Presented by the Unit for Sound Practice Research / Electronic Music Studios
G Douglas Barrett is an artist, composer, and writer on the subjects of music, contemporary art, culture, and politics. His artworks and performances are presented internationally by venues and galleries such as Audio Visual Arts, The Invisible Dog, Issue Project Room (New York), Pomona College Museum (California), Neutral Ground (Canada), Galerie Mark Müller (Zürich), and Sonic Arts Research Centre (Belfast). A recent USF Artist-in-Residence in Norway, Barrett has received awards from DAAD and Franklin Furnace and is a 2015-17 Akademie Schloss Solitude fellow. His writing has been published in Postmodern Culture, Contemporary Music Review, Mosaic, and Tacet. His book, After Sound: Toward a Critical Music (2016), is published by Bloomsbury Academic.
For this presentation G Douglas Barrett will discuss his artistic practice and related musicological and art-theoretical work that supports it. His work explores contemporary social and political issues through the forms and materials of postwar music and contemporary art. These materials include musical instruments, scores, recordings, and the voice along with visual media such as video, photography, visual design, and non-musical performance.
This talk will focus on the use of conceptualism, research-based work, and social practice in Barrett's recent work, and in music more broadly. These approaches, while typically associated with contemporary (visual) art, will be exhibited as integral components of a critically engaged musical practice. Furthermore, by adopting these forms, music, he argues, can break from its longstanding adherence to the notion of non-conceptual sound in order to engage with a broader world of meaning and action.
The Music Research Series is designed to help postgraduate students advance their research and careers. The events stimulate exchange, hones skills, facilitates the creation of professional networks and helps to consolidate the department’s postgraduate community, all over a glass of wine!
Attendance is strongly recommended for all postgraduate students (MA, MMus and PGR) in Music but of course undergraduates, music researchers, and visitors from across the college and the community are also most welcome to these public lectures.
Dates & times
|7 Mar 2017||5:00pm - 6:30pm|
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