The self-coined term sonic manspreading operates as a research concept that has helped to signal and acknowledge the noisy and occupational wide-horizontal space that sticks to masculinity. Typically, western theories on gender performativity are focussed on the visual: anatomy, clothes, accessories, bodily movement, hair, etc. Alternatively, sonic manspreading investigates the spatial sonic manifestations of gender performativity. From a bottom-up and acoustic perspective, it focusses on the space-taking Eurocentric and colonial construction of masculinity that dominates and oppresses on a global scale. As term-of-departure it has moved through various projects: community-based work, performances, audio works, installations, and my writing practice.
Sonic ManspreadingLuca Soudant