Glasgow international

Marie Thompson

Noise, mediation, reproduction


Noise is a phenomenon that has fascinated artists and theorists alike. Its ethical and political affordances have made it an attractive metaphor for struggle, refusal and transformation; while its myriad of associated sonic effects have been central to much twentieth- and twenty-first century creative practice.

In this workshop, we will map the notion of noise and its connections with two related concepts: mediation and reproduction. We will consider what alternative histories, practices and politics these relationships reveal and the implications they hold for understanding sonic aesthetics and technics. Furthermore, we will explore how noise, mediation and reproduction shape and are shaped by histories of femininity and feminized labour, asking how and what the relationships between noise, mediation and reproduction reveal about the gendered and materialist politics of sound.

Marie Thompson is a researcher and educator based in Nottingham, UK. Her work examines the affective, material and gendered dimensions of sound, noise and music. Marie teaches in the University of Lincoln’s School of Film and Media. She is the author of Beyond Unwanted Sound: Noise, Affect and Aesthetic Moralism (Bloomsbury, 2017) and co-editor of Sound, Music, Affect: Theorizing Sonic Experience (Bloomsbury, 2013). Her current work includes Sonic Cyberfeminisms, an on-going collaborative project with Annie Goh that critically interrogates the relationship between gender, technology and sound. She is also developing research around the relationship between sonic and social reproduction.

All welcome.

Free, booking required. Please email to book and to discuss any access requirements.


Sat 5 May, 2-5pm

Fully accessible, including parking and accessible toilets. Please note that wheelchair access is via Granville Street entrance.

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