By Seth Kim-Cohen
An ear-opening reassessment of sonic paintings from international struggle II to the current
Marcel Duchamp famously championed a "non-retinal" visible artwork, rejecting judgments of flavor and sweetness. within the Blink of an Ear is the 1st publication to invite why the sonic arts didn't adventure a parallel flip towards a non-cochlear sonic paintings, imagined as either a reaction and a supplement to Duchamp's conceptualism. instead of deal with sound paintings as an inventive perform unto itself-or because the undesirable baby of music-artist and theorist Seth Kim-Cohen relates the post-War sonic arts to contemporaneous events within the gallery arts. making use of key rules from poststructuralism, deconstruction, and paintings historical past, within the Blink of an Ear means that the sonic arts were topic to a similar cultural pressures that experience formed minimalism, conceptualism, appropriation, and relational aesthetics. Sonic perform and thought have downplayed - or, in lots of instances, thoroughly rejected - the de-formalization of the art and its simultaneous animation within the conceptual realm.
Starting in 1948, the simultaneous examples of John Cage and Pierre Schaeffer initiated a sonic theory-in-practice, fusing clement Greenberg's media-specificity with a phenomenological emphasis on conception. as a result, the "sound-in-itself" tendency has develop into the dominant paradigm for the construction and reception of sound artwork. Engaged with serious texts through Jacques Derrida, Rosalind Krauss, Friedrich Kittler, Jean François Lyotard, and Jacques Attali, between others, Seth Kim-Cohen convincingly argues for a reassessment of the fast heritage of sound artwork, rejecting sound-in-itself in desire of a studying of sound's extended scenario and its uncontainable textuality. while, this crucial e-book establishes the rules for a nascent non-cochlear sonic perform, embracing the inevitable interplay of sound with the social, the linguistic, the philosophical, the political, and the technological.
Artists mentioned comprise:
La Monte Young
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