Thursday, May 8, 7 PM
The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
952 Queen St. West
MOCCA, The Joan & Martin Goldfarb Summer Institute in Visual Arts, the Graduate Program in Visual Arts, the Graduate Program in Art History & Visual Culture and the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University
SOUND LEADS ELSEWHERE
"Sound" has definitely arrived in the arts, in sound art and sound studies, but is it a destination? A potent means for accessing and understanding the world, it works best when it leads away from itself. John Cage opened music up to sound; it is important to keep going and open sound to energies. Sound is but one physical energy among others and, as such, relates to vernacular appeals long made by artists and musicians, to the signals coursing through media for over a century and a half, and to the pervasive energy systems of the earth.
Douglas Kahn is Australian Research Council Fellow and Professor of Media and Innovation at the National Institute of Experimental Arts (NIEA), College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney. He is an historical theorist of media, science and the arts, from the late-19th Century to the present, with emphasis on the traditions of the avant-garde and experimentalism. He is author of Noise Water Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts (MIT Press, 1999) and Earth Sound Earth Signal: Energies and Earth Magnitude in the Arts (University of California Press, 2013), and co-editor with Larry Austin of Source: Music of the Avant-garde (University of California Press, 2011); and with Hannah Higgins of Mainframe Experimentalism: Early Computing and the Foundations of the Digital Arts (University of California Press, 2012).
The 2014 Joan and Martin Goldfarb Summer Institute is titled Sonic Praxis in X Actions and takes as its primary interest sound and sound art, especially as it has unfolded in and around the visual arts, its discourses, and institutions during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Themes to be explored in this intensive three-week graduate course include: the challenges sound and sound art pose to “the visual arts” and visual culture more broadly as well as the opportunities emerging out of these; the materialities of sound and the role the latter might play within emergent speculative thought; and modes of intuiting novel political orientations through sonic practices. In addition, the course will consider sound as one means of navigating transdisciplinary vectors that cut across the domains of art, science, and technology. Taking its cue from a range of mid twentieth-century propositions associated with the artistic avant-garde, the course will be structured through a series of on- and off-campus “actions” that will allow students to consider these themes at the seminar table, in the studio, on the street, and in the gallery.
For more information, please contact MOCCA: firstname.lastname@example.org or (416) 395-0067.