Chair Person: Norie Neumark
Presenters: Nermin Saybasili, Igor Stromajer & Isabelle Arvers
There is an uncanny quality to voice in electronic arts, viscerally carrying bodily intimacies to the listener through physical spaces, yet dislocated from the speaker’s body through reproduction and transmission. The digital voice is paradoxically human and machinic – intimate and intense, as it connects subjectivities on the one hand and the digitally abstract on the other hand, as it passes through machines on to the other. Whether voices call to us across the internet, or across the smaller space of an installation, or from the small screen of machinima, media artists have found this paradoxical and uncanny quality alluring and have worked with it across a range of media and emotional ranges. While voice is often discussed in a political and metaphorical sense (giving people a voice through media) the aim of this panel is to address the aesthetics of voice in media art. Voice, with all its paradoxes and ambiguities, is over-ripe for the theoretical and arttistic engagement that Roland Barthes invited with his now very familiar concept of grain of the voice. And voice with its intimacies, its intensities, its aesthetic richness, is all the more diverse and complex in the age when grain has become granular synthesis. Voice moves across and defines spaces and relationships, it resonates and re-sounds. It invokes, provokes, convokes. The panel will address such complexities of voice in the current digital and networked moment of electronic art by bringing to the fore the dynamic relationship between technique and technology and culture, by including theorists and artists in the panel discussion.
- Norie Neumark is Professor and Chair in Media and Cinema at La Trobe University (AU) and Director of the Centre for Creative Arts. She is a sound/media artist who makes sound and radiophonic work and collaborates with visual artist, Maria Miranda on media art works that have been exhibited widely internationally. She publishes on sound and media art, most recently as lead editor and contributor to Voice: Vocal Aesthetics in Digital Arts and Media (MIT Press, 2010). out-of-sync.com