How can we rethink the modality of music and sound research for social change? What would a praxis model for socially engaged sound ethnography look like?
In her lecture, Wendy Hsu proposes a speculative sound ethnography with the purpose of reimagining new civic possibilities. She contends for an integration of design thinking that offers a paradigm for grounding the social purpose of sound-based research within civic actions. Drawing on digital humanities, design anthropology, and critical design, she unfurls the principles of practice by explicating the relationship between the critical and speculative functions of ethnographic knowledge production. With two community projects and their respective designs, methods, and outcomes, Hsu illustrates two interventionist approaches to sound research while provoking change with urban sounds and engaging with the geographical, social, and economic particularity of communities in Los Angeles.
Wendy Hsu is a researcher, strategist, and educator who engages with hybrid research and organizes agendas for equality in arts, technology, and civic participation. Hsu recently completed the ACLS Public Fellowship at the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, providing research and strategy to augment the department’s digital capacity, relevance, and public engagement. Additionally, Hsu serves on the programming advisory committee for Arts for LA, steering committee for Cultural Research Network, and the Society of Ethnomusicology Council.