Crossing the Boundary: Experiential Multimodalities in Sound, Music and the Visual Contribution: Talk with sonic / music examples
In this talk, we will consider the idea that both sound and visual-based artworks(media) are experienced multimodally. That is, when we experience an artwork, we do so from a trans-sensory experiential basis. Here, the notion that visual and auditory senses are not restricted exclusively to perceiving only sight-and-sound-based phenomena is investigated through recourse to some pre-existing examples of multimedia but also to my own composed example.
How, for example, can sound create an experience of stasis? And can this demarcate boundaries in the same way an abstract work of art might?Instead, I will argue that there is an interdependence between the senses. The visual perception of a painting of the sea may also, for example, evoke the sounds of the sea or other related phenomena Similarly, particular sounds (natural or composed) may invoke a visual or trans-sensory experience in the listener, such as that involving a pastoral scene – la Beethoven’s Symphony no. 6 (Pastoral symphony).
My research is interdisciplinary and focuses on the intersection of sound and vision in our aesthetic
experience of art, film and multimedia. I explore this from a phenomenological position but also
using the mechanism of metaphor, invoking critical theory and continental philosophy to help
explore this important area of experience. Together with these physical sense experiences, I also
explore how the imagination is invoked and implicated in our experience of artworks. I also lecture
in photography and am a keen musician.