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Staging Sound

Staging Sound

David Cunningham, Lina Dzuverovic, Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner)
Wednesday 23 April 2008, 7 pm
BRLSI, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath

Presented by Contemporary Art Talks Programme

When recently asked what made the use of sound so appealing for him, the artist Christian Marclay replied that it was its connection to the instant.* This comment seems to go immediately to the heart of the question about the appeal and use of sound in contemporary art - it's immediacy and its connection with the temporal. On the one hand, sound might be a way of accessing a broad affective field and on the other, a way of refusing easy access to the affective nature of the experience but this all unfolds within the moment.

This forum asks a panel of artists and a curator to consider what it is that makes sound so appealing to artists and audiences? Is it the immediacy of sound and the way in which it is connected to the present moment (of hearing/listening)? Or is it the different ways in which sound can access audiences that is its special appeal? Its potential for shared authorship and audience participation? And finally, has the spread of interactive gaming and digital technologies opened up more of a freeform attitude to making music / sound / noise?

(* Christian Marclay, Tate/Art Monthly Talking Art series, 24 November 2007)