‘The word has turn’ by Kevin Logan in Emotion, Space and Society Journal

The word has turn by Kevin Logan, featured in a special edition of Emotion, Space and Society Journal titled Geographies of Sound.


Emotion, Space and Society

Geographies of Sound

August 2016, Volume20

Guest Edited by Karolina Doughty, Michelle Duffy and Theresa Harada.

Available online: www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/17554586/20 


The word has turn by Kevin Logan

This article positions and expands my ongoing research. This research has emerged from a cross-disciplinary practice; its purpose is to posit an intrinsic ’performativity’ of the sonic within a contemporary art framework, offering new ground for an understanding of the agency of audio-works. This paper comprises a short artist statement, describing and critically situating the incorporated performative writing. The ’sonic-turn’ has in recent years gained considerable purchase within broad-field humanities and contemporary art practices. This writing seeks to ally this model for theorization with a somewhat earlier conceptual paradigm, that of the ’performative-turn’. I suggest that his superimposition of the so-called ’sonic-turn’ onto that of the ’performative-turn’ does not merely draw attention to their close similarities, but also identifies the negative spaces and cavities left by disparity, or simple differences of form. It is this liminal space where affect, feeling, and emotion engages the quotidian through the sonic-event.


About Emotion, Space and Society Journal

Emotion, Space and Society aims to provide a forum for interdisciplinary debate on theoretically informed research on the emotional intersections between people and places. These aims are broadly conceived to encourage investigations of feelings and affect in various spatial and social contexts, environments and landscapes. Questions of emotion are relevant to several different disciplines, and the editors welcome submissions from across the full spectrum of the humanities and social sciences. The journal’s editorial and presentational structure and style will demonstrate the richness generated by an interdisciplinary engagement with emotions and affects. Submissions will investigate the multiplicity of spaces and places that produce and are produced by emotional and affective life, representing an inclusive range of theoretical and methodological engagements with emotion as a social, cultural and spatial phenomenon. This journal represents a unique and timely opportunity to explore exciting new ways to think about natures, cultures and histories of emotional life.