The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Western Art examines, under one umbrella, different kinds of analogies, mutual influences, integrations and collaborations of audio and visual in different art forms. The book represents state-of-the-art case studies with key figures of modern thinking constituting a foundation for discussion. It thus emphasizes avant-garde and experimental tendencies, while analyzing them in historical, theoretical, and critical frameworks.
The book is organized around three core thematic sections. The first, Sights and Sounds, concentrates on the interaction between the experience of seeing and the experience of hearing. Examples of painting, classic and digital animation, video art, choreography, and music performance are examined in this section. Sound, Space, and Matter explores experimental forms emanating from the expansion of the concepts of music and space to include environmental sounds, vibrating frequencies, silence, language, human habitats, the human body, and more. The reader will find here an analysis of different manifestations of this aesthetic shift in sound art, fine art, contemporary dance, multimedia theatre, and cinema. The last section, Performance, Performativity, and Text, shows how new light shed by modernism and the avant-garde on the performative aspect of music have led it - together with sound, voice, and text - to become active in new ways in postmodern and contemporary art creation. In addition to examples of real-time performing arts such as music theatre, experimental theatre, and dance, it includes case studies that demonstrate performativity in fine art, visual poetry, short film, and cinema.
Sitting at the cutting edge of the field of music and visual arts, the book offers a unique, at times controversial view of this rapidly evolving area of study. Artists, curators, students and scholars will find here a panoramic view of cutting-edge discourse in the field, by an international roster of scholars and practitioners.
About the Author
Yael Kaduri is a musicologist who teaches in the History and Theory Department of Bezalel University and in the Cinema and TV Arts Department of Sapir College.
Table of Contents
1. Yael Kaduri - Introduction: Audiovisual Spaces of Physical Comprehension
Section I. Sights & Sounds
2. Judith Zilczer - American Rhapsody: From Modern to Post-Modern in Visual Music
3. Ruth HaCohen - Between Generation and Suspension: Two Modern Audiovisual Modes
4. Bret Battey and Rajmil (Yerach) Fischman - Convergence of Time and Space: A Composer's Perspective
5. Jean-Baptiste Barrière and Aleksi Barrière - When Music Unfolds into Image: Conceiving Visual Concerts for Kaija Saariaho's Works
6. Cornelia Lund - Sculpting Image and Sound: On Herman Kolgen's Audiovisual Projects
7. Nicholas Cook - Hearing Gould, Seeing Music
8. Rachel Duerden - Choreo-Musical Relationships in Mark Morris's "All Fours" (2003)
Section II. Sound, Space & Matter
9. Nicholas Till - "Sound Houses": Music, Architecture and the Postmodern Sonic
10. Julia Kursell and Armin Schäfer - Microsound and Macrocosm: Gérard Grisey's Explorations of Musical Sound and Space
11. Mirjam Schaub - The Affective Experience of Space: Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller
12. Petra Maria Meyer - Sound, Image, Dance and Space in Intermedial Theatre: Past and Present
13. Enrico Pitozzi - Body Soundscape: Perception, Movement and Audiovisual in Contemporary Dance
14. Randolph Jordan - Acoustical Properties: Practicing Contested Spaces in the Films of Philippe Grandrieux
15. Dieter Daniels - Silence and Void: Aesthetics of Absence in Space and Time
Section III. Performance, Performativity & Text
16. Björn Heile - Towards a Theory of Experimental Music Theatre: "Showing-Doing," "Non-Matrixed Performance," and "Metaxis"
17. Gabriele Brandstetter - Showing Dance: Lecture Performances in Dance since the 1990s
18. Simon Shaw-Miller - Object and Idea: Music in the Art of Kandinsky, Duchamp, Paik and Marclay
19. Gabriele Jutz - Audiovisual Aesthetics in Contemporary Experimental Cinema
20. Endre Szkárosi -The Spatial Expansion of Language in Hungarian Poetry in the Last Decades of the 20th Century
21. Valentina Valentini - The Dramaturgy of Sound and Vocality in the Theatre of Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio
22. John Richardson - Between Speech, Music and Sound: the Voice, Flow and the Aestheticizing Impulse in Audiovisual Media