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Jürgen Habermas’ famous definition of the public sphere (which is not a trans-historical definition insofar as it refers to the bourgeois public sphere in the eighteenth century as an ideal type) can be summarized as follows: it is a public place of communication in which people meet and deliberate over matters of common concern. Evolving since the fourteenth century, it crystallized in the eighteenth century in face-to-face meetings in coffee houses and public squares as well as in the media and cultural spaces.
The Sound, Vision, Action International Colloquium was held from November 14 to November 15 at the McCord Museum in Montreal. It aimed to put contemporary art and scholarship in sound studies and visual culture in direct dialogue around questions of power and politics. The following is a summary of #SVA2014 in pictures.
Introduction by Jonathan Sterne and Nick Mirzoeff