In the Blink of an Ear: Toward a Non-Cochlear Sound Art / Edition 1

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Overview

In The Blink of an Ear argues for a reassessment of the short history of sound art, rejecting the tendency toward sound-in-itself in favour of a reading of sound's expanded situation and its uncontainable textuality.

It has been nearly a century since Marcel Duchamp famously proposed a 'non-retinal' visual art, rejecting judgments of taste and beauty. In The Blink of an Ear asks why the sonic arts did not experience a parallel turn toward a non-cochlear sonic art, imagined as both a response and a complement to Duchamp's conceptualism. Rather than treat sound art as an artistic practice unto itself, or as the unwanted child of music, this matter relates the post-War sonic arts to contemporaneous movements in the gallery arts.

Key ideas from art history, poststructuralism and deconstruction are leveraged to suggest that the sonic arts have been subject to the same cultural pressures that have shaped the most important post-war movements in the gallery arts: Minimalism, conceptualism, appropriation and relational aesthetics. Sonic practice and theory have downplayed - or, in many cases, completely rejected - the de-formalization of the artwork and its simultaneous animation in the conceptual realm. In The Blink of an Ear dismantles this history, looking at important instances of the sonic arts over the past six decades and establishing the principles for contemporary non-cochlear sonic practice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826429711
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 267
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Seth Kim-Cohen works at the nexus of conceptualism and sound. An academic and an artist, he makes as little distinction between the two activities as he can get away with. He has taught art history at Yale University and Pratt Institute and presented his artwork at venues spanning the cultural spectrum from CBGBs to Tate Modern. His writing has been published in magazines, newspapers, and journals in the Europe, the U.K. and the U.S. His previous book, One Reason To Live, was published in 2006 by Errant Bodies press. More at www.kim-cohen.com

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Table of Contents

i Introduction

ii Noise and Its Opposite

iii Sectarianism in the Sensorium

iv Settling the Score

v The Technological Ontological

vi Rock and Roll Aesthetics

vii The Blink of an Ear

viii Postscript: A Tentative Definition of Sound Art

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