The World is Sound – 10/22/17

1. Reflect on the use of the “sound field” at the museum. How did sound and visuals relate to bring an embodied experience for you as the audience?

Sound and sound fields were used in a very deliberate way through out this exhibition. There was sound filling large spaces such as the stair case and sound filling specific smaller closed off spaces that were meant for a single person. These choices guided the viewer to understand the intent of each piece, to be heard in a large space with lots of other information going on or in a smaller space with little to no visual or very specific visuals. Some of the sound was meant to be atmospheric while others were meant to have a specific interaction within one space. There were varying sizes of the sound fields. Some of the smaller sound fields were paired with a video of visuals or a specific space. For one piece the sound was heard with a video of light visuals, much like those in 2001 a space odyssey when he is reborn, these harsh visuals, that even required a warming, made the piece highly uncomfortable to view and the sound was just there. In the om room the visuals were soft patterned panels the accompanied the sounds very well, they both gave a sense of calming relaxation. The sounds often took on the inherent mood of the visuals.

2. Choose one piece of work from the exhibit. Which piece did you choose?

Collective Om is the piece I chose.

3. DESCRIBE the piece using noticing skills. Questions you may choose to ask yourself: (Please describe a minimum of five different noticings you have.)

The piece was mostly sound. It took place in a small room with places to sit. there were large panels on the walls. the panels were made of some type of foam and were squishy. they had a soft circular patten in grey. the room was low lit. there was no color, very little. monochrome

    • What are five separate elements or principles of design that you noticed in the piece you chose?
      • Light. Pattern. Shape. Color. placement.
    • Please describe how these elements or principles are employed in the piece.
      • The lighting in the room was very dim, it made the space soft and calm. There were simple circular patters on the rectangular panels that allowed the eye to rest of a space that was predictable. There was very little color in the room, all soft shades of gray or white that gave the eye a break, nothing was bring or aggressive. the placement of these monochrome rectangular patterned panels was directly infant of the viewers face, this gives the viewer a tool, a place to rest their outer eyes.
    1. 4. ANALYZE – Choose from the open questions below or create your
      own questions: (You must have five different questions – and then answer them.)

      1. How did the lighting pair with the sounds?
        1. The lighting paired with the sounds in a complementary fashion. More calming light set ups were paired with more soothing sounds and then more uncomfortable sounds were paired with light set ups that were uneasy to the eye.
      2. Did the placement of the spaces flow easily?
        1. The placement and movement between the separate spaces of the exhibition seemed to move in a linear way from more comfortable to least comfortable starting with the collective om to the projected light show. The placement seemed to easy the viewer in, instead if causing a harsh shock.
      3. What color schemes did you notice?
        1. I mostly saw neutral colors, ones that would not take away from the sounds but complement them. In general the visuals were the give your eyes something to settle on to allow the mind to focus on the sounds.
      4.  what similarities did you notice between the main exhibition area and the areas where it carried throughout the museum?
        1. I noticed that they both evoked the same sense of questioning, it could not be pinpointed to when it changes or started but you knew that it did. This happened to me in all of the spaces.
      5.  What relationships do you notice among the elements?
        • The whole exhibition had a strong connection between all of the smaller individual parts. This connection/ relationship was formed in two ways. The common theme of sound and the placement of those sounds. As the viewer moved through the exhibition, the sound never stops, it is continuous. There are times when the viewer can notice that there is a different set of sounds but it is hard to know when each begins and ends. That element makes the piece come together as a whole.
          • Practicing Bomhian Arising:
            What connections do you make between he piece you experienced and anything else you are thinking about, learning about, sensing about?
          • For me as I moved through this space the one thing I kept being reminded of my yoga practice and meditation. At the end of each practice we would collectively meditate and end with a collective om. I used to practice yoga with my mother each week and so being in that space felt very comfortable. It reminded me of her, our spirituality, meditation and being centered. I need to go back and spend more time in that space. I know it’ll be good for my being.

5. INTERPRET. Connecting to Berger’s Ways of Seeing AND using Bohmian Arising: (You must have five different questions – and then answer them.)

    • What is it about?
      • I think this collection was about showing the viewer how sound does have an effect of the body, the made this clear by demonstrating the effect in a very controlled environment. How the world has a sounds that we are constantly taking in an being moved by either good or bad.
    • What ideas was the artist trying to convey in this work of art?
      • I think a sense of oneness was being conveyed. A oneness with the human race and the environment, the space around us. We were forced to recognize the sounds around us, we are one with the things we encounter. The sounds were also man made, this showed that together we have an effect on one an other.
    • What does it mean? What does it mean to you?
      • I think this means a higher sense of awareness to what we surround ourselves by. I think in many religions as demonstrated in the exhibition use certain sounds for s reason, the sounds can help guide followers into a certain state of being. This same principle takes place at all other times in our day to day lives.
    • Does it represent something? If yes, what?
      • This work represented to me and mediation. One form of meditation is to passively listen to the sounds of the world, here some sounds of the world were derived and some sounds of meaning were also delivered. Both gave a calm space to the viewer to step back and listen, to follow the instructions of listening with their whole body to focus inward and see how they were being effected.
    • Does the work of art evoke any emotions?
      • I am sure this could evoke any emotion from people, for me it evoked emotions of peace and love. Some of the sounds that were on display are sounds dear to my heart and soul, ones that remind me of the truth I know. It was those sounds that had an impact on me and left me with certain emotions.

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