INT 185ST/INT 201SC: Sound in Contemporary Practice
Instructor: Laurel Beckman
Friday (Time and Location TBD)
The exploration and creation of sound in art, both as support for other media and as an art-form in itself. This studio-based course will place creative work in the context of contemporary practice and media theory, giving students multiple points of entry to working with, and critically discussing, sound. Through hands-on exercises, readings, and in-class discussion and critique, we will move quickly from production techniques, theoretical and art-historical background to presentation of student artwork and research. The study of sound touches many disciplines, from media art to cultural studies, from linguistics to the history of science and technology, to physics, biology, ecology, psychology and philosophy. As such, this course—while firmly situated as a studio art course—benefits from a wide range of experience and interests. Each meeting will focus on a different aspect of sound, including but not limited to: active listening, attention and cognition, recording and surveillance, performance, signal processing and modulation, sound / image relationships, installation, spatialization, and “non-cochlear” sound—how culture, language, and context shape how we hear, and how we conceptualize sound. Diverse artists and text references may include Lawrence Abu-Hamdan, Maryanne Amacher, Thomas Ashcraft, Joseph Beuys, Augusto Boal, James Lee Byars, John Cage, Isa Genzken, Christine Sun Kim, Pope L., Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Pauline Oliveros, Laura Poitras, Ultra Red, Hildegard Westerkamp, Iannis Xenakis, Cornelius Cardew, Michel Chion, Liz Lerman, Pauline Oliveros, Ultra Red, Pierre Schaeffer, R. Murray Schafer, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Silvan Tomkins, Stuart Hall.