Project 3

Sound, Noise, Intervention: Critique APRIL 3

Based on the work we have been doing on interrogating the nature of noise and silence, your project will involve an intervention into a public space that negotiates the boundaries between the two. Noise and silence are both relational concepts with a multiplicity of potentials. Draw from any of these selected interpretations, as well as interpretations of your own. Your performance/intervention will involve a mix of sonic conceptions of noise and non-sonic conceptions.

Your performance / intervention must take place in a public space (indoor / outdoor).

Step 1: PROPOSAL (March 27): next week, come to class ready to present a proposal for discussion

Step 2: CRITIQUE (April 3): bring to class aural documentation of your intervention using a good-quality audio recorder. If your intervention is extended, pick a 5-minute segment to play.

Step 3: WRITE-UP: A 1000-word write-up will be due the week after class by email (April 10).

conceptions of noise

NOISE as something out of one’s CONTROL

NOISE as DISTRACTION

NOISE as DEVIATION

NOISE as EXCESS

NOISE as RELATIONAL CONCEPT

NOISE as PROCESS

NOISE as CULTURALLY RELATIVE

NOISE as INEPTITUDE

NOISE as INEFFICIENCY

NOISE as SOMETHING OUT-OF-PLACE

NOISE as the PRIVATE MADE PUBLIC

NOISE as a PARASITE THAT RIDES ALONG WITH THE SIGNAL

NOISE is WHAT CANNOT BE EVALUATED

as well as the following questions:

What occurs in the background? Can it ever be consciously accessed?

How can you learn to listen peripherally? What could you do with that new ability?

How does the game of attention-grabbing function today, in a world of dense sensory stimulation?

What are some of the new ways in which signals cut through noise?

Can distraction—considered a negative condition—have positive aspects?

What new ways of being/living are made possible through distraction?

Can something can be noisy without being loud?