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William Furlong Audio Arts: extraction, construction, abstraction.

Furlong, William (2006) William Furlong Audio Arts: extraction, construction, abstraction. [Show/Exhibition]

Type of Research: Show/Exhibition
Creators: Furlong, William

This exhibition in the Sound Art Museum in Rome, curated by Lucia Farinati, takes its cue from the well known definition of sculpture by Michaelangelo and develops the operative and conceptual premise to Audio Arts as a plastic organism in continual expansion. Such an organism is born (to use the words of Michaelangelo) from the presuppositions of ‘taking away’ and ‘laying on’ and shares many of the characteristics common to such traditional media as painting and sculpture and to the procedures of contemporary visual art: montage, collage, addition, contrast repetition overlapping, realism, abstraction.

This exhibition of sound works aimed to discover to what extent the editing of sound is analogous to the practice of the artist in the studio. Six works were presented or heard from eight loud speakers driven by a digital hard disc player. Opposed to ideas of documentation, the very process of physical and critical editing is analogous to that of the artist in the studio: listening cutting, selecting, splicing, adding, synthesising subtracting and repeating. In Uhms & Aghs, which were removed from the last few years of Furlong’s recorded interviews the fragments of speech are not assembled to convey a linear or clearly defined meaning but rather to create, a succinct audio equivalent to thought outside of language.

A symposium, entitled ACTIVE ARCHIVE was organised by the artist, curator and Sound Art Museum to accompany the exhibition and held at the British School in Rome. Contributors included Daniela Cascella, Lorenzo Benedetti, Mel Gooding, Lucia Fariati and Furlong.

Other Contributors:
CuratorFarinati, Lucia
Official Website: http://www.soundmuseum.net
Your affiliations with UAL: Other Affiliations > RAE 2008
Colleges > Wimbledon College of Arts
Date: 19 October 2006
Related Exhibitions: A related solo exhibition at Plymouth Arts Centre (December 2006 - January 2007) included the works presented in Rome with the addition of ‘Passage of Time’, recorded and presented in Venice and a DVD documenting the artists work for an APG, DHSS project
Event Location: Sound Art Museum, Rome and Plymouth Arts Centre, UK tour
Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
British School at Rome, Italy.19 October 2006
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2009 00:16
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2010 10:40
Item ID: 1847
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/1847

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