Sound Studies Group

This is the Sound Studies Group at the SUSTech School of Design, Shenzhen. It is led by Dr. Qiushi Xu and Dr. Marcel Zaes Sagesser. Our research focuses on sound in relationship with technology, the environment, and human listening. It includes sound technology, sound studies, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), sound design, philosophy of science and technology, spatial audio, interactive audio, and creative media. The output of this team is published in prestigious international journals, at domestic and international conferences, and at international exhibitions and concert halls.

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Marcel Zaes Sagesser

Marcel Zaes Sagesser (also known under the artist name ‘Marcel Zaes’), Assistant Professor of the School of Design at Southern University of Science and Technology, is an artist and researcher working at the intersection of digital media, sound art, technology, and human listening. He holds a PhD in Computer Music and Multimedia from Brown University, and MA degrees in media arts and in music composition from Bern Academy of the Arts and Zurich University of the Arts, respectively. Both his research and his artistic practice focus on the manifold ways in which humans craft their relationships with sounding media technologies. He is the co-director of the Sound Studies Group at SUSTech School of Design. His publications include research on sonic materiality, advanced online user interfaces, human-computer interaction; and his research has been published in venues such as the Designing Interactive Systems conference, the Tangible Embedded Interactions conference, at the International Conference on Design, User Experience and Usability, or at the International Computer Music Conference. His artwork, mostly digital media installations and multimedia performances, have been showcased at Shanghai JiaoTong University, at the UABB Hong Kong Shenzhen Bi City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, at the Hong Kong Arts Center, the Shunde Food Museum, Standford University, Columbia University, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Chicago, at Gallery Fridman New York, at Gray Area San Francisco, at the Biennial of Contemporary Arts Lisbon, at ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, or at the House of Electronic Arts Basel. Marcel received a number of international prizes and acknowledgements for his artwork and his research, among others the Fulbright Fellowship by the United States of America. 

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