VISUAL ART AND ART HISTORY ∞ FACULTY OF FINE ARTS ∞ YORK UNIVERSITY
ARTH / VISA 6020 (3.0) SONIC PRAXIS IN X ACTIONS
COURSE DIRECTORS: LESLIE KORRICK & MARC COUROUX
5-23 MAY 2014
This intensive summer graduate course takes as its primary interest sound and sound art, especially as it has unfolded in and around the visual arts, its discourses, and institutions during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Themes to be explored include: the challenges sound and sound art pose to “the visual arts” and visual culture more broadly as well as the opportunities emerging out of these; the materialities of sound and the role the latter might play within emergent speculative thought; and modes of intuiting novel political orientations through sonic practices. In addition, the course will consider sound as one means of navigating transdisciplinary vectors that cut across the domains of art, science, and technology. Taking its cue from a range of mid twentieth-century propositions associated with the artistic avant-garde, the course will be structured through a series of on- and off-campus “actions” that will allow students to consider these themes at the seminar table, in the studio, on the street, and in the gallery.
Course content will be investigated through readings and round-table discussions, various in-class exercises, first-hand engagement with works of art, a field recording workshop on listening practices, a charrette on curating sound, field trips, and a performance at the Music Gallery. There will also be a public lecture and panel designed to augment course content. Students will be encouraged to take all that is presented and respond to/work with it in ways that support their own particular interests.
The course will be co-taught by York professors MARC COUROUX and LESLIE KORRICK in collaboration with historians, artists, and curators. Among these, students will have an opportunity to work closely with scholar DOUGLAS KAHN, Professor of Media and Innovation at the National Institute of Experimental Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney; sound artist HONG-KAI WANG, artist and Ph.D. candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna; and TRINE FRIIS SØRENSEN, independent curator and Ph.D. Fellow at the LARM Audio Research Archive, Copenhagen.