Sonic Imagination in Sculpture: Medieval and Modern

Institute Seminar
17th February 2016
Henry Moore Institute Seminar Room, 2-5pm

Jessica Barker and Irene Noy
The face of an effigy (Margaret Holland, c. 1440) emerging through white noise
Photo collage

Courtesy Jessica Barker and Irene Noy

How do sculptures and installations invite our sonic sensitivity, and do they do so in ways that are distinct from other genres of artwork? In what ways do sculptures 'speak' and do they invite us to listen, or to reply?

Dr Jessica Barker (HMF Post-Doctoral Fellow, Courtauld Institute of Art), working on tomb sculpture and experience in medieval Europe and Dr Irene Noy (Sackler Research Forum Post-Doctoral Fellow), specialising in Sound Art from the 1960s to 1980s, will each give a paper examining a different facet of sonic imagination in sculpture. Following this will be a panel discussion with respondents Prof. Nigel Llewellyn (independent) and Dr Johanna Hällsten (University of Loughborough).