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By Seth Kim-Cohen

An ear-opening reassessment of sonic artwork from international warfare II to the current

Marcel Duchamp famously championed a "non-retinal" visible paintings, rejecting judgments of flavor and wonder. within the Blink of an Ear is the 1st booklet 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 artwork 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 routine within the gallery arts. utilizing key principles from poststructuralism, deconstruction, and artwork historical past, within the Blink of an Ear means that the sonic arts were topic to an identical cultural pressures that experience formed minimalism, conceptualism, appropriation, and relational aesthetics. Sonic perform and thought have downplayed - or, in lots of circumstances, thoroughly rejected - the de-formalization of the paintings 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 belief. consequently, the "sound-in-itself" tendency has turn into the dominant paradigm for the construction and reception of sound artwork. Engaged with serious texts by way of 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 historical past of sound artwork, rejecting sound-in-itself in want of a studying of sound's elevated scenario and its uncontainable textuality. while, this significant ebook 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 contain:

George Brecht
John Cage
Janet Cardiff
Marcel Duchamp
Bob Dylan
Valie Export
Luc Ferrari
Jarrod Fowler
Jacob Kirkegaard
Alvin Lucier
Robert Morris
Muddy Waters
John Oswald
Marina Rosenfeld
Pierre Schaeffer
Stephen Vitiello
La Monte Young

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