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Talk to the machine: listening to smart spaces



This lecture will tackle themes of listening and sensory agency in everyday spaces that are affected or produced by code. We will examine issues of sensory experience, attention and distraction in relation to different kinds of media technologies and machine listening.


Meri Kytö is a senior researcher and an adjunct professor in auditory culture studies at the University of Eastern Finland. Her publications have tackled sonic domestication, articulations of acoustic privacy, soundscapes of political protest, busking, football fans and public libraries. She is part of the Academy of Finland funded research project Auditory Cultures, Mediated Sounds and Constructed Spaces, researching people’s experiences, perceptions and actions in urban and commercial environments especially regarding background musics. Currently she’s also writing on sensory agency and technology, working on a book manuscript on cochlear implants as soundscape arrangers. Meri's website is: