Main Missions


The laboratory's creation responds to the emerging framework for research in higher arts schools. Its objective is to experiment with the innovative and interdisciplinary forms and sound art practices with regard to the issues of spaces and networks. On the one hand, its mission is to create a body of knowledge and a critical space concerned with audio art practices that are in the midst of an evolution, in the current context of major technological and socio-technical development, and on the other hand to explore the historical context which founded these practices at the crossroads of the fields of music and visual arts (sound installation, sound art, electronic and electroacoustic musical performance, audio art, digital arts, network arts etc.) The Locus Sonus laboratory of research in art has worked, since its launch in 2004, on the reciprocal challenges between spatial audio and network audio. It is available as a post-graduate diploma by a pool of arts schools: ESA Aix in Provence, ENSA in Bourges (since 2010), ENSA Nice Villa Arson (2004/2010), ESBAM Marseille (2007/2008). The laboratory offers work and production processes which methodologically combine practical experimentation with critical evaluation by publishing the work as public art productions. Specialised in spatial and networked sound, Locus Sonus has opened a field of research on the creative territories linked to the interconnection of spaces by the transport of sounds. This investigation engages the intersection of several points of view: the artistic one, through the interrogation of forms and practices of sound art and how they engage the public, the technological one, of artistic experiments on the tools and systems of communication that are rapidly evolving, and as a consequence, the evolution of the creative and social locus generated by sound and technological spaces. The research directions currently engaged concern the fields of ‘sonification’ and hybridisation of the virtual and physical space (New Atlantis), as well as the issues linked to remote listening, in the NMSAT documentary program (The history of sound art and of network music). At the same time, the collective projects elaborated during the last few years continue to develop, such as the Locustream (a live streaming network of open microphones around the world) as well as the interfaces and installations that have flowed on from them (SoundMap,Tardis, etc.). The resources of the laboratory are open and available to researchers and artists.
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c/o École Supérieure d'Art , rue Émile Tavan




Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

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Ministère de la Culture, DRAC PACA, FACE / PUF

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Computer Science