The symposium brings scholars and artists from a wide range of practices in sound art and sound studies together with researchers in other disciplines. The format is that of a small-scale conference, with presentations and discussions of concrete matters of submitted audio papers.
Following on from a series of laboratories at the Inter Arts Center, this symposium widens the perspective on the novel practice of making audio papers by inviting two keynote speakers who represent adjacent and parallel developments in film studies and sound art, Miklós Kiss and Svetlana Maraš.
In an audio paper, artistic creation is not divided from observation and analysis but rather, as suggested by Tim Ingold, looking at novel practices in anthropology “we join with things in the very processes of their formation and dissolution” (Ingold, 2011, p. 2). Such joining of e.g. artistic materials, field recordings and sound collages with theoretical reflections and analysis can be observed in the emerging field of video essays in film studies, discussed in a recent book by Miklós Kiss (2016).
With a starting point in the “medium-specific means of audiovisual conduct” the book traces the possibilities for integrating an “explanatorily argumentative mode of inquiry” (Kiss, 2016, n.p.) in the emerging practice of the video essay. Svetlana Maraš is a composer and sound artist whose work is characterized by a strong relation to text and the human voice. In a discussion of her application of cut-up techniques used in many of her works, she says “text is so versatile on its own. To treat it by musical means always gives me the impression that I’m working with something almost solid and physical like an object, a sculpture” (Helmcke, 2016, n.p.). We believe that the method development and the conceptual frameworks contributed by the two keynote speakers will constitute an important contribution to the symposium and to the further development of formats and methods in the practice of making audio papers.
Read the programme here: program_audio paper symposium