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Sonitus:  A Sound Studies
University Forum

University of Maine at Farmington

Fall 2012

About the Forum

Sonitus: A Sound Studies University Forum investigates what anthropologist Steven Feld calls "the primacy of sound as a modality of knowing and being in the world."  Consistent with sound's unbounded nature, this forum explores a diversity of perspectives: John Cage's phenomenological 'sounds as themselves’; Josh Kun's idea of audiotopias as "small, momentary, lived utopias built, imagined and sustained through sound, noise, and music"; Liz Phillips' interactive visual soundscapes that respond to and transform wind and water. All of these ways of knowing (and more) will be explored at the forum’s various performances, panels, lectures, and activities. All events are free and open to the public.

            Sonitus is part of the UMF University Forum, and is made possible by the generous support of the University Culture Committee, the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Assistant Provost, Mantor Library, and the Department of Sound, Performance, and Visual Inquiry.               
Liz Phillips’s Biyuu II: An Interactive Sound and Video Installation is made possible by the generous support of the David Bermant Foundation. The UMF Art Gallery is located at 246 Main Street in Farmington, behind the Admissions Office. Gallery hours are Tuesdays – Sundays 12-4 pm and by appointment. For more information or to make an appointment please contact Sarah Maline at or call the Gallery at 207-778-7002.