Conference and Performance Series

sonic.focus.2: theory and practice between sound and image

sonic.focus.2 is a lecture and performance series that examines complementarities and antagonisms between sound and image in contemporary culture. Now in its second year, the first events will take place on Saturday October 20, 2007.

The programs open on Saturday October 20th with talks and performances by Jan Jelinek and Hanno Leichtmann. The discussions will take place at 3 pm at the RISD Museum, Program Gallery, 224 Benefit Street in Providence, RI. Performances will take place at 8 pm at the RISD Tap Room, 226 Benefit Street, Providence, RI. The events will culminate in a series of talks and performances to be held at Brown University / RISD on November 16, 2007 (more specifics soon).

This program is prompted by the emergence over the past decade of an auditory culture that parallels the dominant visual culture. Among the phenomena that signal this emergence are: the increasing presence of sound in visual arts exhibitions and venues; the proliferation of visual and media practices in which sound is central to meaning; and the development of a body of theory that examines the nature, history, and circulation of sound as a useful social or conceptual model.
The aim of the project is to foster a fruitful dialogue among theorists and practitioners working at the intersection of the visual and the sonic arts. November 16th (Pt.2) participants will include Thomas Brinkmann, dj/rupture, Beth Coleman, Scott Pagano and Daniel Perlin (aka DJ N-RON).


sonic.focus.2 hosts

sonic.focus.2 is organized by Tony Cokes and Christoph Cox and sponsored by the Department of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University. The events are hosted by the RISD Museum. Additional support for sonic.focus.2 has been provided by the Malcolm S. Forbes Center for Research in Culture and Media Studies; The C.V. Starr Foundation Lectureships Fund; […]

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