Saturday, October 3, 2009

Dr Angus Carlyle Paper Abstract

From Afar
This speculative presentation will explore how notions of proximity and distance modulate our experiences of sound, including sound that is the result of artistic intervention. Layering ideas drawn from acoustics and perception over the top of themes emerging from anthropology, philosophy, literature and folklore, the intention is to animate the concept of distance as one that might make a different sense out of the experience of listening.
Distance – geographic distance, temporal distance and cultural distance – might find its mechanical corollary in the 'radio', a term I will understand as an abbreviation for any apparatus that can bring sound from far to near.

Angus Carlyle is a writer, artist and academic. In parallel to a long-standing engagement with contemporary photography, his writing has tackled subjects as diverse as the suicide of Guy Debord and the sense of place experienced by long-distance truck drivers. He edited Autumn Leaves: Sound and Environment in Artistic Practice for Double Entendre and compiled an award-winning album to accompany the book.
His explorations of sound in artistic contexts have involved exhibiting at various galleries, appearing on CDs and performing. He co-curated the Sound Escapes exhibition at Space in London and his first solo CD, Some Memories of Bamboo is released by Gruenrekorder in the Autumn.