Silent Buzz of the Schizzes: The Research Unit as a Sonic Desiring-Machine (sound work)

Taina Riikonen

conference: DARE 2015: the dark precursor
date: November 9, 2015
venue: De Bijloke Music Center, Bibliotheek
format: keynote
practice: music and sound
keywords: desiring-machine, sound installation, university

abstract video about the author(s)


Silent Buzz of the Schizzes: The Research Unit as a Sonic Desiring-Machine (2015) is a sound installation that explores sonic registers, flows, codes, and interruptions of silent sounds in the realm of academic research and the hallways of Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies. At the current time of crisis for universities (considering funding, etc.), the increasing demand for spectacular, efficient, and pretentious performances has entered researchers’ rooms. This sound installation investigates the potential counter-power to this demand in terms of the Deleuze-Guattarian concept of the “desiring-machine.” Both the recorded sounds and the treatment of them aim to embody the idea of a research collective as a particular system of interruptions.


about the author(s)

Taina Riikonen

Taina Riikonen (PhD) is a sound artist who explores diverse sonic frequencies through recording, sound making, and writing. In her sound works she often investigates body sounds, machine sounds, and urban environmental sounds. Riikonen’s writing touches the practice of recording, sensing sounds, artistic research, and the autoerotic aspects of listening. At the moment Riikonen works at the Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies as a postdoctoral fellow in the arts.

info & contact


University of the Arts, Helsinki, FI


taina.riikonen [AT]