One of our first briefs on the MA is a collaborative curatorial project, with a broad theme of Sound.
If you’d have asked me a couple of years ago, I’d have said I didn’t “get” sound art. More recently I’ve seen / heard more sound artworks and gained a greater appreciation. I’ve found many to be evocative, moving or amusing! But particularly moving. Sound is immediate in engaging emotions and memories. Many pieces also have a strong visual element, often with film. I’m including audio-visual artworks, where the work sound is a (or the) prominent element.
I’m interested in work that presents visual representations of sound and in ways of making audio work accessible to deaf and hearing impaired people, whether via transcripts or more creative means.
Sound art I’ve experienced recently
- Shoddy, 2016: Katy White, Kicking Up a Dust and Of the Soft Kind
Gemma Nash, A Womb With A View
- Suzanne Lacy, The Circle and The Square (2016) – pictured above. Northlight, Briefield. 15 – 23 September 2017.
- Lawrence Abu Hamdan (2016) Rubber Coated Steel [HD Video]. In the exhibition Full Scale: Art’s Use in the Real World, Gallery II, University of Bradford. 22 September – 8 December 2017.
Visual representation of forensic analysis of gunshots.
- Christine Sun Kim
Deaf US artist, resolving to be empowered rather than disempowered by sound. Spoke via video link at Awkward Bastards conference 2016.
- Samson Young, One of Two Stories, or Both (Field Bagatelles) at the Chinese Centre for Contemporary Art, Manchester. 7 July – 29 October 2017.
12 Sound Artists Changing Your Perception of Art on ArtsNet
With a possible trip to Berlin on the horizon, we find that the city is at the forefront of sound art experimentation.