From the very beginning, ideas about space, spatiality, and concepts around perception and awareness have been central to the development of 4DSOUND – as a technology, as an artistic medium, and as a set of principles for exploring the nature of sound in new ways.
Sound is not only a medium through which we perceive the nature of space, but also a direct way of expressing our ideas, feelings and state within, and through, space. It could even be argued that "sound" is "space" and vice versa at the very least, we suggest they inform each other at a fundamental level.
4DSOUND’s creative director John Connell will discuss the collective’s plans to explore this topic through a hypothesis: that spatial sound represents a key evolutionary step, with the potential to influence a range of areas spanning new opportunities for artistic expression, to heightened awareness and even cognitive development.
John Connell is a Berlin-based composer and media theorist with a deep interest in the way technology and media can alter perception, affecting the formation of our personal and social constructs both positively and adversely. His central focus is listening as a practice in itself: how our ability to listen opens up new levels of awareness about space, both the external and the internal, and the implications raised for art forms and social interactions.