Voice and space: The agency of the acousmêtre in spatial design

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The widespread use of mobile telephony prompts a reevaluation of the role of the aural sense in spatial understanding. There are clear correlations between voice and space. The attributes of the voice con- stitute important variables in the way people position themselves in public spaces: to speak, to hear, or to get away from the voice. The voice can connote intimacy, communality, and welcome, but also has the potential for disquiet and disruption, particularly as an unseen acousmêtre, (a term developed in film studies). Spatial design can benefit from an exaggerated consideration of voice, to counteract the primacy already given to the visual field. This chapter examines the relationship between the voice and space in public spaces, and the technologies and practices involved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExploration of Space, Technology and Spatiality: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
EditorsP Turner, S Turner, E Davenport
PublisherInformation Science Reference
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978-1605660202
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2008


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