and processed sound material, silence, field recordings) in the attempt to include reality, rather than to plainly represent, depict and describe it. We will sketch a distinction between sound and music within contemporary artistic practice, through the anthropological approaches of sound and the predominant aesthetic theories, investigating the artistic intention together with modes of public perception.


Dana Papachristou is a musician (piano/composition), musicologist (EKPA), and joint phd candidate (Paris VIII – Vincennes / Ionian University – dept. of Audio Visual Arts) on New Media Aesthetics. She has participated in several conferences, exhibitions and workshops.

Giorgos Samantas is an anthropologist specialised in sound. (Aegean University, MA Visual Anthopology, Univ. of Manchester). He has participated in several conferences, exhibitions and workshops. He is using sound as a medium of anthropological enquiry and expression (in documentary and sound-works)

Supported by DAAD Programme: Partnerships with Greek Institutions of Higher Education 2014 – 2016 / A Cooperation between the Academy of Fine Art Munich (ADBK) and the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA).