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Bringing Forth a World: Sound and Audiovisual Installation as a Process of Cognition

Teresa Marie Connors

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The motivation behind this paper stems from my practice as a composer and my research as a PhD candidate at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. The majority of artefacts that result from this research are collaborative works of sound and audiovisual installations which explore new relationships from an ecological perspective. In this context, the term ecological refers to the philosophical school of thought that believes the world to be a network of interconnected and interdependent phenomena. The work initiated by Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela’s Santiago Theory of Cognition has been a primary source in contextualizing my practice. In addition, Andrew Pickering’s notion of the dance of agency, and Timothy Morton’s concept of the hyperobject further this discussion. This paper presents these theories in the context of a creative practice that aims to engage with ontological considerations of interconnectedness. It investigates the interrelationships between living and non-living systems as process and structure, and their artistic potential for an empathic discourse by extending our human identity to include the larger biosphere.

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