Site unseen: perception of place within contemporary sonic arts practices

Bastow, A 2018, Site unseen: perception of place within contemporary sonic arts practices, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Art, RMIT University.


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Title Site unseen: perception of place within contemporary sonic arts practices
Author(s) Bastow, A
Year 2018
Abstract This practice-based research investigates the ability of sound to influence perception of place. It seeks to understand the ways in which sound acts as a modifier of, or as a generator of placial sensing. It acknowledges the academic work undertaken to date in relation to the topic, but identifies that extant academic analysis has been largely informed by cinematic audiovisual practices. This leaves little scope for investigation outside of the immediate field of screen culture, and similarly dictates understanding of creative development within a broader sonic arts practice. With that in mind, this research acknowledges such approaches, and in turn moves to recontextualize them into a broader sonic arts installation practice. This provides a platform for examination of an expanded range of perspectives, with regards to perception and immersion in audiovisual experience.

The research subsequently finds that issues surrounding the offscreen define the keystone of conceptual expansion, and outlines new terminology to aid in doing so. This provides the framework for an expanded definition of placial sensing, arbitrated through sound. Moreover, it identifies sound itself as a virtual place. This is understood as a cognitive intermediary space, post-hearing, and pre-listening. In doing so, it posits perception-as-interpretation as the key actuator of both placial sensing, and greater audiovisual engagement with an artwork.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Art
Subjects Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
Keyword(s) sound
sonic arts
cinema
offscreen
place
installation
site-specific
site-responsive
gallery
perception
audiovisual
soundscape
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