Reading Group Propagating Sound

November 12, 2014, 6:00PM

20 Ames Street, Bldg. E15
Cambridge MA 02139

To explore deeply the ideas embedded in Open Tunings, join List Curatorial Fellow Jeff De Blois and List Curator Henriette Huldisch for a reading and discussion group examining the use of sound in recent installations.

Since roughly the 1980s, sound as a medium has been employed increasingly in exhibitions at visual arts institutions. Indeed, in 2014 alone, the List Visual Arts Center has presented three installations involving sound: Hourly Directional: Helen Mirra & Ernst Karel, List Projects: Sergei Tcherepnin (on view at the List until October 19), and Open Tunings (on view from October 10, 2014 through January 5, 2015). The recent attention given to sound in exhibitions at various institutions has been matched by the increasing number of anthologies and theoretical texts examining the diverse phenomena of sound in contemporary culture. Open Tunings takes into account several of these phenomena, seeking to provide an experimental platform to explore the various ways in which sound and performance can inhabit the exhibition space. Held in conjunction with the exhibition, this reading and discussion group will probe its theoretical underpinnings as well as the possibility of developing both an aesthetics of listening and an awareness of the importance of sound in the visual arts.

Advanced registration is required. To register for this event, please email Jeff De Blois.  All reading materials will be sent electronically in advance of the session.

For more information, contact:

Jeff De Blois
[617] 617-253-9477

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