Sound in Contemporary Art
Listen, Sound art is having a moment
Go to any cutting edge contemporary art fair, show, Biennale and you will find artists using sound as a medium, as well as the usual more familiar tools of visual artists.
Sound Art is Art which uses sound both as its medium (what it is made out of) and as its subject (what it is about) -Tate art terms
Interested in discussing the role of Sound in IB Art? On January 21 the new page Sound in IB Art will be live.
Making Noise as an art form?
So where does sound art fit in, is it visual art, is it music, is it something else? Taking things out of context, therefor exploring new contexts? Looking at how objects affect each other, reconfiguring relationships? Maybe allowing for the discovery of accidental sounds rather than creating purposeful sound is what makes this art rather than music...open for discussion.
Contemporary Artists working with sound
If you would like to get to know some artists who use sound elements in their work try these two excellent resources
Soundings, at MOMA in 2013, presents 16 contemporary sound artists
12 artists using sound as part of their vocabulary in this article on artnet on Sound artists
Sound is materially invisible but very visceral and emotive. It can define a space at the same time as it triggers a memory -Susan Philipsz
A bit of background on Sound Art
"Sound art dates back to the early inventions of futurist Luigi Russolo who, between 1913 and 1930, built noise machines
Some sound art works invite the audience to selectively participate by putting on headphones, or even, as in the case of the piece by Cevdek Erek on vimeo shown below, to make the sound yourself.
Cevdet Erek invites viewers to recreate the sound of the ocean by rubbing their hands on a piece of carpet.