What on Earth
Sound can be exploited, even abused. Russian Tatar curator Xenia Benivolski discusses how, since the beginning of the 20th century, sound has acquired more and more attributes through advances in technology, which have allowed for its manipulation by humans to serve their private ends. People have manipulated sound to obtain power, and to steer the opinions and feelings of others. From the songs of nightingales during the Second World War to the “Ghost Tape” recordings used in the Vietnam War, the new, technology-informed production and dissemination of sound came to be shaped by human desires and rapaciousness.