ARTS 281(F) Sound and Site

"A sound is the material and form of its source manifested in vibration," writes sound artist Justin Bennett. Because sound is created from the physical vibration of things, it has a special relationship to place. This course examines work by sound, film and video artists who interrogate the way sound reveals and transforms a site. Readings from Michel Chion, Kaja Silverman, Roland Barthes, Friedrich Kittler, and others on theories of sound and cinema, audio recording, sound art, and acoustic perception, will form a basis for class discussion, along with explorations of work by artists. Students will create audio and video sketches that engage with the themes of the course. Evaluation will be based on the quality of work produced and engagement in class discussions and critiques. Prerequisites are Drawing I or Music 101. Enrollment limit: 10 (expected: 10).