This essay in a peer-reviewed international journal, published by the Association of Art Historians of Canada, was written to address the prominence of sound in installation art of the 1990s. The essay takes as its starting point a complex installation of images, objects and sounds created by the Glaswegian-Ghanaian artist, Maud Sulter, for the Harris Museum in Preston, and reinstalled, with slight variations, at other venues.
Based on detailed research in archives and collections, the essay considers the inter-relations between the various components of the installation, and through comparison with other contemporaneous installation pieces by artists including Cornelia Parker, Mona Hatoum and Chila Kumari Burman, it offers an innovative analysis of the ways in which sound shapes the perceptions and experience of the beholders of art, interacting with the physical and material properties of the spaces of installation. Taking issue with more recent theories of participation and social action, the essay argued that through sound, beholders enter the work of art, becoming complicit in it, whether they wish to or not. Moreover, the essay also challenges recent debates about sound in art, providing an rigorously analytical and innovative analysis of sound’s supplementarity to vision, founded on a reading of Derrida’s 'Restitutions', to argue that sound both adds to and displaces the visual experience, unsettling and even undoing ocular forms of perception.
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Deborah Cherry: Current Research
I am Associate Director of TrAIN, the research centre for the practice and study of transnational art, identity and nation. I am also a co-director of Critical Curating, a research network and project established between Central Saint Martins, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the University of Sussex which is investigating the nature of curating both contemporary art and historical art and design, and the place of curating in research.
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Research Centres/Networks > Transnational Art Identity and Nation (TrAIN)|
Colleges > Chelsea College of Art and Design
|Date:||01 June 2001|
|Funders:||Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.|
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|Deposited On:||04 Dec 2009 00:08|
|Last Modified:||23 Aug 2010 16:27|