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Sonic Enclosures

  • Author(s): Burnett, John
  • Advisor(s): Rosenberger, Katharina
  • et al.
Abstract

Through the emergence of mass data collection, individuals consciously and unconsciously feed a continuous stream of data into databases which aggregate the information from all of its users and simultaneously use it to modulate their behavior – extending the disciplines of sovereignty into societies of control. The feature which differentiates this environment from capitalism in the early twentieth century is its encoding of the subject into several of these enclosures simultaneously, as several

corporate and government entities have their own distinct data representations of any given individual. My installation work enclosures attempts to simulate such a system of control through technological mediation and explorations of sonic affect. This thesis examines the ways in which enclosures technologically and affectively embodies societies of control in addition to drawing on the work of Steve Goodman and Joanna Demers to explore various features of the installation.

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