[-empyre-] Tuesday, 17th: Sound Art and Its Cultural Context
kevin at lux.ca
Wed Jun 18 23:12:33 EST 2014
And sorry for the lateness of my posting.
My interest in cross-cultural difference brought me to the current glut
of websites that gather soundmaps and field recordings around the world
has continued the trajectory from the 1960's pioneers of acoustic
ecology. At the same time that it provides more opportunity to share
eccentric or personal mappings of local place, I am interested in the
exploration of cultures outside of the sound collector's, that is in
effect their tourist snapshots of place, a familiar exoticizing occurs.
Although the intentions of these global tourists, collectors and in some
cases sound artists may be honorable and empathetic towards the cultures
they are traveling in, is it possible for these projects to express and
reflect on the complexities of Othering, and power relationships through
the recording? And as much as the listening process can broken down into
wavelengths, signal and noise, I think the interpretation of sound is
importantly a culturally learned process. So does this not invite the
same issues of exoticism, and Othering in the presentation of
cross-cultural work? I'm also interested in how a new global
consciousnesstowards the environment in part through the internet has
affected the reception and status of the soundscape.
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