Sound artist and political geographer Anja Kanngieser visited the Netherlands from 19 to 26 February 2020, at the invitation of Sonic Acts, through the Open Call of the International Visitor Programme. During the visit, Kanngieser gave the lecture Listening to Ecocide, part of the conference Magical Thinking: Towards a Future Worth Living.
Anja Kanngieser is a political geographer and sound artist based in Wollongong, Australia, who creatively investigates space and politics. Kanngieser's work begins with the premise of sound as a constant, a phenomenon that is always present – whether heard, felt, or sensed by human or non-human species and technologies. Their most current projects use testimony, field recording and data sonification to document and amplify social justice responses to the effects of climate change in the Pacific.
In their first book, Experimental Politics and the Making of Worlds (2013), Kanngieser opens up communication between urban groups to find common sites for protest around precarious living and working conditions, migration and higher education. Research interests include labour practices in China, sound technologies for mapping movement and micro radio in Japanese urban politics. In their most recent project, Climates of Listening, community-oriented social justice responses to climate change in the Pacific are amplified. A Vice Chancellors Fellow at the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research at the University of Wollongong, Australia, Kanngiese's writing is widely published and they are an editorial board member of journal Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.