Sound Lectures - Boris Jöns

Daseinszentrum (c) Zsolt Vasarhelyi

Boris Jöns

SOUND LECTURES is an approach of performative attunement, seeking to relate historical literature (the Musar literature corpus) through contemporary speech acts. An artificial intelligence infrastructure, used as a text classification tool provides the building blocks for the transformation of written text into sound.            

The notion of words as acts resonates with Boris’ interest in speech acts. Inspired by Austin’s and Searle’s speech act theories, he sees text comments (below news article or a social media posts) as „expressive and relation-making speech acts“. Commentators use language as acts of praise, insinuation, lecture, concession or dissent. Compared to the small intellectual circles of the period from 1600 - 1800, the internet has certainly potentiated the discursive possibilities, at least in a quantitative way.

As an artistic approach, Boris decided to develop an environment that detects the expressive energy of speech acts and to apply it to generative sound and image production. To convert text into sound.

Friendly Exhortation (c) Boris Jöns
Gehts Noch (c) Rolf Roring
Haushaltsdebatte (c) Münchner Kammerspiele
Igel der Begegnung (c) Raquel Gomez
Restaurant Aussen (c) Markus Saile
Show des Scheiterns (c) Stephie Theodora
What about the commentariat (c) ZK/U

Funding information

MusART is an artist-in-residence program developed by the Emmy Noether Junior Research Group “Jewish Moralistic Writings (Musar) of the Early Modern Period: 1600–1800” and funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

MusART ist ein von Emmy Noether Junior entwickeltes Artist-in-Residence-Programm Forschungsgruppe "Jüdische moralistische Schriften (Musar) der Frühen Neuzeit: 1600–1800“ und gefördert von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).