“Perception is a Form of Sampling”: Christoph Cox on Materialities of Sound

To have a notion of justice means to have a notion of justice that is not entirely subject specific.”

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In this installment in our mini-series focused on sound, media, and art, Caitlin Woolsey speaks with Christoph Cox, professor of philosophy and dean of the faculty at Hampshire College. Christoph writes on aesthetics, theories of sound, and cultural theory. In this conversation he describes his transdisciplinary academic path, how he views music writing as a kind of fieldwork, and a current collaborative project on sampling. Finally, Christoph reflects on the ethical implications of how we think about the nature of sound as object, as materiality, and as a perennial flow. 


Christoph Cox is a philosopher, critic, and curator of visual and sonic art. He teaches modern and contemporary philosophy and art theory at Hampshire College, where he also serves as vice president for academic affairs and as the dean of faculty. He is the author of Sonic Flux: Sound, Art, and Metaphysics (University of Chicago Press, 2018) and Nietzsche: Naturalism and Interpretation (University of California Press, 1999), and co-editor of Realism Materialism Art (Sternberg, 2015) and Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music (Continuum, 2004/2017). Christoph is editor-at-large at Cabinet magazine and his writing has appeared in October, Artforum, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Journal of Visual Culture, Organised Sound, and elsewhere. He has curated exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Kitchen, CONTEXT Art Miami, New Langton Arts, G Fine Art Gallery, and other venues. 

This conversation was recorded on October 1, 2020. 

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