Great Meeting!

Roddy's picture

Thanks everyone for coming last night. Please check out the WIKI pages I created on the right and start building your own. Let's keep the momentum rolling... 



Here are our notes from Group Two from the first sound meeting (sorry so belated):

Some of our areas of interest are summarized in the following questions:

What is the critical potential for sound art?

What are the dominating frames and what can be done to move past it? (or what is missing or underrepresented in these discourses?)

How do you link the phenomenological with the textual in sound discourse? (Maybe Michelle can elaborate on this more)

How can institutions begin to address the presentation of sound art?

Is the term sound art still useful?

Several of us were interested in developing a bibliography and resources for sound in this research group.


Seth Kim-Cohen's picture

I had hoped to get into this a little bit the other night, but perhaps this is a better space for it anyway. I feel that the big issue for sound practice these days is the question of meaning. Sure, sound is cool. We all dig a bit of hairy noise, an ass-rattling low frequency, an exqusitely notch-filtered tone. But do we want to be the quirky cousin in the corner, avoiding interaction with the world? Or do we want to find a way to make sound meaningful in its contexts? As far as I'm concerned, it's a rhetorical question. If sound doesn't or can't interact with the social, the political, the economic; with gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, time, place, etc. then it has no real claim to relevance. In my opinion, something calling itself a "sound working group" ought to start with these questions. If sound art is just an extension of music, in that it aspires to areferntiality and to a spiritual purity apart from the world, then I'm not a sound artist. On the other hand, I don't think that's ever what music was really about. 

"[The] same people who would all ridicule a new art form called, say, 'Steel Art' which was composed of steel sculpture combined with steel guitar music along with anything else with steel in it, somehow have no trouble at all swallowing 'Sound Art'."

-- Max Neuhaus, “Sound Art?” (2000)




where is the "like" button? i can't find it (maybe on this side of the internet things have to be said with written words and not just with clicks).

Maybe you could be interested in working together on the following subgroup:
Narrative / Storytelling ->