Exploring the experience of a place through the visual representation of aural presence

Linnell, L 2010, Exploring the experience of a place through the visual representation of aural presence, Masters by Research, Art, RMIT University.

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Title Exploring the experience of a place through the visual representation of aural presence
Author(s) Linnell, L
Year 2010
Abstract Sound is an essential element of how an environment is experienced. While sound may not be directly perceived, it can be intrinsic to a person’s perception of the atmosphere or ambience of a location. Methods exist for translating recorded sound into sound-images. I made visual artworks related to these images, which provided a way to reflect on experiential and ephemeral elements of a place and represent these to an audience. This enabled me to investigate the way sound and drawing can contribute to an understanding of a place.

To create work I: recorded sound from chosen sites; translated selected sounds into sound-images using software; layered and processed these images into combined forms; and used these forms as the basis of large scale drawing and paper relief works.

Works focused on locations along a path following a creek in metropolitan Melbourne. When making recordings, I sought details of sound that I perceived to be characteristic of the chosen locations and which connected to the ambience of the site, such as the rustle of leaves.

I tested a range of software to generate sound images and applied visualisation methods including cochleagrams, spectrograms, sonograms and 3-D sound plots; and used tonal, line and dot representations in software.

I explored different mediums to respond to these sound images, including pencil, conte and paper. Developing from this, I created paper relief works.

The visual works were presented in galleries with a soundscape composed from the same ambient sounds from the chosen sites.

Through this research I developed new ways of using sound in visual works and relating my experience of sites to an audience. The development of working with paper relief, where I tore and formed the material, provided a way to connect a sense of texture when creating work to the textures experienced in relation to sounds from the sites.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Art
Keyword(s) sound
paper relief
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