RENEW 2013

The 5th International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology

Riga / October 8 – 11, 2013

"Paradigm Shift" Participants


The role of Sound art as an archiving practice

Session:Paradigm Shift

Panel:Poster session


Venue:Stockholm School of Economics

The discourse around new media art and its relevance in regard to cultural production very often focuses on the visual dimension as the major form of representation, diminishing the relevance of sound. Technological developments of the last century confronted artists with a possibility to add sound to their palette of forms of expression. This paper will offer a closer look at various practices within ‘new media art’ and especially its younger cousin ‘sound art’ which employ sound as a medium capable of registering the here and now, hence having a potential to substantially contribute to the transmission of relevant content across time and the methodology of archiving as such. Sound-walk is one of the forms of expression or transmission that artists have been using to convey their narrative or the narrative of the other in relation to a geographical space. I will argue that Sound-walk – due to its dynamic constitution, employment of walking seen as a reflective practice as well as through the limitation of visual stimuli – can be perceived as a critical tool to address historical narratives, memory and traditional means of commemoration.

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