Unsound – Agile Session | MA Curating and Collections 2017/18

Unsound

15.02.2018  

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Laura Callegaro, Unsound Documentation, 2018 Overhead installation photo of research plinth displaying the annotated texts of, (L-R), McLuhan, M (1967) The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects, Penguin Books, Sterne, J (2012) The Sound Studies Reader: Toward a Feminist Historiography of Electronic Music written by Rodgers, T, London: Routledge and Selected essays from Her Noise: Exhibition Catalogue, Dzuverovic, L & Hilde Neset, A (2005) GaleriE106, Chelsea College of Arts London, United Kingdom

Curated by MA Curating and Collections 2017/18 Students: Laura Callegaro, Cheryl Guo, Evie Knighton and Sarah Anne Millet

Unsound utilised the GaleriE106 space as a way to explore and present research into the Her Noise archive. Through the session’s selection of critical analysis, along with archival sound material and new sound engagements, Unsound aimed to question the medium of sound through the female voice.

The Her Noise archive, initially initiated by Lina Dzuverovic and Anne Hilde Neset in 2001 was a space to investigate music and sound histories in relation to gender. Additionally, Dzuverovic and Hilde Neset co-curated the Her Noise exhibition at South London Gallery in 2005, which continued the examination and exhibited women artists who uses sound as the medium of their work. The exhibition acted as an opportunity in which to present and continue to build on their research of sound and gender through performance, interaction and symposiums. Building from and including materials from the South London Gallery exhibition Her Noise archive aims to create a lasting resource in sound by creating a living and evolving archive, with the intention that the archive remains an active space, operating as a starting point for new investigations, research and exploration.

Through the use of the archive Unsound aimed to question the immateriality of sound, and in particular, the traces of and disembodiment of the feminised voice. Furthermore, the session also presents an investigation into the parameters of sound art and its medium of presentation. By including a selection of annotated critical and theoretical texts, the agile session not only highlights the lens and approach taken to their research but presents the session as an activated research space, which the viewer is able to engage with the curatorial investigation in relation to gender and sound.

        Unsound brings together sound archival material from the Her Noise exhibition that, in connection to the selected text, highlight and question how sound is archived and how these traces of sound and performance transform over time. As well, the exhibition brings forward the feminist lens that was central to the original Her Noise exhibition and archive. Which aid in pointing to the problematics for women in sound mediums and implications of the disembodied female voice. Continually, including recent investigation work and output from the archive Unsound emphasizes the different approaches and vehicles for sound as a medium. As well, this inclusion illustrates what problems women still face within sound art and address how the parameters and issues for women in sound have shifted since the original exhibition interaction of Her Noise.

List of Works:  

  1. McLuhan, M (1967) The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects, Penguin Books, annotated copy
  1. Selected essays from Her Noise: Exhibition Catalogue, Dzuverovic, L & Hilde Neset, A (2005) annotated copy
  1. Sterne, J (2012) The Sound Studies Reader: Toward a Feminist Historiography of Electronic Music written by Rodgers, T, London: Routledge, annotated copy
  1. Enviroment’s audio trace of the performance Kim Gordon, Jutta Koether and Jenny Hoyston | Reverse Karaoke 2005, from the exhibition Her Noise, South London Gallery
  1. Audio trace of Episode 3 | A Variety of Transgender Media Collected by Robin Buckley (2017) part of a widen project of LCC students collective Still Waiting and their discussion group

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